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Bren K. Thomas

Principal
Orange County

P 949-885-5232
F 949-885-1380
Bren.Thomas@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Bren K. Thomas is a Principal in the Orange County, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling.

Mr. Thomas has extensive litigation experience that includes conducting numerous jury and bench trials involving complex commercial issues and matters related to:

  • Class Actions
  • ERISA
  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Related state claims

With more than 50 trials under his belt, Mr. Thomas has a winning percentage of almost 85 percent on behalf of clients. He also has experience trying class actions, including a successful four-and-a-half month wage and hour class action trial, as well as ERISA matters. He has litigated before numerous administrative bodies, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Communications Commission and is a regular speaker at seminars and continuing education courses on litigation and insurance issues.

Prior to entering law school, Mr. Thomas worked in management with two national retail chains.

Honors and Recognitions

  • American Jurisprudence Award for Corporation Law

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Insurance Litigation Committee, Emerging Issues Subcommittee, Former Chair
  • American Bar Association, Insurance Litigation Committee, Employment Practices Liability Insurance Panel, 1999 Panel Chair
  • American Bar Association, Insurance Litigation Committee Annual Meeting, 1996 Program Chair
  • Central California Employment Law Roundtable, Member, Board of Directors
  • Fresno United Neighborhoods, Member, Board of Directors
  • Insurance Information Council, Member

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Understanding the new proposed disability regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act,” California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Central California Employment Law Roundtable (2011) (panelist)
  • “The 50th Anniversary of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act,” California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Central California Employment Law Roundtable (2009) (panelist)

See AllBren K. Thomas in the News

October 17, 2016
Orange County Business Journal

Bren Thomas Authors "What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Trial"

October 17, 2016

Bren Thomas authors "What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Trial," published by the Orange County Business Journal. Subscription is required to view article Read More

July 25, 2016
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Deepens Litigation Experience in Orange County; Adds Trial Lawyer Bren Thomas

July 25, 2016

ORANGE COUNTY, CA (July 25, 2016) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, announced that renowned trial lawyer Bren K. Thomas has joined the firm’s Orange County, CA office as a Principal.  Mr. Thomas, who was formerly with Littler, brings to Jackson Lewis 25 years of experience... Read More