JOANNE M. THOMAS (Managing Shareholder) is the firm's President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as Managing Shareholder of our Inland Empire office. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and her Juris Doctor from Whittier College of Law. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991 and a member of our firm since that time. Ms. Thomas is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law. She has dedicated her practice exclusively to the field of Workers' Compensation and, throughout her career, has gained vast experience in defending -- from inception to appeal -- all aspects of Workers' Compensation, including 132a and Serious and Willful Misconduct Actions. Ms. Thomas has a uniquely aggressive and enthusiastic approach in defending her cases, but her vision is never overshadowed by her objective of bringing closure to cases to our clients' highest satisfaction. Her expertise includes highly specialized representation of employers subject to the jurisdiction of the Alternative Dispute Resolution process, Public Agencies, SISF, SIGs, and matters involving the Joint Power Authorities. She was recently selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s prestigious “Most Influential Women Attorneys” list for 2019 as well as The Who’s Who Directories’ “Top Attorneys of North America 2018-2019” edition. Ms. Thomas is currently the Guest Editor of the firm’s quarterly newsletter and is authoring a year-long series highlighting the past, present, and future of SRTK, in honor of the firm’s 40th anniversary.
(Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)