Thomas D. Seymour, Esq.
Summary of Qualifications
Accomplished and insightful Prosecutor and Regulatory Compliance Attorney with advanced knowledge of domestic and international hazardous materials transportation law and policy development. Working knowledge and experience with FOIA, Federal Torts Claim Act, OSHA "Right to Know", ERISA, EEOC, Administrative Procedures Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA and more. Experienced at directing and conducting sensitive investigations. Exceptional writing skills adroit at drafting wide range of documents; including, memorandums of law, memorandums of understanding, settlement documents, policy and procedure manuals, charging documents, complaints, answers to complaints, motions, regulations, etc. Trained educator with experience developing and proffering training presentations. Recognized for ability to manage large case loads and effectively juggle multiple tasks while providing a high quality finished product. Acknowledged as a fair mediator, and firm negotiator, with exceptional interpersonal skills and sound judgement. Trained and experienced in Appropriations Law, Root Cause Analysis, Mediation, 510(k) Application process, Medical Device Registration, etc. Tried and proven as an effective leader capable of motivating others and effectively communicating with managers, scientists, persons at all levels of organizations and with federal regulators/investigators.
The Creadore Law Firm PC, New York, NY
Attorney, 09/10 - 7/11
Represented clients before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives concerning regulatory compliance matters and administrative issues.
Drafted complaints for Injunctive Relief and Declaratory Judgement in Federal District Court.
Researched issues and advised clients on concerns relating to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits under the Clean Water Act and concerning regulatory matters under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.
U.S. Department of Transportation,
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Washington, DC
Senior Attorney, 10/01 - 09/10
Provided legal advice on regulatory compliance issues and policy, as well as on statutes of general applicability, such as Federal Appropriations Law, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, Federal Torts Claim Act and the Administrative Procedures Act.
Represented the agency and advised managers at sensitive meetings requiring senior representation.
Performed risk analysis when analyzing program operations and processes in order to advise managers concerning recommended regulatory and programmatic changes to address and/or avoid potential problems and to the increase proficiency of operations.
Drafted Memorandums of Understanding between federal agencies.
Provided legal and drafting advice during rule-making and legislative processes.
Provided guidance to agents from the Office of the Inspector General concerning focusing investigations, collection of evidence and assisted Assistant United States Attorneys with statutory and regulatory interpretation as well as by drafting indictments.
Authored a preemption determination relating to Massachusetts General Laws chapters 21E and 21K.
Led a team comprised of representatives from four (4) operating administrations in developing a Joint Operations Manual/Standard Operating Procedures.
Analyze program operations and processes and give advice to managers concerning regulatory and programmatic changes to address and avoid problems and increase proficiency of operations.
Received multiple monetary awards for abilities in regulatory compliance/enforcement, with notations such as: “phenomenal hazardous materials enforcement production.”
Consistently evaluated by supervisors as “Outstanding” or “Exceeds Expectations” with performance warranting comments such as: “service [is] noteworthy for his unprecedented productivity” and “extremely responsible attorney and a very hard worker... willingly takes on new and difficult assignments on his own initiative and when asked... has the skills and willingness to take on some of the more complex legal issues in the office.”
“Superior Achievement Award” (January 2003) – In support of the Department’s strategic goal of Safety and the President’s Management Agenda initiatives of Strategic Management of Human Capital and Expanded Electronic Government.
“Secretary’s Recognition for Making a Difference” (January 2005).
“Administrator’s Special Recognition Award” (December 2007) – “In recognition of exemplary achievement and ‘One PHMSA’ teamwork promoting the safe transportation of ethanol and other biofuels.”
“Appreciation Award” (December 2007) – “In recognition of superior efforts in legislative drafting and analysis and in hazardous materials enforcement.”
“Certificate of Appreciation” from Secretary of Transportation (September 2009) - In appreciation of exceptional efforts in the successful implementation of the Car Allowance Rebate System.
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Special Assistant United States Attorney, 2/08 - 8/08
Detailed from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Justice; worked in the Misdemeanor’s “General Crimes” section managing an active caseload of 100 to 150 cases. Performed all tasks associated with the criminal prosecution of cases in the Washington D.C. Superior Court. Tried seventeen misdemeanor and one felony case.
d’Oliveira & Morgan, New Bedford, MA
Associate Attorney, 4/01 - 10/01
Managed all aspects of case development in personal injury law firm. Appeared in District and Superior Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; appeared before Administrative Law Judges for Social Security disability hearings in Providence, RI; appeared before the Industrial Accident Board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Tufankjian, McDonald & Osterberg, Brockton, MA
Litigation Attorney, 3/00 - 4/01
Managed all aspects of client representation in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, divorce and child custody, guardianship, summary process, business litigation, and real estate. Appeared in District Court, Superior Court, Probate Court, Juvenile Court, and Land Court.
Attorney General of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Rule 3:03 Prosecutor/Intern, 1/98 - 5/98
Represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prosecuting unemployment fraud. Independently handled all aspects of prosecuting fraud cases.
United States Marine Corps, various duty locations
Sergeant, 6/81 - 12/86
“Honor Graduate” from boot camp (#1 of 92).
Quality Control Inspector.
New England School of Law, Boston, MA
Dean’s List: Spring 95–96, Fall 96-97, Spring 96–97, Fall 97–98, Spring 97–98
“CALI Award” in International Public Law
Chosen to submit a legal brief to the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA
B.A., Political Science, 5/92
Dean’s List: Fall 1990, Fall 1991, Spring 1992.