Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from the University of New Orleans, and began his legal career as a founding class member of Chapman University School of Law in Orange, CA. During that time, his drive and accomplishments so significantly shaped the future success of the Law School that the University named him one of the 150 most influential persons in the University’s 150 year history. After law school, Thomas came home to Louisiana and began a ten year association with the Office of the City Attorney for the City of New Orleans, where he rose from law clerk to prosecutor, to supervising deputy for the in-house legal division.
Thomas was elected to the Orleans Parish School Board in 2008 and was instrumental in the turnaround of the school system in New Orleans. On the School Board, he served as Chair of the Accountability Committee, and later as Vice-President and President of the Board. During his tenure, the Board went from junk-bond status with no ratings, to ratings by S&P of Aa+ and Moody's of Aa3. The ensuing refinancing of over $116 Million in debt saved taxpayers over $25 Million. During this time, the School Board built over a dozen new schools and refurbished dozens more that were damaged during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Thomas also designed and re-established the OPSB’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program and led the successful fight to ban creationism in science classes and revisionist history books, as well as strengthen the anti-bullying policies and procedures, specifically including LGBT+ students and personnel. At the end of his tenure, the School Board was ranked second in the state of Louisiana and had 5 schools that were nationally ranked.
As an attorney, Thomas has set precedential law in over 30 cases. He has practiced in both state and Federal Courts, before the Louisiana Supreme Court, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeal and written for the US Supreme Court 6 times, with a 5-1 win record.
After leaving the City Attorney’s Office, Thomas became in-house counsel for Georges Enterprises, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate in Louisiana, where for five years he handled all aspects contracts, acquisitions, zoning & land use, and governmental relations.
Thomas spent 2016 in Sweden working with LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees. In 2017, Thomas joined Air World and Scurlock Entertainment as legal counsel.
Thomas now operates a private solo law practice, in addition to operating The Acadiana Law Firm, LLC, a provider of unique, Useful and affordable CLE's.