Tom Jardim, a Shareholder with the firm, has a wide range of experience in general civil litigation; construction law; employment law, insurance defense; governmental representation; and zoning, planning, and redevelopment law. Tom is the Co-Managing Partner of the firm, along with Rich Meisner.
Tom routinely handles complex matters involving discrimination and wrongful termination before administrative agencies, state and federal courts through all phases of discovery and trial. His practice areas also include health care, and PIP arbitration, and nonprofit law. He is an experienced trial attorney, having tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey.
Tom’s practice areas include construction-related advice and litigation, and complex commercial and insurance litigation. He primarily represents property owners, and in particular, condominium associations in connection with construction defect cases. He routinely works with owners, contractors, subcontractors, expert witnesses, and insurers in cases involving allegations of construction defects, including water leakage or damage, plumbing or roofing defects, mold, structural problems, or claims concerning other property damage to buildings or other defects. Tom’s prosecution and defense of complex commercial, construction, and insurance cases occur in a variety of forums, including federal, state, and appellate courts, as well as domestic and international arbitrations, including proceedings before the American Arbitration Association. His litigation and arbitration experience has included the preparation and trial of delay, disruption and acceleration claims, warranty claims, design changes and growth in scope of work, force majeure, schedule and liquidated damage claims, change order disputes, builder’s risk and insurance coverage disputes.
A related area of Tom’s expertise has involved the negotiation and drafting of all types of construction and commercial contracts, including new construction and repair contracts, energy service contracts, engineering contracts, master service agreements, sales agreements, charter party contracts, joint ventures, and project teaming/alliance agreements.
Tom’s practice also includes casualty and personal injury defense litigation, and the representation of clients in connection with public works construction contracts, bid protests, payment or performance disputes, and stop notice and bond claims.
Finally, Tom is an experienced land use attorney, having represented applicants, objectors, and the boards themselves, including currently in the Borough of Carteret.
Tom was elected Mayor of the Town of Westfield in 1996 and he was re-elected to that position in 1998. He was the first Democrat to be elected Mayor of Westfield since 1909. In 2001, Mr. Jardim was a candidate for the New Jersey State Assembly from the 21st Legislative District.
Tom served as an Adjunct Professor in Legal Research and Writing at Seton Hall Law School. He formerly chaired the District XB Ethics Committee. He has served as the President of the Union County League of Municipalities, as an officer with the Portuguese American Congress of New Jersey, and an Advisory Board of Trustees Member of Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Westfield Foundation, the Westfield Interfaith Community Preservation Association, and the Westfield Neighborhood Council. He served as Board Chairman of CeasefireNJ, a gun violence prevention organization, and is currently on the Boards of Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center and the Community Health Law Project. He is a founding member and current board member of the Raritan Valley Line Rail Coalition, a coalition of municipal and county officials, rail advocates, and commuters.
Tom is a 1988 graduate of the University of Richmond and received a law degree and a Master's Degree in foreign affairs, magna cum laude, from the American University in 1993. Prior to law school, Tom spent six months living in Tanzania in East Africa while conducting research and co-writing a documentary film.
Prior to engaging in the private practice of law, Tom worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, the Executive Office of Asset Forfeiture, in the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an Assistant Legislative Liaison with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.
Mayor, Town of Westfield, 1997-2001
President, Union County League of Municipalities
Member, Advisory Board of Trustees of Children’s Specialized Hospital
Member, Board of Trustees, Westfield Foundation
Member, Board of Trustees, Westfield Interfaith Community Preservation Association
Member, Westfield Neighborhood Council
Chairman, Ceasefire NJ
Member, Board of Trustees, Mayo Performing Arts Center
Member, Board of Trustees, Community Health Law Project
Member, Board of Trustees, Central Jersey Legal Services
Vice-President, Raritan Valley Line Rail Coalition