About Tad Thomas, Esquire
After graduating with honors from law school at Northern Kentucky University, Tad Thomas opened his own practice in Louisville. He quickly gravitated to the area of personal injury and civil litigation, an area where he could assist clients in their time of need. Seven years later Mr. Thomas was given the honor of being invited to assist Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and leading the Civil and Environmental Division of the Attorney General’s Office. Only a few months later he was promoted to one of two Assistant Deputy Attorneys General and was given the responsibility of overseeing four divisions and all of the office’s civil litigation. These four divisions consisted of over 100 personnel including lawyers, staff and sworn law enforcement officers.
During his tenure in the office of the Attorney General, Mr. Thomas litigated cases against the country’s largest pharmaceutical, insurance and petroleum companies and recovered millions of dollars for the Commonwealth. In his first year, he assisted his Office of Rate Intervention in negotiating a rate case with EON’s US Division. His efforts resulted in millions of dollars in savings for Kentucky consumers. He also defended Kentucky’s judges against civil suits, defended the state’s statutes against constitutional challenges and helped lead the fight in an attempt to stop the state’s early release of prisoners. Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Thomas participated in drafting legislation to involve the Attorney General’s office in securities litigation on behalf of the state’s retirement systems, drafted formal opinions of the Attorney General on important public issues and advised the Attorney General on a wide range of policy matters.
Mr. Thomas has now returned to private practice where he will continue to devote his time to civil litigation and the representation of individuals and companies injured at the hands of others. His office, located two blocks from the Louisville courthouses, enables him easy access to the judicial system to work on behalf of his clients.
The Thomas Firm, PLLC
239 South Fifth St. Ste 1800
Louisville, KY 40202
Toll Free: (877) 955-7001
Fax: (877) 955-7002
The Thomas Firm, PLLC (September 2012 – Current)
Attorney in Private Practice (October 2000 – January 2008, and January 2011 to November 2012)
Practice limited to civil litigation on behalf of both individuals and businesses as Plaintiffs in a wide variety of matters including, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, medical malpractice, accounting and auditing malpractice, products liability, mass tort litigation, class actions and other serious personal injury matters.
Assistant Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Kentucky Attorney General (April 2008 - December 2010)
Serve as one of the Attorney General’s three most senior advisors on all matters related to the functions of the office, litigation and policy. Responsible for overseeing the operations of four divisions including the Office of Civil and Environmental Law, Office of Consumer Protection, Office of Rate Intervention and Office of Medicaid Fraud. These divisions, which consisted of more than 100 attorneys, staff and investigators, handle all civil matters and many criminal prosecutions. In addition, handle major litigation on behalf of the Attorney General appearing in trial courts across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court and a number of federal trial court and courts of appeals.
Acting Executive Director
Office of Civil and Environmental Law
Office of the Kentucky Attorney General (January 2008 - August 2010)
Managed a team of 45 attorneys and support staff divided into five branches, including Litigation, Environmental, Boards and Agencies, Administrative Hearings and Opinions. The division was responsible for representing the Attorney General in all cases in which he was a party, representing the Commonwealth in trial and appellate courts, providing general counsel services to state boards and agencies and representing those boards and agencies in civil litigation. The division was also responsible for defending state statutes challenged on constitutional grounds, ruling on open records and open meetings appeals, issuing opinions of the Attorney General and representing the Commonwealth in litigation tied to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Northern Kentucky University
Juris Doctorate (cum laude) 2000
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1997
- U.S. Supreme Court (2005)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2005)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2009)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2009)
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (2000)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (2006)
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky (2000)
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2009)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma (2009)
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (2010)
- Commonwealth of Kentucky Trial and Appellate Courts (2000)
- State of New York Trial and Appellate Courts (2008)
American Association for Justice (AAJ) formerly ATLA (2000 - Current)
- Solo and Small Firm Section (2010 - Current; Education Coordinator 2011 - Current)
- National Finance Council (2011 - Current)
- Retirement Plans Oversight Committee (2011 - Current)
- New Lawyers Division Board of Governors (2005 - 2007); Publications
- Committee (2005-2007), Chairperson (2006 - 2007); Board of Governors
- Committee Chairperson (2006 - 2007); Special Projects Committee
- Chairperson (2010 - 2011)
- President's Club (2005 - 2007)
- Convention Planning Committee (2006 - 2007)
- Law School Committee (2007)
- AAJ Political Action Committee "M" Club (2006 - 2007, 2010 - Current)
Louisville Bar Association (2000 - Current)
- Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee (Vice-chair 2006)
Kentucky Justice Association (2000 - Current)
- Proactive Legislation Committee (2007)
Southern Trial Lawyers Association (2007 - Current)
American Bar Association (2000 - Current)
Kentucky Bar Association (2000 - Current)
Publications and Papers
"Top 10 iPad Apps for Lawyers"; - Louisville Bar Association, Bar Briefs, December 2012.
