Thomas A. Muccifori

During his 33 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 2016 in Business Litigation; named an “Awesome Attorney” by South Jersey Magazine, 2013 and 2015 to 2017; a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” 2005 to 2009 and 2013-2017; 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

Current Professional Organization Membership:

  • 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-present)
  • Camden County Bar Association, Creditor Rights and Commercial Litigation committees (1986-present)
  • Moorestown Business Association, Chair, Ethics Committee
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Equity Jurisprudence Committee
  • Atlantic County Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League of America (1997-present)
  • L.E.A.D. (Lawyers Encouraging Archer’s Diversity)
  • National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (1995-present)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (1986-present)

Current Community Involvement:

  • Burlington County Bar Foundation (2002-present)
  • Burlington County Chamber of Commerce
  • Moorestown Business Association
  • Moorestown Education Foundation
  • Moorestown Department of Recreation (2000-present)
  • 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)

Prior Professional and Community Service:

  • 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)

Additional Community Information

  • Rutgers Law School, Lecturer, New Jersey Practice (1994-2004)
  • Laurel Creek Country Club
  • Moorestown Youth Baseball Federation, Manager and Coach (2000-2008)
  • Raman Condominium, Brigantine, New Jersey, Board of Directors and President (1999-2005)

Awards And Recognition





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Articles and Presentations


  • Moderator, Chancery & Injunction Practice in NJ State & Federal Court, Burlington County Bar Association (May 15, 2018)
  • Speaker, Small Business Focus: Archer Law’s Trade Secret Protection and Non-Compete Practice Group, Moorestown Business Association (December 20, 2017)
  • 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)


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