Curtis J. Thomas

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Curtis Thomas is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business and commercial litigation before state and federal courts, arbitrations and administrative proceedings. He has handled a variety of cases — from litigation between the shareholders of a small business to defending companies of varying sizes in complex breach of contract and tort actions — and has litigated a broad range of insurance disputes, including claims related to homeowner’s insurance policies, general commercial liability policies, and claims-made policies. He also has experience defending and prosecuting bad faith claims.

A portion of Curtis’s practice is devoted to representing management exclusively in labor and employment matters. In addition to successfully defending employers in cases alleging violations of state and federal employment and labor laws, he has counseled employers concerning employee terminations and has worked with lead counsel to obtain summary judgment or other positive results in a number of employment discrimination cases.

Curtis’s achievements have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.

Prior to attending law school, Curtis worked for two years for the Oklahoma Municipal League, a local nonprofit that advocates for the interests of cities and towns in Oklahoma, where he was primarily responsible for assisting the municipalities in understanding the various legal requirements with which they were required to comply. He also edited the League’s Handbook for City and Town Officials and spoke to various groups of municipal employees and elected officials on applicable laws such as the Open Meetings Act and Open Records Act as well as municipal elections and municipal finance.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Representative Experience

Business Litigation

  • Assisted in drafting summary judgment motion in a breach of contract action which resulted in a favorable verdict for a large oil and gas client.
  • Assisted in obtaining favorable settlement on behalf of large industrial client for damage to factory caused by independent contractor.
  • Obtained judgment in favor of local pediatric practice against another party for its breach of contract and negligence concerning handling of patient records.
  • Worked with lead counsel to obtain favorable settlement in a bad faith claim for large national insurance provider.

Labor and Employment

  • Successfully represented one of the largest privately held providers of parking management services in its attempts to compel arbitration and stay a federal lawsuit filed by a former employee who asserted claims of race discrimination.
  • Obtained dismissal of a federal civil rights suit filed against an Oklahoma municipality by former police chief.
  • Successfully defended an Oklahoma municipality in an administrative appeal to district court concerning the termination of two city employees.
  • Obtained summary judgment on former employee’s workers’ compensation retaliatory discharge claim.
  • Assisted in drafting successful summary judgment motion on behalf of an employer as to former employee’s racial, gender and age discrimination claims.
  • Conducted employee investigations including allegations of fraud, company theft and other employee misconduct.
  • Advised multiple employers, including a high-profile non-profit organization, concerning employee termination issues.

 

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys
  • Honored with the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyers Division Director Award (2014 and 2015)
  • Honored with the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s President’s Professionalism Award (2015)

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Chair, Law Day; Director, Young Lawyers Division)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association

Attorney Articles

Articles

Employee on leave fired for moonlighting

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

ADA claims shrouded by the ‘leaves’ of the FMLA

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Cat’s in the Cradle: Tenth Circuit Provides Silver Spoon of Subordinate Bias Liability in EEOC v. BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Los Angeles

61 Oklahoma Law Review 629 |
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Occupational Safety & Health Administration

EmployerLINC 2013: 'Government Gone Wild'
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 26, 2013

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

EmployerLINC 2013: 'Government Gone Wild'
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 23, 2013

Government Crackdown on Wage & Hour Issues

EmployerLINC 2011 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 26, 2011, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Health Care Reform: New Rules, New Laws and What It Means for HR

Fall 2010 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar - Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 26, 2010, 8:25 AM - 12:00 PM

Regulatory Enforcement on the Rise: Avoiding Wage & Hour Traps and Surviving a DOL Audit

Fall 2010 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar - Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 26, 2010, 8:25 AM - 12:00 PM

Regulatory Enforcement on the Rise: Avoiding Wage & Hour Traps and Surviving a DOL Audit

Fall 2010 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar - Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 20, 2010, 8:25 AM - 12:00 PM
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Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 2009
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Education

  • J.D., with highest honors, University of Oklahoma, 2009
    • Articles Editor, Oklahoma Law Review; Phi Delta Phi
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004
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