Jennifer R. Thomas
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 California and Illinois and joined the firm as Of Counsel in 2007. Jennifer became a Partner at Van De Poel, Levy, Thomas, Arneal LLP in 2012 and 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, as well as high value construction defect claims and business litigation, Jennifer’s legal experience brings a wealth of litigation and trial support to the firm’s clients.
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 has extensive trial experience through both her work as a public defender in Illinois and her civil practice in California. She has obtained multiple defense verdicts in multi-million dollar cases and most recently defended a national retail client in a highly contentious product liability case. After 9 weeks of trial, the jury rejected plaintiff’s $7.7 million claim.
Jennifer 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.