Thomas prides himself on being a clear, direct and powerful advocate for the firm’s clients in any forum, including in court, in arbitration, and before government agencies.

Thomas regularly advises partnerships, investment funds, established corporations, startup companies, and prominent individuals with respect to their most complicated legal issues and most significant disputes. His litigation and arbitration experience is extensive and varied, and includes high-stakes disputes involving contracts, license agreements, partnership agreements and securities filings. Thomas also has significant experience advising clients in investigations by federal, state and city governmental agencies, and, where necessary, engaging in direct and forthright advocacy for his clients before governmental agencies.

Thomas has substantial experience in the area of interim relief. He has successfully obtained, and defended against, applications for temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and stays, in state and federal court and at the trial and appellate level.

In addition to litigating matters, Thomas regularly provides strategic advice to clients and advises clients in transactions and settlement negotiations. Thomas has advised multiple clients in connection with pre-litigation settlements worth over $1 billion and several clients in connection with transactions and settlements worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Thomas has a technical background and is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Engineering. He excels at mastering the finances, data, and, where necessary, science of the issues facing his clients, and presenting complex issues to tribunals in simple terms.

Thomas’ recent experience includes:

  • Representing the Baltimore Orioles and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) in connection with litigation in New York and in arbitration proceedings 
  • Representing DraftKings in putative class actions, and litigation brought by the NYAG
  • Representing the New York Yankees in connection with litigation and appellate proceedings
  • Successfully represented the New York City Mayor’s chief fundraiser in year-long criminal public corruption investigations by federal and state prosecutors
  • Representing a New York City startup in proceedings before a New York regulatory agency that paved the way for the startup to successfully operate in New York
  • Multiple representations of partners and carried interest holders in negotiations of exits from, and restructuring of, joint ventures, partnerships, and limited liability companies
  • Representing the general partner of a partnership in connection with the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of real estate owned by the partnership
  • Representing a film producer in connection with litigation over release of a feature film
  • Representing investment funds in dispute over rights to claim against Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE)
  • Representing HSBC in investigations relating to issuance of subprime RMBS, obtaining favorable settlements of investigations by DOJ and state attorneys general

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Pomeroy Scholar; Butler Scholar; Benjamin F. Butler Memorial Award; Administrative Law Prize; Executive Editor, Law Review 
  • Cornell University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Bars

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit

  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit