Will Thomas is a litigator in the firm’s Houston office. Will’s practice includes a wide array of complex cases involving energy, construction, commercial contracts, insurance, consumer protection statutes, and white-collar matters. Will has experience leading internal investigations and counseling corporate clients during criminal investigations. Will is also national counsel for several Fortune 500 companies in actions involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).
Before joining EMH, Will gained valuable insight into the judicial process as a law clerk for the United States District Court in the Western District of Texas. Will was an officer in the Texas Army National Guard, and in 2008, he deployed to Iraq as a bodyguard and manager of the Army’s Baghdad hotel for visiting dignitaries. During the year-long deployment, the hotel—a re-purposed palace from the previous regime— lodged over 2000 visitors, including Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Stephen Colbert.
Outside the office, Will volunteers with the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic. He enjoys TCU sports, fantasy football, and listening to a variety of podcasts. Will has visited 38 U.S. states (and counting), arriving at two states by way of parachute.
Texas “Rising Star” Attorney in Texas Monthly, 2016
Law Review (Senior Executive Editor)
Highest ranked undergraduate (Spring 2007)
Obtained multi-million dollar judgment against national energy company’s former employees, who engaged in a sophisticated money laundering and embezzlement scheme.
Successfully represented global metal supplier in check fraud case against contractor. Case resolved when contractor returned all stolen funds.
In a matter of first impression of state indemnification statute, successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing municipality’s multi-million dollar claim for damages arising from construction defects in downtown bridge. See First Mercury Ins. Co. v. Westchester Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 152 F.Supp.3d 1320 (D. Or. 2016).
Represented national energy and life insurance companies in multiple TCPA class action lawsuits. Cases were dismissed or resolved on very favorable terms.
Successfully negotiated a highly contentious property dispute involving homeowners, homeowners association, and nearby municipal airport.
Represented life insurer sued for alleged misconduct and bad faith. Following several days of trial in federal court, the case settled on favorable terms.
As pro bono matter, drafted an appellate brief, resulting in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacating prisoner’s sentence and remanding.
Franka v. Velasquez, What Is The Prognosis For Negligent Causes of Action Against Texas Government Employees? 64 BAYLOR L. REV. 622 (2012)
“Parallel Civil and Criminal Investigations and Proceedings,” presented to client in 2015.