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Thomas is chair of the firm's labor and employment law department and a member of the firm’s management committee. He exclusively represents private and public sector management in labor relations, employment law and immigration matters.

For more than 25 years, Thomas' national practice has included defense of employment discrimination claims before the EEOC, State Human Rights agencies and in state and federal courts, and the representation of employers in collective bargaining negotiations, strikes and picketing disputes, labor arbitrations, NLRB unfair labor practice and election proceedings, 10(j) injunction actions, labor audits, workplace investigations and employee/independent contractor disputes. He counsels public sector clients on Civil Service Law matters, and represents municipalities and school districts in labor matters, including improper practice proceedings, mediation, fact finding and interest arbitration under New York's Taylor Law.

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  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Education Law; Employment Law - Management; Immigration Law; Labor Law - Management, 2003-2022 (listed for more than 15 years)
      • Lawyer of the Year - Syracuse, Education Law, 2022
      • Lawyer of the Year - Syracuse, Employment Law - Management, 2020
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Employment and Labor, 2021 (listed for more than 10 years)
    • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Rated
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section; Labor Committee on Pension, Welfare, and Related Plans
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Order of the Coif

  • Preventing Workplace Bullying and Violence, March 2013
  • Your Employee Said WHAT on Facebook? - Next Steps for Managing Employee Social Media Use, May 2012
  • Untangling the Complex Web of Employee Misclassification Issues, October 2011
  • Addressing Retiree Health and Other Legal Obligations Under GASB 45, NYS Association of Counties, 2007
  • E-Verify and Other Concerns for Campus Employment Attorneys: Immigration in the Land of ICE, NACUA, June 2009
  • What Every Employer Should Know About Immigration Law, 2007
  • Immigration 101: The Basics of Immigration Law, NDNY Federal Bar Association, 2006

  • "The Employment Impacts of Marijuana Legalization in New York," Inside: A Publication of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association, 2021 | Vol. 39 | No. 2
  • Co-Author, 2019 Chambers USA Regional Employment Guide, New York Chapter
  • “Pension Fund Rescue Plans Pose Employer Predicaments,” Law360, September 7, 2016
  • Quoted in "Union pension fund plans 30 percent cut to retiree benefits," Albany Business Review, August 19, 2016
  • "Employment Law in New York," Syracuse Law Review, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Contributing Author, Corporate Counseling

  • Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University
  • Board Member, ProLiteracy
  • President, Huntington Family Centers, Inc., 1998-2002