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Overview

Thomas represents clients in toxic tort and product liability matters, helping develop long-term strategies.

Thomas grew up wanting to be an attorney like his childhood hero, Abraham Lincoln. He realized as an adult that his grade school dream truly was a perfect fit: he was fascinated by legal arguments, loved the trial preparation process and thrived on the intellectual challenge of practicing law. Thomas gained a wide variety of commercial and civil litigation experience early in his career and is extensively familiar with the courtroom. He’s passionate about building new arguments and finding new applications of the law.

Today, Thomas focuses his practice on toxic tort and product liability matters and is particularly experienced at asbestos litigation, which arises frequently in the West Virginia and western Pennsylvania venues where he often works. He values practicing in a broad area of law where each case and its trial preparation differ subtly.

Known for his focus on the big picture, Thomas understands that mass tort litigation is nearly always far more extensive for clients than a single case. He is aware that any strategy he pursues, any outcome he achieves, any settlement he negotiates can set precedent for the client nationwide, and he takes care to ensure that his efforts are in line with broader needs and goals. Thomas aims to help clients develop sustainable long-term toxic tort strategies, and clients comment that he leaves them feeling confident they’re prepared for future litigation.


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Education

  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Duquesne Law Review, Associate Editor
    • Juris Magazine, Executive Editor
  • B.S., Saint Vincent College

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Not admitted to practice in District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association


*Thomas works remotely and is licensed in Pennsylvania, practicing in Monroeville, PA. Contact Thomas via email or phone for in-person/virtual meetings. Use the Washington, DC office address for mail/deliveries (not licensed in District of Columbia).
Experience
  • Represent clients in mass toxic tort litigation, including attending depositions and hearings, preparing pleadings and discovery, and drafting trial preparation and settlement documents.
  • Represented individuals and businesses through insurance defense coverage for personal injury, breach of contract and other related matters.
  • Represented employers in workers' compensation matters.
  • Represented clients in estate and business planning.
Outside the Office

As a native of western Pennsylvania, Thomas enjoys shooting sports and can often be found practicing his target shooting. In high school, he participated in the rifle team and helped win a state championship, and he’s remained active in the sport ever since.

Thomas is also an avid video gamer who loves computers and even taught himself how to build a computer during the pandemic. His online gaming interests help him keep in touch with friends across the country as they play together remotely.

Occasionally, Thomas also appears in movies: filming is a frequent occurrence in the Pittsburgh area, and he has attended shoots as an extra several times. He and his wife appear together in The Dark Knight Rising in a scene shot at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.

Community Leadership

Thomas volunteers with his local chapter of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization committed to serving the community. The group has been particularly active helping individuals struggling during the pandemic.

In addition, Thomas is active with local bar associations and enjoys participating in their philanthropic initiatives. In 2020, a community outreach and CLE program he organized at the Carnegie Science Center for the Allegheny County Bar Association was recognized by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for outstanding service to the public.

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