Tad Thomas

Tad Thomas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Louisville, KY

Thomas Law Offices
 | 9418 Norton Commons Blvd., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40059
Phone: 877-955-7001
Email: Tad Thomas
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)

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Attorney Profile

Mr. Thomas is the founding partner of Thomas Law Offices in Louisville, Kentucky.  He and his firm practice solely in the areas of civil litigation with a primary focus in the areas of medical device and pharmaceutical products liability, motor vehicle, trucking and motorcycle collisions and nursing home neglect and abuse.  Mr. Thomas is a nationally recognized lecturer and has conducted seminars across the country on legal technology, depositions and ethics. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the State of New York and numerous federal district courts and circuit courts of appeals.  He is very active in the American Association for Justice serving on the Executive Committee, the Board of Governors and many other committees, sections and litigation groups and has recently been elected Parliamentarian of the association.  He is a cum laude graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University and obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College. 

About Tad Thomas

Admitted: 2000, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: https://www.thomaslawoffices.com/tadthomas

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected as one of the top two Plaintiff's product liability lawyers in Louisville by a vote of the members of the Louisville Bar Association., Louisville Top Products Liability Lawyer - Plaintiff, Louisville Magazine, 2016
  • The Distinquished Service Award is given to members of the American Association for Justice who exceed expectations and go above and beyond for the organization and protecting the 7th Amendment. , Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice, 2015
  • The Distinquished Service Award is given to members of the American Association for Justice who exceed expectations and go above and beyond for the organization and protecting the 7th Amendment. , Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice, 2016
  • The Distinquished Service Award is given to members of the American Association for Justice who exceed expectations and go above and beyond for the organization and protecting the 7th Amendment. , Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice, 2014
  • The Distinquished Service Award is given to members of the American Association for Justice who exceed expectations and go above and beyond for the organization and protecting the 7th Amendment. , Distinguished Service Award, American Association For Justice, 2017
  • The Outstanding Board Member award is presented by the President of the Kentucky Justice Association to the Board Member who most excelled at assisting the organization in pursuing its mission. , Outstanding Board Member - KJA, Kentucky Justice Association, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) formerly ATLA Parliamentarian (2017-Current); AAJ Board of Governors (2013–Current); Executive Committee (2015-Current); Budget Committee (2013–2015); National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees (NCA) (2012-2016); NCA Executive Committee (2013-2016); AAJ PAC Task Force (2016-Current); Evergreen Advisory Board (2016-Current); Affinities and Sponsorship Committee (2015-Current); Website and IT Advisory Committee (2012-Current); Marketing and Practice Development Committee (2012-Current); Law Schools Committee (2007, 2013-Current); Legal Affairs Committee (2016-Current); AAJ Press Advisory Board (2012-2015); Membership Oversight Committee (2012-Current); Minority Caucus Board of Governors Representative (2013); Minority Caucus Education Committee (2016-Current); Minority Caucus Scholarship Committee (2016-Current);; Solo and Small Firm Section (2010-Current; Education Coordinator 2011-2012; Secretary 2012-2013; Vice-Chair 2013-2014; Chair Elect 2014-2015; Chair 2015-2016); Nursing Home Litigation Group (2014-Current; Secretary 2015-2016, Treasurer 2016 to Current); Section Leaders Council (2014-Current); SLC Vice-Chair (2014-Current); National Finance Council (2011-2014, 2016-Current); AAJ Leadership Academy (2013 Inaugural Class);  Retirement Plans Oversight Committee (2011-2012); New Lawyers Division Board of Governors (2005-07), NLD Publications Committee (2005-2007, Chairperson 2006-07); NLD Board of Governors Committee Chairperson (2006-2007); NLD Special Projects Committee Chairperson (2010-2011); NLD Service Award (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014); Convention Planning Committee (2006-07); President's Club (2005-2007); Leaders Forum (2014-Current); AAJ PAC "M" Club or Eagle (2006-2007, 