Thomas will be honored with the Onondaga County Bar Association's 2018 "Distinguished Lawyer Award." He is a retired New York attorney "Emeritus" and serves as pro bono coordinator in the firm's Syracuse office.
Since 2012, Thomas has been designated an "Empire State Counsel" by the New York State Bar Association for his pro bono services, including representation of indigent tenants in Syracuse City Court and Village of East Syracuse Justice Court. He frequently lectures on New York Civil Practice for the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and other bench and bar groups.
Over the years, Thomas acquired special experience in the areas of business dissolutions, insurance errors and omissions, medical malpractice, mental health, professional discipline, professional licensing and contractual and casualty litigation in the New York State courts. He successfully prosecuted and defended commercial and personal injury claims for both individual and institutional clients from the health care, higher education and insurance industries in New York courts.