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
Knock on every door. Ten years as a police officer taught me that success on any case begins with hard work and an in-depth investigation. I bring this same detail-oriented approach to my clients’ cases.
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.
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
Professional Memberships & Community Affiliations
Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association
American Bar Association
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.
- Olsson Blinds LLC v. P. BoldenNovember 18, 2019, Finding For PlaintiffFranklin
Prosecution of commercial business dispute claim
- Mullins v. YMCANovember 15, 2019, Defense VerdictFranklin
Defense of nonprofit claim for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
- October 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.
- August 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, November 29, 2018
- Ohio Matters: An Official Publication of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, January 2019
- Immune, Not Forgotten: Ohio’s First District Holds Immune Employer Can Be Used as an “Empty Chair” When Considering Apportionment of FaultBy Patrick Kasson and Thomas SpykerAugust 13, 2019
- When Does an Age Discrimination Claim Begin to Age? Eighth District Clarifies Statute of Limitations Analysis for Ohio Age Discrimination ClaimsBy Jonathan H. Krol and Thomas N. SpykerFebruary 18, 2019