Mr. Thomas is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law. Mr. Thomas assists clients in local government, public pension, labor and employment law matters.
Areas of Practice
Advises public employers and pension boards on federal and state laws pertaining to governmental pension plans.
Works closely with local governments and actuaries in developing and restructuring retirement benefit programs and preparing pension and other post employment benefit plan documents and amendments.
Represents cities and special districts in general local government matters such as Sunshine Law, ethics and public records issues.
Represents public employers in labor and employment matters, including the drafting and review of employment and independent contractor agreements, assistance with wage and hour and unemployment claims, and consultation on collective bargaining.
Assists local government clients with developing and updating employment and workplace policies and procedures.
Represents clients in disciplinary and licensing matters before state regulatory agencies, including the Boards of Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry, as well as the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Represents professional associations in state agency rulemaking and policy matters.
Publications and Presentations
Firefighter Cancer Benefits: A Case for Prospective Application, The Florida Bar Journal, July 2020
Moving Toward Reopening Government, LLW Lunch & Learn, June 2020
COVID-19 and Its Impact on Special Districts, LLW Virtual Lunch & Learn, April 2020
175/185/FRS Pension Update, Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Training Conference, February 2020
Legislative Update, Florida Association of Special Districts Annual Conference, June 2019
Collective Bargaining Strategies for F.S. Chapters 175 and 185 Pensions, Florida City and County Management Association Webinar, March 2017
Florida Statutes Governing Police and Firefighter Pension Plans: A Historical Perspective, Florida City, County and Local Government Law Section, The Agenda Newsletter, July 2016
Pension Changes and Plan Updates, Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Training Conference, January 2013
Techniques of Oral Advocacy, March 2002
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
Board certified by the Florida Bar, as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law
The Florida Bar: Administrative Law; Health Law; and City, County and Local Government Law Sections, Member
District 1 Representative to the Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Law Section Executive Council
Co-Chair, Florida Bar Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum
The Georgia Bar, Local Government and Administrative Law Sections
Guardian Ad Litem, Second Judicial Circuit
Previous Professional Experience
Prior to and while attending law school, worked as a full-time Deputy Sheriff for the Broward County Sheriff's Office, accumulating ten years of law enforcement experience and receiving numerous commendations and awards by retirement in January 2001.
During law school, worked as a summer intern for the Broward County Attorney's Office, Environmental and Land Use Section. Researched issues for and attended administrative hearings for environmental-related county ordinance violations, and assisted with negotiations for wetlands mitigation.
Awards and Recognitions
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2022-present
Recipient of the 2021 Chair Service Award for outstanding contributions to the City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar
Outstanding Local Government Law Student, City, County and Local Government Law Section, The Florida Bar, April 2000