Thomas R. Sutcliffe

Practice Areas


Thomas R. Sutcliffe is a commercial litigator who represents clients in a wide range of cases, including multi-million dollar business disputes, defamation and commercial disparagement claims, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition cases, First Amendment litigation, catastrophic torts, and challenges to decisions by regulatory agencies.  He has taken a leading role in a number of matters, both at the trial level and on appeal, involving novel legal issues and questions of first impression under federal and state law. He has also handled class actions and other complex disputes involving the handling of insurance claims.  Tom’s practice focuses on finding creative and efficient ways to help clients navigate litigation while allowing them to achieve their strategic objectives.

Tom also maintains an active pro bono practice and has filed multiple amicus curiae briefs on behalf of nonprofit advocacy organizations.

Prior to joining Prince Lobel, Tom worked at a prominent international law firm. He also previously clerked for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2009
  • Notes Editor, Boston University Law Review
  • Susquehanna University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2006
  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Boston Bar Association
  • July 2017: “Profiting without profit: applicability of 93A to nonprofits,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • May 2017: “How to Get an LLC into Federal Court: Tips for Pleading Diversity Jurisdiction Over Unincorporated Entities,” Boston Bar Journal, 62(2)
  • April 2016: “Subpoenaing Third Parties in Proceedings before the Massachusetts Securities Division,” Boston Bar Journal, 60(2).
  • March 2015: Massachusetts’ Usury Statute: Neither Sword Nor Shield?,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 2009: Note, “The Nile Reconstituted”: Executive Statements, International Human Rights Litigation, and the Political Question Doctrine, Boston University Law Review, 89 (1), p. 295-330
  • May 2018: Speaker, “Getting Into (and Staying In) Federal Court: Tips for Pleading and Proving Federal Subject Matter Jurisdiction,” Boston Bar Association Senior Associates Forum
  • Helped secure dismissal of putative class action brought against insurance carrier challenging manner in which automobile claims are valued in Massachusetts. Successfully defended judgment on appeal.
  • Co-authored successful motion to dismiss multi-million-dollar defamation action brought against nationally recognized blog.
  • Successfully moved for summary judgment on behalf of non-profit health care system in multi-million dollar action alleging breach of contract, defamation, commercial disparagement, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Successfully defended judgment on appeal.
  • Helped obtain declaratory judgment on behalf of insurer in the Business Litigation Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court confirming enforceability of multi-state class action settlement.
  • Represented landowner in successful certiorari action challenging, on due process grounds, local conservation commission’s refusal to permit construction of home.
  • Co-authored and successfully argued motion to dismiss breach of contract and civil conspiracy allegations brought by municipal corporation against major cable provider.
  • Helped obtain summary judgment on behalf of major league baseball player on grounds that contract was void under Cuban Asset Control Regulations.
  • Co-authored complaint in federal district court alleging various state securities laws were preempted by federal Investment Advisers Act. Helped obtain favorable settlement for client.
  • Successfully represented creditor on appeal in dispute involving questions of first impression under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (Zimmerling v. Affinity Fin. Corp., 86 Mass. App. Ct. 136 (2014)).
  • Co-author of amicus curiae brief filed with Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in support of successful appeal of denial of anti-SLAPP motion.