Thomas A. Muccifori

During his 35 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-sized businesses and individuals, including a variety of labor and employment issues in both the public and private sectors. Utilizing his background in business and full knowledge of his client’s businesses and industries, Tom identifies and  evaluates potential risks, resolves thorny issues through pre-suit negotiations and, when necessary, strategically, aggressively and efficiently navigates his clients through all law, chancery  and complex business courts throughout New Jersey, as well as its Federal District Courts, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Muccifori is rated AV®Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell; featured on SJ Magazine’s “Top Attorney” List, 2005 to 2019 in Business Litigation; named an “Awesome Attorney” by South Jersey Magazine, 2013 and 2015 to 2019; a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” 2005 to 2009 and 2013-2019; and named among the state’s “Top Legal Minds” by Inside New Jersey Magazine, 2012. In addition, 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 with 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

  • Member, Equity Jurisprudence Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America: Fellow (Present)
  • American Bar Association, Advisory Panel and Committee on Business & Corporate Litigation (2003-present)
  • Burlington County Bar Association, Chair, General Equity Committee (2005-2018)
  • Camden County Bar Association, Creditor Rights and Commercial Litigation committees (1986-present)
  • Moorestown Business Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Equity Jurisprudence Committee
  • Atlantic County Bar Association
  • Lawyers Encouraging Archer’s Diversity
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (1986-present)
  • Burlington County Bar Foundation (2002-present)
  • Burlington County Chamber of Commerce
  • Moorestown Business Association
  • Moorestown Education Foundation
  • Rutgers President’s Council
  • Rutgers School of Law, Dean’s Leadership Council
  • SJ Magazine, Editorial Advisory Board (2015-present)
  • Established the Honorable Thomas J. Muccifori Scholarship Fund at Rutgers School of Law, Camden (September 2003)
  • Burlington County Bar Association, Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2008-2009)
  • Burlington County Bar Association, Chair, General Equity Section (2003-2010)
  • Burlington County Bar Association, Trustee (2005-2008)
  • Camden County Bar Association, Chair, Commercial Litigation Committee (2002-2004)
  • Brigantine Historical Society, Board of Directors (2004-2006)
  • Steininger Behavioral Care Services, Golf Committee (2001-2003)
  • Moorestown Department of Recreation (2000-2014) Volunteer
  • Rutgers Law School, Lecturer, New Jersey Practice (1994-2004)
  • Moorestown Youth Baseball Federation, Manager, Coach and Volunteer (2000-2008)
  • Raman Condominium, Brigantine, New Jersey, Board of Directors and President (1999-2005)

Awards and Recognition

  • New Jersey Law Journal Professional Excellence Award for Mentorship (2019)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1983)
  • American Legion Citizenship Award (1975, 1979)
  • Outstanding Young Men of America (1988)
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine (2005-2008, 2013-2017)
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation in 2009, Super Lawyers Magazine Corporate Counsel edition
  • Named a “Top Attorney” in Business Litigation (2005-2019), Commercial Litigation (2020, 2021) and Debt Collection Litigation (2005-2009) by SJ Magazine
  • Named an “Awesome Attorney” by South Jersey Magazine (2013 and 2014-2016, 2019-2021)
  • Monsignor Donovan High School (Toms River, NJ) – Hall of Fame Inductee (1979 State Champion, Tennis)
  • AV®Preeminent™ rated Labor and Employment Lawyer (5 out of 5) by Martindale Hubbell
  • Perfect 10 AVVO rating
  • Named as one of “Top Legal Minds” (2012) by Inside New Jersey
  • Hole in One, September 16, 2001, 3rd hole, Laurel Creek CC
  • Club Champion, Tennis. Laurel Creek CC (October 14, 1999)
  • Named “2018 Top Rated Litigator” by ALM
  • Named an “Awesome Attorney” by New Jersey Magazine

Articles and Presentations





Thomas A. Muccifori
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Archer Attorneys Named to South Jersey Magazine’s List of Awesome Attorneys

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