Mr. Thomas opened his own practice immediately upon graduating law school in 2000 and quickly gravitated to civil litigation. For several years his practice was limited to representing Plaintiffs in varying types of civil litigation including personal injury, class actions and multi-district litigation. In January of 2008, Mr. Thomas accepted an offer to join the senior staff of the Kentucky Attorney General. Initially upon joining the office, he served as the director of the Office of Civil and Environmental Law, which was responsible for handling civil litigation on behalf of the Attorney General and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Only two months after joining the Attorney General’s office Mr. Thomas was promoted to a position as one of two Assistant Deputy Attorneys General. In that capacity he supervised the Offices of Civil and Environmental Law, Medicaid Fraud, Consumer Protection and Rate Intervention. Mr. Thomas also handled a docket of civil litigation that included both high profile and complex litigation, defended prosecutors and judges in both federal and state courts, served as the OAG’s ethics officer and was responsible for representing prosecutors and attorneys in the OAG in disciplinary matters before the Kentucky Bar Association.
In January of 2011, Mr. Thomas returned to private practice and established Thomas Law Offices which has grown to a firm of twelve lawyers with offices in Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Columbia, MO and Chicago, IL. The firm’s attorneys are primarily focused solely on civil litigation in the areas of personal injury and business litigation. Mr. Thomas now represents clients in courtrooms, not only all across Kentucky, but in many courts across the nation.
Mr. Thomas is a frequent lecturer and has conducted seminars throughout the country on trial skills, ethics and technology, including the use of mobile technology, iPads, litigation management and trial preparation software. He is a cum laude graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of law and obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College.
PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT Thomas Law Offices, PLLC (January 2011 – Current) Attorney in Private Practice (October 2000 – January 2008)
Practice limited to civil litigation on behalf of both individuals and businesses as Plaintiffs in a wide variety of matters including, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, medical malpractice, accounting and auditing malpractice, products liability, mass tort litigation, class actions and other serious personal injury matters.
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Lawyer Minds, LLC (2020 – Current) CoFounder
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Assistant Deputy Attorney General Office of the Kentucky Attorney General (April 2008-Dec. 2010)
Served as one of the Attorney General’s three most senior advisors on all matters related to the functions of the office, litigation and policy. Responsible for overseeing the operations of four divisions including the Office of Civil and Environmental Law, Office of Consumer Protection, Office of Rate Intervention and Office of Medicaid Fraud. These divisions, which consisted of more than 100 attorneys, staff and investigators, handled all civil matters and many criminal prosecutions. In addition, personally handled major litigation on behalf of the Attorney General appearing in courts across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court and a number of federal trial court and courts of appeals.
Acting Executive Director Office of Civil and Environmental Law Office of the Kentucky Attorney General (Jan. 2008-Aug. 2010)
Managed a team of 45 attorneys and support staff divided into six branches, including Litigation, Environmental, Boards and Agencies, Administrative Hearings, Uninsured Employers Fund and Opinions. The division was responsible for representing the Attorney General in all cases in which he was a party, representing the Commonwealth in trial and appellate courts, providing general counsel services to state boards and agencies and representing those boards and agencies in civil litigation. The division was also responsible for defending state statutes challenged on constitutional grounds, ruling on open records and open meetings appeals, issuing opinions of the Attorney General and representing the Commonwealth in litigation tied to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
EDUCATION Salmon P. Chase College of Law Northern Kentucky University Juris Doctorate (cum laude) 2000 Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1997
BAR ADMISSIONS U.S. Supreme Court (2005) U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2005) U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2009) U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2009) U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (2000) U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (2006) U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky (2000) U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2009) U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma (2009) U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (2010) U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2019) Commonwealth of Kentucky Trial and Appellate Courts (2000) State of New York Trial and Appellate Courts (2008) State of Illinois Trial and Appellate Courts (2018) Admitted to numerous courts pro hac vice.
