George Washington University Law School, LL.M.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
John Carroll University, A.B. (Magna Cum Laude)
Thomas focused his practice in his formative years on business litigation in a large law firm setting in Chicago. His practice evolved to concentrate on business counseling and intellectual property matters, including helping clients resolve management and business trade issues cordially, but without fear of resorting to litigation or alternative dispute resolution when necessary. His broad experience representing banks, publishing companies, transportation companies, large and small manufacturers, insurance companies, state and federal governmental agencies and private entrepreneurs, as well as hospitals and other not-for-profit charitable organizations, provides him an holistic edge in crafting practical solutions for business, intellectual property or personal matters efficiently and effectively.
Examples of services performed: Thomas has represented the FDIC in multiple suits arising from several Illinois failed banks; served as regional trademark enforcement attorney for a major auto manufacturer; represented a Chicago newspaper publisher in multiple first amendment and trade regulation matters; served as general counsel to a Chicago inner city hospital; successfully defended a Pekin Illinois hospital in class action litigation over "reasonable charges"; successfully defended a major Chicago bank against class action fraud charges as well as separate customer account manipulations and embezzlement suits; counseled a Florida based international conglomerate on copyright and trademark issues; both prosecuted and defended restrictive covenants and trade secret claims for public companies as well as private individuals; counseled mid-sized Illinois manufacturing companies on their employment matters, distributor relations, and intellectual property protections; defended a French turbine manufacturer in dam construction litigation; served as Special Assistant Attorney General to defend an Illinois state chartered university in its convocation center construction litigation claims; prosecuted and defended multiple lawsuits involving the Carmack Amendment, consumer fraud and also executive fiduciary duties for an international transportation company; assisted a private not for profit Chicago high school in structuring its philanthropic missions; served in a pro bono capacity on the board and as counsel for a 501(c)(3) global medical mission organization.
In the fall of 2005 Thomas completed intensive training in mediation from the faculty of Pepperdine University School of Law's top-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Admitted to Practice
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
State of Illinois
Honors & Awards
Holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
Named many times by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Commercial Litigation
Named many times to the Super Lawyer list in the area of ADR Law and Commercial Litigation