Thomas is a shareholder in the Casualty Department. He focuses his practice on sports and entertainment litigation, premises liability, transportation litigation and general liability matters, along with a wide array of other areas that he has handled over the last decade in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania.
Thomas attended LaSalle University, where he served as the president of the student senate and received a variety of awards for academic distinction and volunteer efforts in the community. In 1993, he obtained his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. Licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, Thomas is also admitted to appear before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Thomas sits as a judge pro tempore for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Arbitration system. Thomas has received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, an entity which rates the legal ability and ethics of attorneys based on surveys conducted with judges and attorneys. In 2007, 2010 - 2014 Law & Politics/Philadelphia Magazine named Thomas a Super Lawyer.
•Pennsylvania Law Day, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2002-present
•Fraud, Fraud, Fraud -The Use of Surveillance Video in Federal and State Courts in Pennsylvania, 1999
•“Will It Be Easier for Defendants To Change Venue In Pennsylvania?, ” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014
• 'Creeping Disease Rule' Not Applicable in Pennsylvania Property Damage Case, The Journal of Allegheny County Bar Association, 2001-06-15, Vol. 3, No. 12, and Defense Digest, 2001-02, Vol. 7, No. 1
• When Is It Advantageous to Oppose a Petition For A Discontinuance?, Defense Digest, 2000-02, Vol. 6, No. 1
• Will Ross Protect a Joining Defendant When the Plaintiff Gives Up?, Defense Digest, 1997-10, Vol. 3, No. 5
• The Blizzard's Backlash: A Symposium on Issues Confronting Pennsylvania and New Jersey Property Owners, (Co-author), Defense Digest, 1996, Vol. 2, No. 3
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2007, 2010-2015
Year Joined Organization
Will It Be Easier for Defendants To Change Venue In Pennsylvania?
Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2014
By Thomas J. O'Malley, Esq.*Key PointsThe Bratic opinion provides trial courts wide discretion to decide whether the Cheeseman standard of “vexatiousness and oppressiveness” is met.Bratic empowers the trial judge to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...