Tyrone P. Thomas: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Tyrone P. Thomas


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Practice Areas

  • Executive Compensation
  • Affirmative Action
  • Counseling, Training & Employment Practices, Risk Mitigation
  • Sports, Arts & Entertainment
  • Employment, Labor & Benefits
  • Nonprofits
  • Education
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.434.7374
Fax: 202-434-7400
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name @mintz.com (e.g., rmintz@mintz.com)

University Dartmouth College, B.A.
Law SchoolTulane University, J.D.
Admitted2002, New York; 2006, District of Columbia
Memberships District of Columbia Bar; New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association (Member, Section on Taxation); National Bar Association; Sports Lawyers Association.


Tyrone advises boards, presidents, and other senior executives of colleges and universities on terms for employment and consulting agreements. He frequently provides counsel regarding best practices for compensation, benefits, and post-employment covenants for executive contracts. He has prepared numerous deferred compensation plans, performance incentive programs and separation agreements for health care systems, foundations, trade associations and academic institutions. In the course of his practice, he has advised on executive employment arrangements involving over 100 academic institutions.

Tyrone provides compliance advice to boards on governance issues. In this component of his practice, he advises on conflict of interest policies and compliance with IRS regulations governing intermediate sanctions and Form 990 reporting. He has also counseled on the development and implementation of affirmative action plans and related matters with OFCCP. He is a frequent speaker for various associations in higher education on the issue of executive compensation, including the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges.

As a result of his specialized legal training in intercollegiate and amateur athletics, Tyrone advises on various aspects of NCAA compliance, including enforcement investigations, the infractions process, and appeals. He has conducted independent investigations to self-report infractions and defend the basis of corrective actions of member institutions. Tyrone has successfully negotiated the reduction of various NCAA penalties assessed to universities, athletics personnel, and student-athletes.

In addition to his expertise with NCAA bylaws and procedures, he has advised on Title IX, employment contracts and policies for athletics personnel, and privacy issues related to student-athlete records. He is a nationally recognized expert on NCAA compliance and has served as a legal analyst for the New York Times, ESPN, Sports Business Journal and University Business.

Tyrone advises on general employment matters, including EEO compliance. He has conducted workplace investigations and litigation threat assessments for several Fortune 500 companies. His work includes the development of comprehensive diversity action plans that incorporate nationally recognized best practices for recruiting, retaining, and evaluating personnel.

Tyrone is a member of the bars of New York and the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Section on Taxation, the National Bar Association, and the Sports Lawyers Association. His academic background includes an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School, with a Certificate in Sports Law.

Professional & Community Involvement

· Member, National Bar Association

· Member, Sports Lawyers Association


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Summer Semester Checklist - Revisiting Your Coach’s Contract
Tyrone P. Thomas, June 17, 2014
In the “quiet” period for intercollegiate athletic competition, compensation to college coaches has taken center stage. During the ongoing trial in the O’Bannon v. NCAA litigation, the plaintiff’s expert economist highlighted the financial benefits to coaches from the...

Bracketology 101: Part 2 - Survive and Advance: NLRB Says Northwestern Football Players Can Unionize
Tyrone P. Thomas, March 31, 2014
Last week, we placed the union recognition effort of Northwestern University’s football players as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region in our blog entry of issues that may change the face of the Final Four. That issue has now certainly cemented its No. 1 status. In a decision with...

It’s The Most Wonderful Time (For 990 Filings) Of The Year
Tyrone P. Thomas, March 4, 2014
As the nation recovers from the latest series of winter storms, let the rise of temperatures serve as a reminder of the incoming season - tax filing season. For institutional non-profits such as colleges and universities, this means the filing of the Form 990, a required informational tax return of...

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Tyrone P. Thomas

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20004-2608


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