About Thomas J. Foley
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Attorney, Thomas J. Foley concentrates his practice of law in the areas
of personal injury and wrongful death. As the firm’s principal civil
trial attorney, Tom is most often on trial or preparing the firm’s
next case for trial. Tom’s in-court trial experience has proved
invaluable for Foley Griffin clients.
Tom’s clients have often suffered devastating injuries that have
dramatically changed their lives. As a result, Tom and his staff are always
mindful of the difficulties facing an injured person. Every aspect of
a person’s life is changed by pain. Oftentimes the injury and the
effects changes who the person is. Tom feels that the most important job
as a personal injury attorney is to make sure that the clients are aware
of every aspect of their case. He has even invested in case management
software that provides the client with a direct portal to monitor their
case. This type of access empowers the client and allows them to maintain
involvement in the case. Tom and his staff regularly call or email all
clients to keep an open line of communication. In addition, all cases
are constantly being conferenced with the staff on a regular basis. Tom
considers it an office failure if a client calls to check the status of
a case. Tom is proactive on all aspects of the client’s case, especially
Tom began his legal career as a prosecutor. He joined the Nassau County
District Attorney’s Office located in Hempstead and Mineola, New
York. At the DA’s office, Tom was initially responsible for handling
misdemeanor crimes such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), assault, domestic
violence and traffic offenses. After a short time, he was promoted to
the County Court Trial Bureau. In the County Court, Tom was responsible
for handling a wide range of felony offenses including felony DWIs, violent
assaults, burglaries and robberies. At the DA’s office, Tom tried
numerous cases to verdict and obtained valuable courtroom exposure.
In 1997, Tom left the DAs office along with this colleague and current
law partner, Brian J. Griffin. The firm was originally located in Mineola
and moved to the current location in 2008. Since going into private practice,
Tom has focused his practice on cases involving significant personal injury.
The cases generally arise out of car accidents, premises accidents or
work related accident.
Tom is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York Trial Lawyers
Association, Former Assistant District Attorneys Association, Nassau County
Bar Association, Member of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Technology
Committee, Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association as well as Assistant
Dean at the Nassau County Academy of Law. Tom is admitted to practice
in the Federal Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
In 2015, Tom served as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University
Business School. Tom taught business law to undergraduate students. Recently,
Tom was hired by St. John’s School of Law to serve as an adjunct
professor in the law school.
Tom is a life-long resident of Long Island. He attended grammar school
in Bethpage and the prestigious Chaminade High School in Mineola. After
graduating from Chaminade, Tom spent the next four years in Massachusetts
attending Boston College. Upon completion of his degree in Boston, Tom
returned home to New York to pursue his law degree at St. John’s
University Law School, located in Jamaica, Queens. At St. John’s,
Tom developed an interest in trial law. As a third year law student, Tom
competed in and won the Moot Court Trial Competition at St. John’s.
Immediately upon completion of his studies at St. John’s and taking
the New York State Bar Examination. In 1994, Tom began working at the
Nassau County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district
attorney. At the DA’s office, Tom met his wife, Karen, who at the
time was also a prosecutor for Nassau County. Tom and his wife live with
their two children on Long Island.