2010-current);     Louisville Bar Association  (2000-Current)       Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee (Vice-chair 2006)   Kentucky Justice Association  (2000-Current)       Board of Governors (2011-Current)       Proactive Legislation Committee (2007) Southern Trial Lawyers Association  (2007-Current) American Bar Association  (2000-2011) Kentucky Bar Association  (2000-current) New York Bar Association  (2008-current) New York City Bar Association  (2008-current)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Kentucky Family Safety Foundation (2015-current) Louisville Free Public Library Advisory Commission (2007-2015); Executive Committee (2008-2015); Chair (Nov. 2008-2015) Library Foundation – Louisville Free Public Library (2006-Current; Investments and Finance Committee Jan. 2009-2015) Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board (Chair – 2010-2011) Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library Executive Board (2004-2008); President (2006-2008); Vice President (2005-2006) 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERSMobile Technology; Kentucky Justice Association, The Advocate, May/June 2012. Going Mobile; American Association for Justice, Trial, January 2012. Another Thing They Didn’t Teach You in Law School – Client Development; Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, Nov. 2007. Truck Accident Litigation (2nd ed.) American Bar Association, Essential Actions: Preserving the Evidence, (2006). Returning the Scales to Balance: Execution Impact Evidence In Kentucky, Northern Kentucky Law Review, Vol. 27(2) 2000, pg. 411-429.SEMINARS GIVENSocial Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution; American Association for Justice, Chicago, IL, July 29, 2012.  (Tentative) Paperless Office: iPads and Apps for Lawyers; American Association for Justice, Chicago, IL, July 29, 2012. (Tentative) Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution; Oklahoma Association for Justice, Incline Village, NV, June 22, 2012. Paperless Office: iPads and Apps for Lawyers; Oklahoma Association for Justice, Incline Village, NV, June 22, 2012. Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution; Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville, KY, June 19, 2012. iPads at Trial; El Paso Trial Lawyers Association, El Paso, TX, June 14, 2012. iPads at Trial; Permian Basin Trial Lawyers Association, Odessa, TX, June 13, 2012. iPads at Trial; Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville, KY, May 8, 2012. Not Just a Toy: iPads and Other Tech for Lawyers; Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention, Columbus, OH; May 4, 2012. iPads and Apps for Lawyers: Depositions and Client Meetings; Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville, KY, March 20, 2012. Paperless Office: iPads and Apps for Lawyers; PILMMA Spring Marketing and Management Summit, New Orleans, LA, March 16-17, 2012. Avoiding Ethical Traps Webinar: Opposing Counsel and the Role of Social Media; American Association for Justice, Webinar, December 19, 2011. Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution; Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY, October 28, 2011. Paperless Offices, iPads and Apps for Lawyers; Louisiana Association for Justice Personal Injury Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 16, 2011. American Association for Justice Annual Convention: Litigation Track: Apps for Lawyers; American Association for Justice Annual Convention, New York, NY, July, 2011. Using Technology in Your Practice, Paperless office – A Practical Guide to the Digital Law Firm; Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville, KY, June 12, 2011. American Association for Justice Jazz Fest Auto Litigation Seminar: Using Technology in Your Cases/Practice: Practical Technology for the Solo Practitioner;  New Orleans, LA, April 28, 2011. Basic Training for County Attorneys: Prosecutorial Ethics, Immunity and Open Records/Open Meetings; Kentucky Prosecutor’s Advisory Council, December 1, 2010. E-Discovery for State Government Attorneys; Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, July 25, 2008. Money Traps for Lawyers; Kentucky Bar Association, October 9, 2007.  Leveling the Playing Field: The Use of Technology in the Courtroom and the Office; Louisville Bar Association, June 15, 2007.  American Association for Justice: Litigating Trucking Cases – From Discovery to Trial:  Using Black Box Data to Prove Your Theory of the Case; Caesars Las Vegas, October 20-21, 2006             American Association for Justice: Fundamentals of Trucking Litigation - Preservation of Evidence in Trucking Cases; St. Louis, MO., September 19, 2006            Starting Your Solo or Small Firm Practice, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, April 12, 2006  Negotiation: The New Art of War, Louisville Bar Association, Feb. 24, 2005

