Walter Toomey

Walter J. Toomey

Director of Legal Studies, Associate Teaching Professor

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Criminology and Justice Studies
(978) 934-2765
Health and Social Sciences Building - 443


Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Business Law, Trade Secrets, Noncompete Agreements


  • BA: Philosophy, Biology, University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA 01854
    Supporting Area: Legal Studies
  • JD, Suffolk University Law School - Boston, MA 02108
  • MA: Criminal Justice, UMass Lowell - Lowell, MA 01854


Professor Walter Toomey is the Director of the Legal Studies Program at UMass Lowell. His principal teaching areas are in the fields of business law and ethics, employment law, intellectual property, cyber law, environmental law, criminal law, wills, trusts & estates, legal research and writing, constitutional law, and legal concepts. He teaches in the day school, for the Honors College, and online. He has co-authored texts on Intellectual Property for Carolina Academic Press, and served as President and Treasurer of the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association. He has also served UMass Lowell as a faculty senator, an Honors mentor and thesis advisor, an LSAC pre-law advisor, and LSAT Prep instructor. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, Professor Toomey taught various legal courses in the Legal Studies Program since 2007.

Professor Toomey is also a licensed Massachusetts attorney and an experienced litigator. His law practice in Boston, Massachusetts has focused on business law, employment law, and other civil litigation matters including workplace and public accommodation discrimination on the basis of disability, age, gender, pregnancy, religion, national origin, race, sexual orientation, associational discrimination, and retaliation, as well as sexual harassment, unpaid wages and overtime, trade secret disputes, noncompete litigation, small business disputes, and unemployment insurance disputes. Professor Toomey has successfully tried civil jury cases in the Superior and District courts of Massachusetts, argued appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, argued before panels of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Workforce Development, and successfully tried cases in private arbitration before the American Arbitration Association and others.

Selected Publications

  • Jones, M., Toomey, W.J., Aiken, N., Bazin, M.D. (2014). Intellectual property law fundamentals. Carolina Academic Press