About The Law Offices of Tom Orr in Burlington, NJ

LEGAL EDUCATION

Rutgers School of Law – Camden, NJ

Juris Doctor, June, 1981

  • Teaching assistant for Dean and Professor in first year writing program
  • Moot Court Board: student instruction on legal research with emphasis on writing skillsand oral advocacy
  • Dean’s List

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Rutgers College – New Brunswick, NJ

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, June, 1978

  • Certificate in criminal justice
  • Dean’s List
  • Graduated with departmental honors
  • Senior Honor’s Program
  • Matilda White Riley Award for excellence in Research
  • Founder and Captain of Rutgers First Aid Squad

BAR ADMISSIONS

Supreme Court of New Jersey and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, December, 1981

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • 1996 to 2014             United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey

Court-appointed Mediator

  • 1990 to Present        Law Offices of Thomas J. Orr, Burlington, NJ

Sole Proprietor with emphasis on bankruptcy and commercial law

  • 1987 to 1993             Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ

Research and Writing Instructor

  • 1988 to Present        United States Department of Justice

Bankruptcy Trustee: administer Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcies

  • 1989 to 1990             Teich, Groh and Frost, Trenton, NJ

Associate in law firm with emphasis in bankruptcy and litigation

  • 1984 to 1989             Colaguori and Orr, Burlington, NJ

Partner in law firm with emphasis on business and bankruptcy

  • 1980 to 1984             Bookbinder and Colaguori, Burlington, NJ

Associate and law clerk in general practice firm

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • 1981 to Present         Counsel, NJ State Exempt Firemen’s Association, Inc.
  • 1981 to Present         Member of Burlington County Bar Association
  • 1983 to 1989             Co-chairperson of Burlington County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Committee
  • 1985 to 1989             Trustee, Burlington County Bar Association
  • 1985 to 1989             District Representative to Executive Committee of Young Lawyer’s Division of the N.J. State Bar Association and co-chairperson County Bar Outreach Committee
  • 1985 to 1989             Chairperson of Burlington County Bar Association Citizen’s Advisory Committee
  • 1985 to 1989             Chairperson of Burlington County Bar Association Special Civil Part Committee
  • 2001 to 2004            Member, District Ethics Committee
  • 2005 to 2009           Member, District Fee Arbitration Committee
  • 2014 to Present       Member, District Fee Arbitration Committee

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • 1981 to Present       Officer and Dive Team Member, Burlington, NJ Endeavor Emergency Squad
  • 1983 to 1989           Past Line Officer, Trustee and Honorary Member, Palmyra, NJ Palmyra Ambulance Association
  • 1987 to 2007           State of N.J. Emergency Medical Technician instructor and American Red Cross CPR and first-aid instructor
  • 1989 to Present      Executive Officer and Member, Mount Laurel EMS, Inc., Mount Laurel, NJ – Squad Member of the Year, 1992 and 1995

HONORS

Outstanding Service to the Community Award, NJ State Bar Association

Robert W. Criscuolo Award, Burlington County Bar Association