Thomas J. Foley concentrates his practice of law in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death. As the firm’s principal civil trial attorney, Mr. Foley is most often on trial or preparing the next case for trial. Mr. Foley’s in-court trial experience has proved invaluable for Foley Griffin clients. Mr. Foley is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York Trial Lawyers Association, Former Assistant District Attorneys Association, Nassau County Bar Association, Member of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Plaintiff’s Roundtable Committee, Chairman of the Nassau County Bar Association, General/Solo/Small Firm Committee, Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association as well as legal counsel to the Nassau County Academy of Law. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal Eastern District of New York. Mr. Foley is currently president of St. John’s University School of Law, Nassau Alumni Chapter
Mr. Foley is a life long resident of Long Island. At various times, Mr. Foley has lived in Bethpage, Mineola, Merrick and Massapequa. He attended grammar school in Bethpage and attended the prestigious Chaminade High School in Mineola. After graduating from Chaminade, Mr. Foley spent the next four years in Massachusetts attending Boston College. Upon completion of his degree in Boston, Mr. Foley returned home to New York to pursue his law degree at St. John’s University Law School, located in Jamaica, Queens. At St. John’s, Mr. Foley developed an interest in trial law. As a third year law student, Mr. Foley competed in and won the Moot Court Trial Competition at St. John’s.
Immediately upon completion of his studies at St. John’s and taking the New York State Bar Examination, Mr. Foley began his legal career as a prosecutor. He joined the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office located in Hempstead and Mineola, New York. At the DA’s office, Mr. Foley was initially responsible for handling misdemeanor crimes such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), assault, domestic violence and traffic offenses. After a short time, he was promoted to the County Court Trial Bureau. In the County Court, Mr. Foley was responsible for handling a wide range of felony offenses including felony DWIs, violent assaults, burglaries and robberies. At the DA’s office, Mr. Foley tried numerous cases to verdict and obtained valuable courtroom exposure.
In 1997, Mr. Foley left the DAs office along with this colleague and current law partner, Brian J. Griffin. The firm was originally located in Mineola and moved to the current location in 2008.
At the DA’s office, Mr. Foley met his wife, Karen, who at the time was also a prosecutor for Nassau County. Mr. Foley and his wife have two young children and reside on Long Island in Nassau County.
- Boston College
- Chaminade High School
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- Former Assistant District Attorneys Association
- Nassau County Bar Association
- Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association
- Nassau County Bar Association’s Plaintiff’s Roundtable Committee
- Nassau County Bar Association, General/Solo/Small Firm Committee
- Nassau County Bar Association Academy of Law
- Legal Counsel
- St. John’s University School of Law
- President, Nassau Chapter Alumni Association
- Past Employment Positions:
- Nassau County, Assistant District Attorney