Thomas brings global experience and out-of-the-box solutions to his work with complex commercial corporate restructurings, helping distressed, often high-profile companies find new paths forward.
Clients turn to Thomas for his national and international experience helping private and publically-traded companies in a broad range of industries continue operations as they negotiate restructuring plans. He has advised lenders, distressed companies, committees and asset acquirers in bankruptcies and out-of-court settlements.
Thomas works with a global roster of clients from an array of industries, including casinos, hotels, real estate, sports, tech, power generation, agribusiness, construction, healthcare, manufacturing, airlines and franchising. Many of his cases have an international component. He is an adjunct professor and prolific author and lecturer, writing for both practitioners and corporate executives.
Thomas represented the owners of the Phoenix Coyotes, an NHL hockey team, in bankruptcy negotiations that resulted in a historic sale of the team to the NHL, marking the first time the NHL purchased one of its own franchises.
Known for his savvy in large-scale cases, Thomas has served as restructuring counsel for a national drug store chain, a nationwide operator of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, a publicly-traded owner/operator of fire and ambulance services, and Industrias Nucleares do Brasil S/A, the Brazilian nuclear regulatory agency in the bankruptcies of Nuexco Exchange (U.S. and Switzerland).
In addition to serving as an expert witness on U.S. insolvency law in litigation in Germany, Thomas has advised numerous foreign governments on revamping their laws and has taught Comparative International Insolvency at the University of Salzburg.
A frequent writer, lecturer and presenter, Thomas is active in leadership in the American Bankruptcy Institute and is a past chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona.
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Co-author of the two-volume Bankruptcy Litigation and Practice; A Practitioners' Guide, Fifth Edition, Aspen Law Publications, 2017
Co-author, “Executive Guide to Corporate Bankruptcy”, Second Edition, Beard Publications, 2001
Co-author and executive editor of the three-volume treatise “Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice”, Aspen Law Publications, 1995
Co-author, "Chapter 11 Cases Involving Sports Franchises," Collier On Bankruptcy, 2011
Recognized by AZ Business Leaders in the area of Bankruptcy Law
Member of the select group of insolvency professionals listed in the K&A Restructuring Professionals Registry
Best Lawyers in America®: Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Phoenix, 1993-2017
Best Lawyers in America: Litigation-Bankruptcy, Phoenix, 2011 - present
Best Lawyers in America: "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation-Bankruptcy, Phoenix, 2014
Best Lawyers in America: "Lawyer of the Year," Bankruptcy, Phoenix, 2010
Best Lawyers in America: "Lawyer of the Year," Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights, Phoenix, 2009
Selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers®, 2007 - present
Listed in The International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, 2009
Listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2009 and 2011
Lawdragon's Leading Lawyers in America, 2010
Who's Who Legal 100, 2012
Named one of 12 Outstanding Bankruptcy Attorneys in 1998 and 2000 by Turnarounds & Workouts
Rated "AV/Preeminent Attorney" by Martindale-Hubbell®
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
American Bankruptcy Institute, past director and Executive Committee
American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, Inc., Past Director
Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Past Chair
American College of Bankruptcy Fellow
Plan Issues Advisory Subcommittee for the ABI Bankruptcy Review Commission
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Supreme Court of Arizona
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1982
- Notre Dame Law Review
Rutgers University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1979
- Phi Beta Kappa