MULTI-DISTRICT, MASS-TORT and ATTORNEY GENERAL LITIGATION LEADERSHIP POSITIONS In Re: Just For Men® Mass Tort Litigation; United States Southern District of Illinois Hon. Judge David R. Herndon 3:16-cv-00638-DRH
In Re: Fluoroquinolone Products Liability Litigation; United States District Court, District of Minnesota Hon. Judge John R. Tunheim 0:15-md-02642
Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Johnson and Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals et al. (Risperdal Litigation); Jefferson Circuit Court, Commonwealth of Kentucky Hon. Judge Mitch Perry 13-CI-002488
Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. et al. (GranuFlo Litigation) Franklin Circuit Court, Commonwealth of Kentucky Hon. Judge Wingate 16-CI-00946
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS American Association for Justice (AAJ) formerly ATLA (2000-Current) Parliamentarian (2017-2018); Treasurer (2018-2019); Secretary (2019-2020) Vice President (2020-Current) AAJ Board of Governors (2013–Current) Budget Committee (2013–2015, 2018-2019) Executive Committee (2015-Current) National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees (2012-2016, 2020-2021); Executive Committee (2013-2016); AAJ PAC Task Force (2016-2019) AAJ Press Advisory Board (2012-2015) Convention Planning Committee (2006-07, 2017-Current) Evergreen Advisory Board (2016-2017) Leaders Forum (2014-Current) Affinities and Sponsorship Committee (2015-2017) Website and IT Advisory Committee (2012-2017) Marketing and Practice Development Committee (2012-2019) Law Schools Committee (2007, 2013-Current) Legal Affairs Committee (2016-Current) Membership Oversight Committee (2012-Current) Minority Caucus Board of Governors Representative (2013) Education Committee (2016-2019) Scholarship Committee (2016-2019) Solo and Small Firm Section (2010-Current; Education Coordinator 2011-2012; Secretary 2012-2013; Vice-Chair 2013-2014; Chair Elect 2014- 2015; Chair 2015-2016) Nursing Home Litigation Group (2014-Current; Secretary 2015-2016, Treasurer 2016 to 2017) Section Leaders Council (2014-2018); Vice-Chair 2014-2018) AAJ Political Action Committee “M” Club (2006-2007, 2010-Current) National Finance Council (2011-2014, 2016-Current) Leadership Academy (2013) Retirement Plans Oversight Committee (2011-2012) New Lawyers Division Board of Governors (2005-07); Publications Committee (2005-2007), Chairperson (2006-07); Board of Governors Committee Chairperson (2006-2007); Special Projects Committee Chairperson (2010-2011) President’s Club (2005-2007)
Kentucky Justice Association (2000-Current) Board of Governors (2011-Current) District Vice-President (2013-2015) KJA Delegate to AAJ Board of Governors (2014 – 2017) Minority Caucus Delegate to AAJ (2012 – 2014) CLE Committee (2011-Current; Co-Chair, 2012 – 2016) Convention Committee (2012-Current) Proactive Legislation Committee (2007, 2011 – Current)
Louisville Bar Association (2000-Current) Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee (Vice-chair 2006)
Southern Trial Lawyers Association (2007-Current) Board of Governors (2015-Current) Parliamentarian (2016-2017, Secretary 2017-2018, Treasurer 2018-2019), Vice-President (2019-2010), President Elect (2020-Current)
American Bar Association (2000-Current)
Kentucky Bar Association (2000-Current)
New York State Trial Lawyers Association (2017-Current)
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (2018-Current)
Chicago Bar Association (2018-Current)
Illinois Bar Association (2018-Current)
National Crime Victims Bar Association (2014-Current)
Federal Bar Association (2016-2019)
PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS Good Counsel: First Steps Back; American Justice Association, Trial, Vol. 56 No. 11, November 2020.
Decoding Cyber Security; American Justice Association, Trial, Vol. 53 No. 3, March 2017.