- J.D., Catholic University of America School of Law, Notes and Comments Editor, Catholic University Law Review
- B.A., Marquette University, with Honors
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- Nebraska Bar Association
- Omaha Bar Association
- ABA Health Law Section
- ABA Subcommittee on White-Collar Crime
- American Health Lawyers Association (Past Vice Chair, Healthcare Liability and Litigation Practice Group)
- Executive Committee, Health Law Section, Nebraska Bar Association
- Board of Directors, St. Francis Mission (on the Rosebud Reservation)
- Board of Directors, Catholic Charities
- Parish Council, St. Margaret Mary's Parish
Thomas represents corporate and individual clients in complex litigation and bid protests against private and governmental adversaries, with an emphasis on representing health care providers, government contractors, insurance companies, managed care companies, financial institutions, information technology companies, corporate executives and licensed professionals. Thomas also regularly represents clients in False Claims Act litigation and internal and governmental investigations, and counsels clients on risk management strategies and regulatory compliance.
Thomas leads an active state and local procurement and bid protest practice, concentrating on federally funded state and local contract procurements in numerous areas, including healthcare, technology, transportation, and related disciplines. Because these state procurements receive federal funding, the team has successfully employed federal contracting principles under the FAR, in particular the OCI Rules, to overturn state contracting decisions. In the past three years alone, his team has represented clients in numerous multimillion dollar procurements and bid protests in Nebraska, Iowa, Washington, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Nevada and Michigan, advocating for both local and national clients. Procurement practice attorneys work closely with the firm’s Government Relations Group, and various subject matter experts, to achieve successful outcomes for clients.
In recent years, Thomas has successfully defended multiple whistleblower actions brought under the federal False Claims Act, including the ultimate dismissal with prejudice of three separate FCA actions in the health care and financial services industries. He also has successfully represented clients in various types of government disputes in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative tribunals and professional licensure boards.
Thomas is a frequent lecturer and author on issues relating to health care, litigation, False Claims Act defense, internal investigations, government procurement reform and regulatory issues. Most recently, Thomas has been deeply involved in advocating procurement reform in Nebraska and other locations. He has been a member of numerous professional organizations and has served on boards of various nonprofit organizations.
- Kansas City Corporate Roundtable, 2015
- “False Claims Act Update,” Nebraska Hospital Association Webinar, 2015
- “Caveat Vendor: The Case for Repairing Nebraska’s Contract Procurement Process,” The Nebraska Lawyer, July/August 2017
- Represents corporations and individuals in government and internal investigations and in parallel proceedings and investigations brought by various state and federal government agencies in civil, criminal and administrative disputes (including whistleblower actions under the federal False Claims Act, the IRS whistleblower provisions, and other federal and state whistleblower statutes).
- Represents corporate clients in state and local procurement matters and bid protests, administrative and judicial litigation and appeals, having litigated numerous protest matters before numerous agencies and courts, in Nebraska, Iowa, Washington, Missouri, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Nevada.
- Represents dentists and dental franchisees in franchise, litigation, and regulatory disputes, including in Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, and Washington.
- Represents clients in state and federal administrative litigation including licensure matters, Administrative Procedure Act appeals, state fair hearing proceedings, FOIA disputes, contract disputes, health care provider appeals, reimbursement matters, and constitutional and other challenges to state and federal statutes and regulations.
- Represents individual professionals, including physicians, dentists, pharmacists, therapy providers and other health professionals as well as attorneys, accountants, bank officers and other executives, in regulatory investigations and litigation.
- Represents corporate and individual health care clients—including hospitals, pharmacy providers, physician practices, dental groups (including franchises), long term care facilities, home health and hospice providers, ASCs, psychiatric groups, geriatric medicine providers—in civil, criminal and administrative disputes and related investigations.
- Represents corporate clients in complex commercial litigation and class actions involving business disputes, securities claims, health care related claims, franchise litigation, contract disputes, employment related claims and causes of action under various statutory and common law theories.
- Represents managed care companies, providers and beneficiaries in managed care disputes, and disputes with providers and beneficiaries.
- Best Lawyers®, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2017-2020
- BTI Consulting Group “Client Service All-Star," 2010