John A. Tomei

Partner

Raleigh Office

TEL (919) 873-0166

FAX (919) 873-1814

Bringing nearly 30 years of litigation experience and industry knowledge to his practice, John focuses on the defense of major and complex workers’ compensation claims. He has developed a niche for representing insurance companies and small to mid-size employers in industries such as construction, food service, and retail and hospitality. John has experience with a variety of injury by accident cases and occupational disease claims, including asbestosis. John is also a certified mediator for workers’ compensation and Superior Court matters and often serves as a consensus builder. He has an institutional understanding of the workers’ compensation system in North Carolina that is invaluable to his clients.

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.

In college, John realized that his passion for communication and his natural tendency toward problem solving would be best utilized in the legal field. He now enjoys using those 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. 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

Joanne Seder, Legal Assistant

Rick Houchens, Paralegal

Education

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

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

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association

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.

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Workers’ Compensation – Employers, 2013-2019
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell©
PROFILE

Bringing nearly 30 years of litigation experience and industry knowledge to his practice, John focuses on the defense of major and complex workers’ compensation claims. He has developed a niche for representing insurance companies and small to mid-size employers in industries such as construction, food service, and retail and hospitality. John has experience with a variety of injury by accident cases and occupational disease claims, including asbestosis. John is also a certified mediator for workers’ compensation and Superior Court matters and often serves as a consensus builder. He has an institutional understanding of the workers’ compensation system in North Carolina that is invaluable to his clients.

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.

In college, John realized that his passion for communication and his natural tendency toward problem solving would be best utilized in the legal field. He now enjoys using those 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. 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

Joanne Seder, Legal Assistant

Rick Houchens, Paralegal

Education

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

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

Bar 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
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.

RECOGNITION & AWARDS
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Workers’ Compensation – Employers, 2013-2019
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell©