Mr. Thomas is an experienced trial lawyer. He has also been successful in briefing and arguing key motions in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Thomas’ effective advocacy skills have led to significant victories through summary judgment, appellate motions and various post-trial matters in high exposure cases. While Mr. Thomas is often viewed as a relentless advocate for his clients, he is also respected for his negotiation skills and pragmatic approach to alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Thomas has effectively negotiated many favorable settlements for his clients through mediation, mandatory settlement conferences, and in some cases, voluntary settlement.
Mr. Thomas' practice currently focuses on litigation, with extensive experience in product liability, construction defect, premises liability and general negligence. In recent years, Mr. Thomas’ practice has expanded to entertainment litigation, insurance coverage, general negligence and other complex litigation matters.
Mr. Thomas is a member in good standing of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the National Bar Association, BESLA, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California.
Mr. Thomas has been a featured speaker for the National Business Institute, where he presented a series of lectures on jury selection, alternative dispute resolution, client satisfaction and reporting skills, taking and defending critical depositions, and preparing experts for trial. Mr. Thomas continues to participate in roundtables discussions and guest lectures addressing many legal topics, ranging from defending company depositions to diversity in the legal profession.
Mr. Thomas graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1996, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and African American Studies. Mr. Thomas went on to earn his law degree in 1999 from the University of Michigan Law School. While in law school, Mr. Thomas served as an editor for the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. He was also a runner up in the 1998 Campbell Moot Court Competition. He authored an award-winning essay entitled Koester v. City of Novi: Litigation Implications for Pregnancy Discrimination Claims Under the Michigan Handicapper's Civil Rights Act., which was published in the Winter 1999 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal.
A proud native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Thomas currently resides in Los Angeles, where he remains active in his community. He serves as a coach and judge for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and often meets with inner city teens to discuss the importance of education.
Mr. Thomas joined Yukevich | Cavanaugh in March 2001, and joined the partnership in June 2007.
Roe v. Los Angeles Unified School District et al.
Action for emotional distress damages arising out of school district’s use of 12-year old student in drug sting operation. Plaintiff verdict.
Represented plaintiffs: 12-year-old boy and his parents. Obtained verdict of $1,015,250, $1M in emotional distress damages. Total verdict in excess of 400x special damages
Los Angeles County, California – 2011
Eubanks v. KBC America Inc.
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Daily Journal; Verdicts & Settlements – 2010
Jones v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Single-vehicle rollover accident, alleged design defects in roof structure, plaintiff sustained spinal injury resulting in quadriplegia. Defense verdict.
Los Angeles, California – 2009