Thomas Drohan 2017-03-15T21:21:20+00:00

Thomas B. Drohan

Member

(617) 377-4365

Tom’s practice concentrates on civil litigation, business law, construction law, administrative law, appeals, and attorney discipline matters. He has extensive experience litigating civil matters in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts. He also regularly represents clients in proceedings before the Bid Protest Unit of the Attorney General’s Office, the Division of Professional Licensure, and the Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Tom has briefed and argued dozens of cases before the Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court on a wide range of legal issues, involving trade secrets, business torts, shareholder derivative actions, class certification issues, commercial disputes, government takings cases, constitutional law, punitive damages, wrongful death actions, insurance coverage disputes, land use, and numerous evidentiary issues.

Prior to founding Drohan, Hitt & Hadas, LLC, Tom was a partner with Cosgrove Eisenberg & Kiley, P.C. where he practiced law as a trial attorney for over two decades. Tom is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1990) and earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1995).  He was admitted to practice before the Massachusetts Bar in 1995 and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1998.

Tom was selected as a 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyer, an honor reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in Massachusetts.

Tom resides in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended a policyholder derivative action on behalf of a national insurance company before the Massachusetts Superior Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, resulting in dismissal of the plaintiffs’ case.

  • Successfully defended a retired firefighter, injured in the course of his duty, before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts against third-party challenges to his injury related compensation settlement, in a case that was one of first impression in the Commonwealth.

  • Successfully defended a small business owner and closely held company before the Massachusetts Appeals Court against allegations of trade secret infringement, misappropriation of confidential and proprietary customer information and unfair solicitation of customers, resulting in dismissal of the plaintiffs’ case.

  • Successfully defended a national insurance company before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court against allegations of bad faith, violations of G.L. c. 93A and 176D, and negligence, resulting in dismissal of the plaintiffs’ case.

  • Successfully defended, at both the trial court and appeals court levels, an international corporation in a complex commercial assignment case, resulting in dismissal of the plaintiffs’ case.

  • Defended a corporation and its owner against numerous tortious and contractual claims brought against it by a corporate tenant, resulting in favorable decisions for the client in the Superior Court and the Appeals Court, including the award of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by the client in defending the action.

  • Won a defense verdict in a wrongful death case after a week long jury trial in the Superior Court, and successfully defended that verdict on appeal.

  • Successfully defended a client in a land dispute and nuisance case before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, resulting in dismissal of the plaintiffs’ case.

  • Obtained a winning verdict for a client, after a four day trial in the Massachusetts Land Court, against a Town which sought to force a purchase of the client’s land pursuant to G.L. c. 61A.

  • Successfully defended a client against allegations of negligent supervision of a minor in a personal injury action, resulting in dismissal of the plaintiffs’ action, in a case that made law in the Commonwealth.

  • Represented numerous clients and negotiated favorable settlements in several actions brought by The Commonwealth pursuant to the Massachusetts False Claims Act, G.L. c. 12, § 5A et seq.

  • Appeared and argued in dozens of bid protest actions involving public contracts before the Bid Protest Unit of the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law & Litigation
  • Construction & Public Bidding
  • False Claims Law
  • Administrative & Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Attorney & Professional Discipline

Admitted to Practice

  • Massachusetts, 1995
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1998

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, JD, 1995
  • Johns Hopkins University, BA, 1990

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyer

Publications

  • Lexis Nexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Administrative Law and Practice (Randazzo & Hitt Editors), 2014-2016.
  • Reflections on Our Constitutional Mission: Making Self-Government Work—by Harold Norris, Law Review of Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, 1998.

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Boston Athenaeum, Member