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Thomas O'Neill

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Thomas O'Neill
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #14
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   08/05/1983 - 07/05/1996
Senior:   07/06/1996 - Present
Preceded by:   Edward R. Becker
Succeeded by:   Petrese Tucker
Personal History
Born:   1928
Hometown:   Hanover, PA
Undergraduate:   Catholic U. of America, A.B., 1950
Law School:   University of Pennsylvania, LL.B., 1953
Military service:   U.S. Navy, Reserves 1948 - 1953

Thomas O'Neill, Jr. is a federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 1983 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.

Early life and education

Born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, O'Neill graduated from the Catholic University of America with his bachelor's degree in 1950 and later from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with his Law degree in 1953. O'Neill served in the United States Navy Air Reserve from 1948 to 1953.[1]

Professional career

O'Neill was a law clerk for former Federal Appeals Judge Herbert Goodwich in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals from 1953 to 1954, and then again for Supreme Court Justice Harold Burton in the Supreme Court of the United States from 1954 to 1955. From 1955 to 1956, O'Neill was a Fulbright scholar. O'Neill was in private practice in Pennsylvania from 1956 to 1983.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

On the recommendation of Pennsylvania U.S. Senators John Heinz III and Arlen Specter, O'Neill was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President Ronald Reagan on June 21, 1983 to a seat vacated by Edward R. Becker. O'Neill was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 4, 1983 on a Senate vote and received commission on August 5, 1983. O'Neill assumed senior status in July 6, 1996.[1]

Notable cases

FMLA case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (DMITRY NARODETSKY v. CARDONE INDUSTRIES, INC, NO. 09-4734)

Judge O'Neill was the presiding judge in a case involving the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 involving an employee who was wrongfully terminated. Dmitry Narodetsky is suing Cardone Industries on claims that human resources staff illegally conducted a forensic search of his work computer as a reason to refuse time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act when he needed surgery. The judge on February 24, 2010, refused a request from Cardone Industries attorneys to dismiss the case.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Edward R. Becker
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1983–1996
Seat #14
Succeeded by:
Petrese Tucker


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