Thomas A. Muccifori

During his 30 years in practice, Thomas A. Muccifori has litigated business disputes of all types, ranging from complex matters for Fortune 500 companies to mid and small size businesses and individuals, including a variety of labor and employment issues in both the public and private sector.

Mr. Muccifori is rated AV®Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell; featured on the Top Attorney List, SJ Magazine—2005 to 2016 in Business Litigation; named an Awesome Attorney by South Jersey Magazine 2013-2016; a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” 2005 to 2009 and 2013-2017; and named by Inside New Jersey Magazine as “Top Legal Minds” 2012. Tom is one of a very few select attorneys in New Jersey with a rare perfect 10/10 AVVO rating.

In particular, Tom has gained nationwide experience in drafting, negotiating, counseling and litigating non-compete agreements of all types, on behalf of employers, employees and others. He has successfully litigated and defended a number of such cases in State and Federal Court on behalf of employees and employers seeking injunctive and monetary relief in a wide variety of contexts, including sales, technical employees, and key senior management. He is the founder and Chair of Archer’s Trade Secret Protection and Non-Compete Practice Group. Tom is also Chair of the firm’s Commercial Collections and Consumer Litigation Practice Group, which represents both creditors and debtors in all facets of commercial litigation.

Tom has spent his entire professional career with Archer, beginning with summer clerkships in 1984 and 1985, and as an associate attorney from 1986 until 1994, when he became a shareholder. Tom is licensed to practice in New Jersey and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Representative Experience

  • Utilizing cutting edge restrictive covenant and inevitable disclosure claims and theories to protect his clients’ interests, Tom has obtained temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and other relief for:
    • A leading biotech company
    • A leading plastic supplier company
    • Numerous office supply companies
    • Many large and small Delaware Valley employers riddled by key employee defections to competitors.
  • Tom successfully litigated a contentious, complex dispute between a New Jersey distributor of graphic art and printing supply materials against an international printing company and its majority owner. Following a fourteen day non-jury trial, Tom helped the distributor obtain and collect in full a $1,543,761.75 million judgment against the printing company and its owner for breach of contract, reformation and fraud. The $1,543,761.75 judgment entered by the Court was composed of $792,115.68 in compensatory damages, $662,775.00 in punitive damages and $88,871.01 in pre-judgment interest.
  • Labor and Special Counsel for the City of Brigantine (2003-2012)
  • Business Counsel for a number of companies in the plumbing, lumber, concrete, trailer, transportation and petroleum industries.

Professional And Community Involvement

Current Professional Organization Membership:

  • Burlington County Bar Association General Equity Committee Chair
  • Moorestown Business Association, Ethics Committee, Chair (Present)
  • American Bar Association, Member of Advisory Panel and Member of Committee on Business & Corporate Litigation (2003- present)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Burlington County Bar Association (Chair, General Equity Section, 1993-present)
  • Atlantic County Bar Association
  • Camden County Bar Association (Creditor Rights & Commercial Litigation Committees, 1986 – present)
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Burlington County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (1995-present)
  • Member, Commercial Law League of America (1997-present)
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (1986-present)
  • Member, L.E.A.D. (Lawyers Encouraging Archer’s Diversity)
  • Member, Equity Jurisprudence Committee, New Jersey Bar Association (Present)
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management

Current Community Involvement:

  • Editorial Advisory Board, SJ Magazine (2015-present)
  • Dean’s Leadership Council, Rutgers School of Law
  • Rutgers President’s Council
  • Member, Moorestown Business Association
  • Member, Burlington County Bar Foundation (2002- present)
  • Established the Honorable Thomas J. Muccifori Scholarship Fund at Rutgers School of Law, Camden (September, 2003)
  • Moorestown Education Foundation, Donor & Volunteer

Prior Professional and Community Service:

  • Chairman, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Burlington County Bar Association (2008-2009)
  • Chairman, General Equity Section, Burlington County Bar Association (2003-2010)
  • Trustee, Burlington County Bar Association (2005-2008)
  • Chairman, Commercial Litigation Committee, Camden County Bar Association (2002-2004)
  • Board of Directors, Brigantine Historical Society (2004-2006)
  • Steininger Behavioral Care Services Golf Committee Member (2001-2003)

Additional Community Information

  • Member, Laurel Creek Country Club
  • Manager & Coach, Moorestown Youth Baseball Federation, (2000-2008)
  • Volunteer, Moorestown Department of Recreation (2000-present)
  • Lecturer, Rutgers Law School, NJ Practice (1994-2004)
  • Board of Directors and Former President, Raman Condominium, Brigantine, NJ (1999-2005)

Awards And Recognition

Thomas A. Muccifori

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  • Speaker, What to Do When You Get that Bill, Emergent Litigation Topics NJSBA (April 17, 2016)
  • Speaker, Hot Topics in Chancery Practice, Burlington County Bar Association (February 10, 2016)
  • Speaker, Demystifying Chancery Practice, Burlington County Bar Association (January 28, 2015)
  • Speaker & Moderator, Burlington County Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn Programs (September 2012 on Collections) (March 2012 on Non-Compete)
  • Speaker, Demystifying Chancery Practice, Burlington County Bar Association (January 31, 2013)
  • Speaker, Demystifying Chancery Practice, Burlington County Bar Association (January, 2012)
  • Moderator, Demystifying Chancery Practice, Burlington County Bar Association (January, 2011)
  • Moderator, Demystifying Chancery Practice, Burlington County Bar Association (January, 2010)
  • Moderator, Demystifying Chancery Practice, Burlington County Bar Association (January, 2009)
  • Moderator, Demystifying Chancery Practice, Burlington County Bar Association (January, 2008)
  • Moderator, The Do’s and Dont’s of Drafting and Litigating Non-Compete Agreements in Chancery Court (January, 2007)
  • Speaker, Burlington County Bar Association Commercial Pilot Program Seminar (October, 2004)
  • Participant, Rutgers Law School Attorney Panel Series (March, 2003)
  • Guest, Small and Family Business Law, WPSJ Television Show “Legal Line” (January, 2002)
  • Guest, Legal Issues Surrounding Non-Compete, Non-Disclosure, and Non-Solicitation Clauses in Employment Contracts, WPSJ Television Show “Legal Line” (June, 2002)
  • Speaker, Small and Family Business Seminar, The Hammonton Chamber of Commerce (May, 2001)
  • Guest, Collections and Insolvency, WPSJ Television Show “Legal Line” (December, 2001)
  • Speaker, Trade Secret and Restrictive Covenant Litigation in New Jersey (NJ ICLE March, 1995)


Thomas A. Muccifori Named Co-Chair of Burlington County Bar Association’s General Equity Section, Bench and Bar Committee

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