John A. Tomei

PARTNER

Raleigh Office

TEL (919) 719-4717

FAX (919) 873-1814

Bringing nearly 30 years of litigation experience and industry knowledge to his practice, John focuses on the defense of all types of North Carolina workers’ compensation claims, including major and complex claims. He has developed a niche for representing insurance companies in workers’ compensation insurance coverage matters and disputes. John also has experience with a variety of injury by accident cases and occupational disease claims, including psychological and asbestosis claims. His many years of experience have given him an institutional understanding of the workers’ compensation and insurance coverage system unique to North Carolina, which is invaluable to his clients.

John is a certified mediator for workers’ compensation and Superior Court matters and often serves as a consensus builder. Through the benefit of his level-headed nature, he consistently assists lawyers and their clients to settle tough cases.

John’s trial and appellate practice includes appearances before the United States District Courts of North Carolina and Civil Superior and District Courts of North Carolina, as well as regular trial and hearing appearances before the North Carolina Industrial Commission, North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Throughout his lengthy career, John’s passion for communication and his natural tendency toward problem solving has been essential in expertly navigating the legal field. He enjoys using his skills and intellect to serve others. John assesses each case individually to determine the best outcome for the client and prides himself on his ability to remain calm and effective, even when litigation becomes necessary. He also speaks regularly to insurance and industry clients on various topics surrounding risk management and claims handling.

John was born in Syracuse, NY, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and moved to North Carolina as a young adult where he quickly became a Tar Heel. He follows Carolina sports and Cubs baseball and enjoys sharing those past times with his wife and two children, all of whom are Tar Heels. When he’s not reading a legal brief, he picks up a good non-fiction or historical novel. John and his family love to travel, particularly to Europe, and appreciate every landscape, from the mountains to the beach.

Support Team

Debbie Roark Legal Assistant

Rick Houchens, Paralegal

Education

B.A., 1984, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

J.D., 1989, University of North Carolina School of Law

Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, 2013-2020
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell©

Briggs v.  Debbie’s Staffing, Inc., ___ N.C. App. ___, 812 S.E.2d 706 (March 2018)

Defendants ultimately prevailed at the Full Commission and the Court of Appeals on the issue of whether a Plaintiff is required to produce expert medical evidence in order to establish that his employment conditions placed him at a greater risk for contracting the occupational disease complained of when compared to the general public.

PROFILE

Bringing nearly 30 years of litigation experience and industry knowledge to his practice, John focuses on the defense of all types of North Carolina workers’ compensation claims, including major and complex claims. He has developed a niche for representing insurance companies in workers’ compensation insurance coverage matters and disputes. John also has experience with a variety of injury by accident cases and occupational disease claims, including psychological and asbestosis claims. His many years of experience have given him an institutional understanding of the workers’ compensation and insurance coverage system unique to North Carolina, which is invaluable to his clients.

John is a certified mediator for workers’ compensation and Superior Court matters and often serves as a consensus builder. Through the benefit of his level-headed nature, he consistently assists lawyers and their clients to settle tough cases.

John’s trial and appellate practice includes appearances before the United States District Courts of North Carolina and Civil Superior and District Courts of North Carolina, as well as regular trial and hearing appearances before the North Carolina Industrial Commission, North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Throughout his lengthy career, John’s passion for communication and his natural tendency toward problem solving has been essential in expertly navigating the legal field. He enjoys using his skills and intellect to serve others. John assesses each case individually to determine the best outcome for the client and prides himself on his ability to remain calm and effective, even when litigation becomes necessary. He also speaks regularly to insurance and industry clients on various topics surrounding risk management and claims handling.

John was born in Syracuse, NY, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and moved to North Carolina as a young adult where he quickly became a Tar Heel. He follows Carolina sports and Cubs baseball and enjoys sharing those past times with his wife and two children, all of whom are Tar Heels. When he’s not reading a legal brief, he picks up a good non-fiction or historical novel. John and his family love to travel, particularly to Europe, and appreciate every landscape, from the mountains to the beach.

Support Team

Debbie Roark Legal Assistant

Rick Houchens, Paralegal

Education

B.A., 1984, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

J.D., 1989, University of North Carolina School of Law

Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

AREAS OF PRACTICE
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
RECOGNITION & AWARDS
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, 2013-2020
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell©
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Briggs v.  Debbie’s Staffing, Inc., ___ N.C. App. ___, 812 S.E.2d 706 (March 2018)

Defendants ultimately prevailed at the Full Commission and the Court of Appeals on the issue of whether a Plaintiff is required to produce expert medical evidence in order to establish that his employment conditions placed him at a greater risk for contracting the occupational disease complained of when compared to the general public.