Jennifer R. Thomas

Education

B.A., University of Oregon in Journalism, 1993
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT, 1997

Jennifer Thomas is licensed to practice in both state and federal court in California and Illinois and joined the firm as Of Counsel in 2007 and has been a partner since 2012.  Jennifer is one of the firm’s top litigators and trial counsel. She obtained her B.A. degree from the University of Oregon in Journalism and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT.

Specializing in complex product and premises liability cases, employment law defense and transportation litigation, Jennifer’s legal experience brings a wealth of litigation and trial support to the firm’s clients.

In her employment practice, Jennifer primarily represents both regional and national companies counseling and defending tort claims as well as retaliation, wrongful termination, and discrimination. She has handled multi-million dollar wrongful death cases, transportation cases and products and premises liability cases in both state and federal court, representing local, national, and international corporations and organizations. She represents private industry, insurance companies, and self-insured companies of all sizes while litigating and resolving high-profile cases.

Jennifer promotes early resolution, when possible, through litigation tactics and early settlement discussions.  She is also very successful in obtaining winning results for her clients through motions and pre-trial strategy, having many cases dismissed on summary judgment motions. She has also obtained defense judgments following court trials on technical legal issues. 

In addition to providing advice and counsel to clients, businesses, and risk managers, Jennifer has presented seminars in the United States and Internationally to organizations and businesses on trial strategy and risk reduction techniques and has authored articles on liability topics and other legal updates. She is a member of the State Bar of California, The Illinois State Bar, Contra Costa County Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, Themis Advocates Group, TIDA, Phi Alpha Delta, Sigma Kappa Sorority and Order of Omega.