Thomas is based in Reminger’s Columbus office. His practice focuses on governmental/public entity liability, employment litigation, professional liability as well as a broad range of pre-suit investigative work and general litigation matters.
Prior to joining Reminger, Thomas served for three years in the United States Navy as a military police officer and for seven years in uniformed civilian law enforcement. Over his decade in police work, Thomas obtained several certifications and served in a variety of roles ranging from use of force training to hostage negotiations. Thomas also served for six years as a police union steward for the nation’s largest federal employment union representing fellow officers in pursuing grievances and against adverse employment actions.
These practical experiences give Thomas a unique insight into public entity liability and employment defense.
While working in law enforcement, Thomas attended Capital University Law School’s evening program where he earned his Juris Doctor while becoming the first evening student elected as President of the Student Bar Association. Thomas graduated cum laude and was awarded the Dean’s Award in recognition of his leadership and academic achievements.
Summary judgment in favor of police department defending its field training program against claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, disparate treatment, and retaliation.
Summary judgment in favor of municipal prosecutor and court clerk against federal privacy law claims.
Defense verdict for construction company on re-trial after successfully arguing for a new trial due to magistrate’s legal error in initially finding for Plaintiff during the first trial.
Honors & Recognitions
Awarded Capital University Law School’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership and Academic Achievement, 2018
Admitted to the Order of the Barristers, 2018
Defense Logistic Agency’s Police Officer of the Year, 2014
Awarded Police Commendation Medal, 2014
Community & Professional
Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association
American Bar Association
- Jan 20, 2021, Motion for Summary Judgment Upheld on Appeal6th Circuit Court of Appeals
First of its kind defense of Prosecutor and Clerk of Courts for publicly making a Plaintiff’s personal driver’s license and date of birth information available.
- Sep 29, 2020, Summary Judgment Granted
Defense of a police excessive force case.
- Aug 26, 2020, Summary Judgment Granted5th Dist. Ct. Appeals
Summary judgment on gender discrimination and retaliation claims upheld involving a female police officer who was terminated at the end of her training phase
- Jul 23, 2020, Successful defense of bond forfeitureKnox County
- Mar 6, 2020, Motion for Judgment on the PleadingsUnited States District Court Northern District of Ohio (Eastern Division)
Defense of police chief and captain against Fourteenth Amendment claim that the police department failed to adequately investigate the circumstances of the death of Plaintiff’s family member.
- Nov 18, 2019, Finding For PlaintiffFranklin
Prosecution of commercial business dispute claim
- Nov 15, 2019, Defense VerdictFranklin
Defense of nonprofit claim for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
- Oct 23, 2019, Judgment granted on Plaintiff’s punitive damages claim limiting overall damage exposure in an admitted liability caseFairfield
Defense of damages in an admitted liability auto accident.
- Aug 27, 2019, Motion For Summary JudgmentLicking
Defense of gender discrimination case.
- May 10, 2019, ReversedBedford Municipal Court
Successfully overturned Magistrate’s bench trial verdict awarding Plaintiff full damages, fees, and interest during oral arguments on objections and motion for a new trial. Immediately after, successfully argued for a directed Defense verdict based on the first trial’s transcript in lieu of a second trial.
- Press Release, Oct 19, 2020
- Press Release, Nov 29, 2018
- Human Resource Law From Start to FinishWebinar, Oct 15, 2020
- Webinar, Jul 14, 2020
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Imposes Paid Leave Obligations on a Broad Range of Public EntitiesPublic Entity/Government Liability Practice Group E-Blast, Apr 15, 2020
- Untangling Paid Leave Obligations for Small Businesses Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Department of Labor GuidanceEmployment Law Recap, Apr 10, 2020
- Ohio Township News, a Publication of the Ohio Township Association, Spring 2020
- Ohio Matters: An Official Publication of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Jan 2019
- Jan 20, 2021
- Immune, Not Forgotten: Ohio’s First District Holds Immune Employer Can Be Used as an “Empty Chair” When Considering Apportionment of FaultAug 13, 2019
- When Does an Age Discrimination Claim Begin to Age? Eighth District Clarifies Statute of Limitations Analysis for Ohio Age Discrimination ClaimsFeb 18, 2019
J.D., Capital University Law School, cum laude, 2018
B.A., Criminal Justice, Ohio University, 2014
- State of Ohio, 2018
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2018
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit 2019