WARD H. THOMAS, JR.
University of Texas (BBA-Accounting 1979, JD 1982); WB Ray HS (Corpus Christi, Texas 1975)
1982 Texas; also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Claims
Mr. Thomas has been continuously engaged in the private practice of law for 35 years and has successfully represented hundreds of clients in a wide spectrum of litigated matters, including many complex property damage, construction, real estate, insurance and oil and gas cases. Mr. Thomas has tried, arbitrated or otherwise successfully resolved cases in all of the following categories:
§ Civil Litigation and Commercial Disputes
§ Oil Field Litigation
§ First Party Insurance Claims and Bad Faith Insurance Practices
§ Construction Defects and Construction Delay Damages
§ Wrongful Death
§ Trucking Company Negligence
§ Breach of Contract
§ Specific Performance
§ Oil and Gas Operating Agreement Disputes
§ Fraudulent Conveyance
§ Partnership and Corporate Management Disputes
§ Shareholder Derivative Actions
§ Trespass to Try Title
§ Mechanic's Liens
§ Deceptive Trade Practices
§ Adverse Possession
§ Employment Disputes
§ Non-Competition Agreements
§ Tax Valuation Disputes
Mr. Thomas has extensive experience in banking and lending transactions and concentrated his practice in construction, real estate, banking and bankruptcy (with board certifications in business and consumer bankruptcy law) for many years with a prominent Corpus Christi law firm before turning his focus to a solo litigation practice concentrating on the representation of persons and companies injured by the wrongful conduct of others, with the majority of such work being performed on either contingent or blended fee arrangements.
Since moving with his family to their Karnes County ranch in 2006, Mr. Thomas has opened an office in Kenedy, Texas, and has redirected his practice to the representation of individuals, property owners and local businesses facing struggles with serious personal injuries, property damages and economic loss caused by oil companies, drilling and service companies, pipeline companies, trucking companies and other comercial interests involved with drilling and development in the Eagle Ford Shale oil play.
Mr. Thomas is married to Dr. Kathryn Thomas, a retired educator who was formerly with the Corpus Christi and Goliad Independent School Districts, and has three children, Jill (30), Richard (28) and Luke (13). In addition to the practice of law, he enjoys managing the operations of his working cattle ranch and collecting vintage sports cars.