Thomas has substantial experience as a transactional attorney in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property. His intellectual property experience includes patent, copyright, trademarks and unfair competition, and advising clients on intellectual property portfolio management and strategy. He is a licensed patent attorney.
Thomas served for a time in the U.S. Air Force, operationally attached to the NSA. Afterwards, he practiced law in Colorado and taught law at a number of law schools, including Regent University, where he was a Professor for 17 years. While at Regent University, Thomas enjoyed concentrating his teaching on Contract Law, Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Law, and a survey course in Intellectual Property Law. He has also taught Cyber Security Law, and several other courses.
When not at work, Thomas has enjoyed bicycling, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, surfing, and languages, including computer languages, international travel, and lecturing. He has been married for 34 years and has three sons and a daughter.
Thomas is a special independent consultant to Davis Law, PLC. He is a licensed patent attorney with the USPTO, and he is also licensed in the state of Colorado (presently inactive status).
Education♦ U.S. Air Force Academy, B.S., 1971. Concentration in Chinese and Far Eastern Area Studies (top third, academic order of merit).
♦ Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1978. Editor, American Criminal Law Review (invitations extended to students in the top 7-15% of the class).
♦ Licensed Patent Attorney (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office). Admitted to practice in Colorado (presently inactive), the Tenth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Awards & Recognition♦2019 Professor of the Year (1 L), Awarded by the Regent University School of Law, Student Bar.
♦2010 Regent University Faculty Award for Excellence in scholarship .
♦2009 Winner, Ladas Memorial Award for “Space Pirates, Hitchhikers, Guides, and the Public Interest: Transformational Trademark Law in Cyberspace”—from the International Trademark Association for excellence in writing on a trademark-related subject.
♦Thomas has consistently been listed in the top 10% of authors by all-time downloads on the SSRN, a top-ranking source for legal scholarship
Prior Affiliations♦American Bar Association, IP Law Committee 254 (Special Committee on Trademarks and the Internet), participant-contributor on the response to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Implementation Recommendation Team's May 29, 2009 Final Report on Trademark
♦ American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Trademark Internet Committee, Module 3 subcommittee (Dispute Resolution Procedures) , participant-contributor on the response to ICANN concerning the gTLD Draft Applicant Guidebook, version 3 (ad hoc committee work and collaborative drafting during November 2009).