Andrew T. Thomas founded the law firm to help immigrants live and work legally in the United States. He has made frequent media appearances on TV, radio and print discussing immigration issues.
Mr. Thomas began his career as a member of a litigation team that represented a class of former and current direct-serve gasoline dealers located throughout thirty-five states who were able to prove that a multi-national oil and gas company intentionally overcharged them for motor fuel between March 1, 1983 and August 31, 1994 by failing to provide promised rebates under the now defunct Discount-For-Cash (DFC) pricing incentive program. The class action lawsuit resulted in recovery for the dealers of $1.08 billion with attorneys’ fees of $325 million, expense reimbursement of $5.65 million, and incentive award of $15.9 million to the class representatives. He has extensive litigation and trial experience representing Fortune 500 companies in complex litigation, products liability, and specialty torts.
Andrew has taken his experience and passion for litigation and trial and applied it to representing individuals in Immigration Court facing removal and deportation from the United States. In addition, he has helped numerous families successfully obtain residency, visas and work authorizations through petitions with the Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
MEDIA APPEARANCES AND RECOGNITIONS:
Mr. Thomas has numerous media appearances in his career including appearances on Univision, Telemundo, Buenos Dias Familia, and Estrella TV. He has also been recognized as one of the “Leaders in Law” in the Best of Big D edition of D Magazine as well as a “Top Lawyer” in Houston by Houstonia Magazine. He was recently honored by The New York Times on its annual list of “Power Lawyers” in the United States.
He has been recognized by the American Institute of Legal Counsel, Immigration Law Division, as a “10 Best” Immigration Attorney in Texas as well as being included as a Top Rated Lawyer in Texas by Lawyers of Distinction. He has further been honored in Attorney & Practice Magazine as a distinguished attorney.
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
A 6th Generation Texan, Mr. Thomas is a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and was commissioned as an Admiral in the Texas Navy by the Governor of Texas recognizing his leadership and community involvement. In addition, he has worked pro bono as an Attorney Ad Litem with Lawyers for Children America and has been recognized as an individual Trendsetter in the Chesterfield Smith Society for Equal Justice. He was the 1999 English-Speaking Union’s National Public Speaking Champion and proudly represented the United States in the International Semi-Finals in London, England.
He is a member, in good standing, of the Texas and Florida Bar. He is also licensed to practice with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
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Andrew received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Arkansas School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas, also with Honors.