Thomas R. Donohue is a partner with BHPK Law. He is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who focuses on defending public employees and entities in cases involving police misconduct, civil rights, discrimination, and other complex litigation matters. Tom also defends employers, both public and private, in employment and personal injury disputes. Tom’s precedent-setting cases have earned him the recognition as one of the leading voices on issues involving police officers in the Commonwealth.
Tom’s tireless work on behalf of his clients is often recognized in the media. He has been quoted in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and provided legal commentary for an I-Team Investigative Report for WBZ (CBS 4), where he gave expert legal analysis on the distinction between public and private employees accused of workplace misconduct. He has also been published in the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Publication, Municipal Law Quarterly.
Tom is also a sought-after lecturer and trainer for other lawyers on police misconduct and trial advocacy. He is a routine contributor at MCLE New England, serving as chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation seminar and as a faculty member of the Direct & Cross-Examination Skills Workshop and the Trial Advocacy Workshop. In addition, Tom has taught at the International Municipal Lawyers Association Seminar on trial tactics. Tom is also a regular guest speaker at the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MCAC).
Prior to joining BHPK, Tom spent over six years as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston, representing public officials and police officers at every stage of civil litigation in both state and federal court. After graduating from law school, Tom served as an AmeriCorps attorney at Western Massachusetts Legal Services, representing survivors of domestic violence in family law and abuse protection matters. Presently, Tom leads BHPK Law’s involvement in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Pro Bono 209A Program, where he continues to advocate on behalf of victims seeking restraining orders against alleged domestic abusers.
Tom has been trusted/chosen to represent a number of lawyers and their family members, and been appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General.
Areas of Practice
- Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, J.D. (1999)
- Miami University (Ohio), B.A., Zoology, (1996)
- First Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts