Jennifer M. Thomas
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One Commerce Plaza
Albany, NY 12260
Jennifer M. Thomas
Jennifer Thomas joined Whiteman Osterman & Hanna in August 2021. Ms. Thomas is a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Appeals Group. Ms. Thomas litigates a broad range of matters, including corporate disputes, commercial real estate and construction litigation, civil rights and constitutional claims, land use, zoning and commercial development litigation, complex personal injury litigation, and employment litigation. Ms. Thomas also performs pro bono work, including the litigation of a prisoner civil rights trial in Federal Court.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Thomas was an associate at Wollmuth Maher and Deutsch in New York, New York, where she litigated all aspects of complex commercial litigation and arbitration in both State and federal court, including appeals in the Second Circuit and First Department of New York State, representing institutional investors and insurance companies. Previously, Ms. Thomas was a judicial intern for the Hon. Debra Freeman, United States magistrate judge for the Southern District of New York. Additionally, Ms. Thomas was a legal intern with the Securities and Exchange Commission in New York, New York.
Ms. Thomas is admitted to practice in New York State and is a member of the Rensselaer County Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Ms. Thomas also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club.
Ms. Thomas graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2017 with her Juris Doctor. Ms. Thomas served as a Senior Articles Editor on the St. John’s Law Review. Ms. Thomas also served as a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law, Legal Writing, and Introduction to Law for incoming law students. Ms. Thomas also served as a research assistant to Professor Anita Krishnakumar regarding statutory interpretation. During law school, through a seminar, Ms. Thomas taught criminal law to high school students in Queens, NY. At graduation, Ms. Thomas received the Dean’s Award for the highest grade in Federal Courts and the pro bono service award for completing over 500 pro bono hours of public service.
Ms. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, from Siena College in Loudonville, New York with a major in Psychology and a pre-law certificate. During her time at Siena College, Ms. Thomas was a legal intern with the Hon. Andrew G. Ceresia in Rensselaer County Court and a legal intern with Mental Hygiene Legal Services for the Third Judicial Department in Albany, New York. Ms. Thomas also worked part time as a legal assistant at Schiller and Knapp LLP in Latham, New York. Additionally, Ms. Thomas was a summer legal fellow at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Thomas is originally from Troy, New York, is a graduate of Catholic Central High School, and currently lives in Averill Park, New York.
Outside of work, Ms. Thomas enjoys traveling both within and outside of the U.S. and has a goal to visit all 50 states by 2030. Ms. Thomas also enjoy cooking and frequents cooking classes to perfect her skills.