Thomas A. Cushane, Esquire
The Cushane Law Firm, LLC
1028 East Landis Avenue
Vineland, New Jersey 08360
Labor & Employment Litigation
Employee Discipline & Internal Affairs
Widener University School of Law (J.D., 2006)
Rowan University (B.A., cum laude, Criminal Justice, 2003)
Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society
State of New Jersey (2007)
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (2007)
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (2014)
United States Supreme Court (2010)
Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Cushane served as a full-time police officer in New Jersey from 1993 to 2004—first in Avalon (Cape May County) and then in Washington Township (Gloucester County). During his 12-year law enforcement career, Mr. Cushane served as a police academy instructor, field-training officer, police patrol dog handler, and as a K-9 unit supervisor, where he was responsible for managing and directing the daily operations of his police department’s K-9 Unit. He is a certified Police K-9 Handler and a certified Police K-9 Trainer. He served for six years as his union’s president, during which he was an outspoken advocate on issues ranging from unlawful random drug testing procedures to the right to legal counsel during internal affairs interrogations.
Mr. Cushane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Rowan University, where he graduated with honors, and a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in the State of New Jersey and in the United States Supreme Court. He appears frequently before the Public Employment Relations Commission, the Civil Service Commission, and the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System.
Mr. Cushane is a co-founder of the New Jersey Police K-9 Association, a statewide consortium of certified police K-9 handlers and police K-9 trainers. Prior to entering the practice of law, he served that association as its Communications Director. He presently serves as Instructor Emeritus on the Association’s training staff.
In 2001, Mr. Cushane served as the chief architect of a comprehensive proposal to the state attorney general calling for reform of New Jersey’s police K-9 training standards. Acting on that proposal, Attorney General John Farmer empaneled a special advisory committee consisting of Mr. Cushane and nine other law enforcement professionals from among the New Jersey Police K-9 Association, the United States Police K-9 Association, and the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. Many of the reforms that Mr. Cushane championed were subsequently adopted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and implemented statewide—an achievement for which Mr. Cushane received written acclaim by Attorney General David Samson.
Upon invitation from the New Jersey Press Association in 1999 and 2000, Mr. Cushane testified twice before the New Jersey General Assembly State Government Committee and once before the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the New Jersey Press Association’s successful effort to overhaul New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act.
In 2006, Mr. Cushane urged much-needed reforms to aspects of New Jersey’s police internal affairs and police disciplinary processes, and drafted a six-part legislative blueprint designed to correct shortcomings in how allegations of police misconduct are investigated and adjudicated. Several of Mr. Cushane’s suggested reforms eventually became law.
In 2007 and 2011, Mr. Cushane was invited by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute to lecture at its annual Animal Law Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He remains a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s distinguished faculty.
In 2007, Mr. Cushane retired in good standing from law enforcement and founded The Cushane Law Firm, LLC. Later that same year, he was tapped to serve as General Counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police New Jersey Labor Council—a position he held for six years—during which he was the primary attorney responsible for representing the collective bargaining interests of that organization’s 100-plus bargaining units statewide and its over 2,100 active police officers, sheriff’s officers, corrections officers, and plain-clothes investigators.
His office is located in Vineland, from which he proudly represents law enforcement officers and their bargaining units throughout New Jersey’s 21 counties in labor, employment, internal affairs, and pension matters.