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Thomas Hartmann

I am attorney Tom Hartmann. I am a deeply and broadly experienced lawyer who specializes in  commercial litigation. I have been doing this for 30 years in New Jersey and throughout the country. I also served in the United States Air Force on active duty and in the reserves for over 32 years, retiring at the rank of Brigadier General. This one of a kind breadth of experience allows me to serve my clients with great energy, judgment, focus and determination. The profile below expands on my background.

Litigation, Trial, Arbitration and Mediation

As a commercial litigator, I have successfully undertaken hundreds and hundreds of state cases; federal trial work; obtained multiple temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions; won numerous appellate and summary judgment efforts; argued and won prisoner rights cases twice before the Missouri Supreme Court; accomplished international property attachment; resolved a $100 million arbitration in favor of my client; and succeeded at multiple mediations.

I have defended and prosecuted over 100 criminal matters involving murder, manslaughter, rape, sexual assault, aggravated assault, theft, drug use, possession, distribution, conspiracy and importation, theft, and false claims.

General Counsel

As a General Counsel for public and private companies, I have offered all aspects of legal support: litigation; transactional; negotiation of major contracts; regulatory; Board/Committee agendas and secretarial matters; real estate and leases; dispute resolution; negotiation of banking-security-subordination-intercreditor agreements; preparation of public filings; licensing; insurance; legal/financial/regulatory/HR/marketing compliance; corporate governance; and risk management. As a General Counsel, I successfully resolved more than 400 cases in litigation, including a class action for less than 5% of its expected recovery value.

Global Mergers & Acquisitions

I was the lead negotiator for my client on the creation of a multi-billion dollar second national telecom provider in France with U.S., British, German and French partners. I divested two cable TV properties for approximately $1 billion. I shepherded a $100 million divestiture in Chile; managed international regulatory approvals for the largest telecom merger in history at the time; and negotiated joint marketing agreements between my client and satellite TV and Internet service.

Restructuring; Turnaround; Direct Operational Experience

As General Counsel, I led a company through a 56-day prepackaged bankruptcy. I negotiated with the bank syndicate, as well as hundreds of litigants and other claimants to speed the process and put the company back in full swing. I helped lead the company after emergence as General Counsel and Sr. Vice President of Administration by assuming responsibility for Safety, HR, Insurance, Regulatory, Collections, and a substantial Procurement Centralization effort, which netted approximately $11 million in savings.

Military Service

I served in the United States Air Force both on active duty and as a reservist for more than 32 years, retiring at the rank of Brigadier General.


I am an Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. I won the Franklin Wolfe Fellowship in Humanities for post-graduate study at Stanford University, where I was awarded a Master of Arts Degree and named an Air Force Institute of Technology Distinguished Graduate. I graduated WITH HIGH HONORS from George Washington University Law School and was named to the Order of the Coif.

Sole Practitioner Location: Watchung, New Jersey Phone: 203-451-6919 Email: E-mail Me

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Civil
  • Collections
  • Commercial Leases
  • Contracts
  • Litigation
  • Corporate Policies & Procedures
  • Condominium Law
  • Employee Rights - Employer
  • Employment Contracts - Employer
  • Employment Discrimination - Employer
  • Employment Law - Employer
  • Mediation
  • Misdemeanor
  • Race Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1983
  • Missouri, 1991 (inactive)
  • Illinois, 2002 (retired)
  • New Jersey, 2010
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2010


  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
    • M.A. - 1978
    • Honors: Air Force Institute of Technology Distinguished Graduate
  • US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • B.S. - 1977
    • Honors: Honor Graduate
    • Honors: Deans List
    • Honors: Commandant's List
    • Honors: Superintendent's List
    • Major: History
    • Second Major: International Affairs

Published Works

  • Enforcing Arbitration Awards, Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Vol 12, Number 3, 1996
  • Reprint of Enforcing Arbitration Awards, Commercial Law Advisor, Issue No. 132, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Air Force Reserve Officer's Assn., Life Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Bar Associations, Member (Inactive)
  • Missouri Bar Association, Member (Inactive)
  • The District of Columbia Bar, Member


  • English


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    I have known Tom Hartmann since he interned as a law student at George Washington University School of Law in my Staff Judge Advocate office at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. in 1982. Prior to that point, he had distinguished himself at the Air Force Academy, obtained a master's degree ...

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At the Watchung office of The Hartmann Law Firm LLC, attorney Tom Hartmann represents clients across New Jersey to advance their business, commercial, and personal goals when legal issues arise. We are responsive, communicative, and fully dedicated to your needs. Attorney Tom Hartmann represents clients across New Jersey, including Westfield, Plainfield, Berkeley Heights, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Edison, Piscataway, North Brunswick, East Brunswick, Sayreville, New Brunswick, Union, Elizabeth, Orange, East Orange, Morristown, Livingston, Scotch Plains, Summit, Mountainside, Springfield, Watchung, Union County, Somerset County, Middlesex County and Morris County, New Jersey. You can use the contact form, email me at [email protected] or call me on on my cell (203 451 6919).