"The Ethics of Cloud Computing"; - American Association for Justice, Solo Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 18 No. 1, Winter 2012.
"Mobile Technology"; Kentucky Justice Association, The Advocate, May/June 2012.
"Going Mobile"; American Association for Justice, Trial, January 2012.
"Another Thing They Didn't Teach You in Law School" - Client Development; Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, Nov. 2007.
"Essential Actions: Preserving the Evidence", Truck Accident Litigation (2nd ed.) American Bar Association, (2006).
"Returning the Scales to Balance: Execution Impact Evidence In Kentucky", Northern Kentucky Law Review, Vol. 27(2) 2000, pg. 411-429.
"The Ethics of Social Media and Cloud Computing"; American Association for Justice “Weekend with the Stars,” New York, NY, December 7, 2012.
"iPad Pre-Trial and Ethics in Social Media: Identifying the Pitfalls of the Communication Revolution"; Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Indianapolis, IN, October 18, 2012.
"iPad at Trial"; Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Indianapolis, IN, October 18, 2012.
"iPad for Litigators"; Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY, September 21, 2012.
"Cloud Computing: Is the Sky Really the Limit?"; American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, July 31, 2012.
"Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution"; American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, July 29, 2012.
"Paperless Office: iPads and Apps for Lawyers"; American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, July 29, 2012.
"Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution"; Oklahoma Association for Justice, Incline Village, NV, June 22, 2012.
"Paperless Office: iPads and Apps for Lawyers"; Oklahoma Association for Justice, Incline Village, NV, June 22, 2012.
"Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution"; Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville, KY, June 19, 2012.
"iPads at Trial"; El Paso Trial Lawyers Association, El Paso, TX, June 14, 2012.
"iPads at Trial"; Permian Basin Trial Lawyers Association, Odessa, TX, June 13, 2012.
"iPads at Trial"; Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville, KY, May 8, 2012.
"Not Just a Toy: iPads and Other Tech for Lawyers"; Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention, Columbus, OH; May 4, 2012.
"iPads and Apps for Lawyers: Depositions and Client Meetings"; Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville, KY, March 20, 2012.
"Paperless Office: iPads and Apps for Lawyers"; PILMMA Spring Marketing and Management Summit, New Orleans, LA, March 16-17, 2012.
"Avoiding Ethical Traps Webinar: Opposing Counsel and the Role of Social Media"; American Association for Justice, Webinar, December 19, 2011.
"Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution"; Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY, October 28, 2011.
"Paperless Offices, iPads and Apps for Lawyers"; Louisiana Association for Justice Personal Injury Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 16, 2011.
"American Association for Justice Annual Convention: Litigation Track: Apps for Lawyers"; American Association for Justice Annual Convention, New York, NY, July, 2011.
"Using Technology in Your Practice, Paperless office – A Practical Guide to the Digital Law Firm"; Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville, KY, June 12, 2011.
"American Association for Justice Jazz Fest Auto Litigation Seminar: Using Technology in Your Cases/Practice: Practical Technology for the Solo Practitioner"; New Orleans, LA, April 28, 2011.
"Basic Training for County Attorneys: Prosecutorial Ethics, Immunity and Open Records/Open Meetings"; Kentucky Prosecutor’s Advisory Council, December 1, 2010.
"E-Discovery for State Government Attorneys"; Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, July 25, 2008
"Money Traps for Lawyers"; Kentucky Bar Association, October 9, 2007
"Leveling the Playing Field: The Use of Technology in the Courtroom and the Office"; Louisville Bar Association, June 15, 2007
"American Association for Justice: Litigating Trucking Cases - From Discovery to Trial: Using Black Box Data to Prove Your Theory of the Case"; Caesars Las Vegas, October 20-21, 2006
"American Association for Justice: Fundamentals of Trucking Litigation - Preservation of Evidence in Trucking Cases"; St. Louis, MO., September 19, 2006
"Starting Your Solo or Small Firm Practice", Salmon P. Chase College of Law, April 12, 2006
"Negotiation: The New Art of War", Louisville Bar Association, Feb. 24, 2005
Other Interests and Volunteer Activities
Louisville Free Public Library Advisory Commission
(2007 - Current); Executive Committee (2008 - Current); Chair (November 2008 - Current)
Library Foundation - Louisville Free Public Library
(2006 - Current; Investments and Finance Committee January 2009 - Current)
Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board
(Chair, 2010 - Current)
Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library
Executive Board (2004 - 2008); President (2006 - 2008);
Vice President (2005 - 2006)
Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy
Inaugural Class (2006)
Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Campaign Cabinet (2002 - 2004)
Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy (2000 - 2001)