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Hospital Negligence At age 78 a gentleman with back pain was admitted to the hospital for several nights. The hospital’s policies and procedures required that any admitted patient be evaluated to determine whether or not they were at risk of falling. Once assessed, it was determined that the Plaintiff was a high fall risk and required the placement of a bed alarm which warns staff when a patient is trying to get out of bed. The night before he was scheduled to be discharged the Plaintiff fell at 4:50 a.m. and broke his hip. The hospital defended the case arguing that the patient had disabled the bed alarm himself and even admitted as much to his doctor. However, at trial it was proven that this statement was unreliable because it was made while the patient was under the influence of pain medications and that it was impossible for the alarm to be disabled if it was properly installed. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff for $134,000 including medical expenses and pain and suffering., 2010
  • On December 22, 2015, a Circuit Court Judge in Louisville, Kentucky, entered an Agreed Judgment and Consent Degree between the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General and Janssen Pharmaceuticals resolving the litigation between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the maker of the drug. (Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Janssen et. al. 13-CI-002488, Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 3). Thomas Law Offices served as co-counsel to the Office of the Attorney General in representing the Commonwealth.  To resolve the claims, Janssen will be making a payment to the Commonwealth of $15.5 million dollars and has agreed to cease its promotion of Risperdal for non-FDA approved uses. In addition, the company has agreed to adequately disclose known risks associated with the use of the drug., 2015
  • Lead Poisoning In July of 2007, two employees of a contractor were working at a lead battery plant in Richmond, Kentucky when they were exposed to large doses of toxic lead particulate which is used in the battery manufacturing process. In the 1970’s the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (“NIOSH”) estimated that more that one million workers were occupationally exposed to lead and the some of the highest exposures come from lead battery operations. It has long been known that over-exposure to lead can result in accumulation in the body resulting in high blood lead levels. This hazardous condition, diagnosed by blood testing, may cause permanent damage to an individual’s nervous, renal, reproductive and cardiovascular systems and may even cause death. Individuals with lead poisoning may see symptoms such as loss of appetite, a metallic taste in their mouth, constipation, anemia, malaise, weakness, insomnia, headaches, nervous irritability and muscle and joint pains. Both of Mr. Thomas’ clients claimed in their suit that they suffered severe adverse health affects as a result of this exposure which left them permanently disabled and unable to work. They also claimed that their exposure was partially the result of the failure of their employer and the battery manufacturing plant to train them properly as required by OSHA. Because lead is inherently ultra-hazardous in nature it is specifically covered under federal Occupational and Safety and Health laws. 29 CFR § 1910.1025. In 1979 NIOSH expanded the code to provide for medical monitoring, record keeping, employee education and training, medical removal protection, hygiene facilities and practices, respiratory protection, protective clothing and equipment. The workers filed suit in 2008, but after two years of little activity to move the case forward, Mr. Thomas was asked to join the suit in 2010. Once involved, he aggressively litigated the case for less than a year resolved the matter in a confidential settlement., 2010
  • Tad Thomas, serving as local counsel for Clifford Law Offices of Chicago, recently settled a lawsuit against several parties involved in a train derailment that took place in 2013. Plaintiffs Leonard Carrillo and Gregory Powers, were severely burned in flash fires that occurred during a train derailment cleanup. A derailed train car spilled butadiene, a chemical used in synthetic rubber production. The plaintiffs were instructed to use a cutting torch in order to separate two train cars. A worker for one of the defendants inspected the area and gave the plaintiffs a thumbs up to separate the train cars, failing to notice a chemical leak. One of the train cars was carrying the hazardous chemical, butadiene and instantly started two flash fires. Both men were severely burned, Carrillo suffered second and third degree burns to 80 percent of his body, also a shoulder injury that inhibits him from performing most manual labor. Powers also had second and third degree burns on 50 percent of his body and suffers from neuropathy in his hands. The case was mediated several times before reaching a settlement on December 12, 2016 for $18.5 million., 2016
  • Airline Disaster On August 27, 2006, Comair Flight 5191 crashed in Lexington, Kentucky taking the lives of 47 passengers and two crew members.  The aircraft was given permission to taxi and take off from the only runway open to commercial jets.  Unfortunately, the pilots attempted to take off from a second, unlit runway intended for only small, general aviation aircraft.  The runway was too short for the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet and the pilots were unable to get the jet airborne before it crashed into a tree line just past the airfield.  Tad Thomas was hired to represent the estate of a young lady killed in the crash while on her way to get married.  This case resulted in a confidential settlement with the airline., 2006

Educational Background:

  • SALMON P. CHASE COLLEGE OF LAW Northern Kentucky University Juris Doctorate (cum laude) 2000 GEORGETOWN COLLEGE Georgetown, Kentucky Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1997

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
Office Location for Tad Thomas

9418 Norton Commons Blvd.
Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40059

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Last Updated: 5/20/2019

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