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Jacqueline Thomas

thomas-jacquelineJacqueline Thomas

Partner, Litigation Department Chair, Lacy Katzen LLP

Years in current role:20

What do you enjoy most about being a litigator?

The best part about being a litigator is the satisfaction of being able to help people who are in difficult situations. Because I focus my practice in personal injury and medical negligence law, many of my clients have suffered tragic losses. They have lost a family member or have suffered an injury that has turned their lives upside down. Helping to guide them through a terrible time in their lives, giving them a voice, achieving justice and closure is extremely rewarding.

What do you consider your biggest success in navigating the litigation process during the pandemic?

I never thought I would see a time when courthouses were closed for an extended period. Seeing the wheels of justice grind to a halt was devastating to my clients. For many, justice delayed is justice denied. Use of alternative dispute resolution has been a big part of the solution. Seeking ways to keep cases moving despite the court closures and the resulting backlog of cases has been the best way to serve my clients.

What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?

How we develop young lawyers will change. The remote work model initiated in response to the COVID pandemic will create unique workplace challenges. We will need to balance the benefits and flexibility of a remote workplace with being able to develop and mentor young talent. So much of what I learned about being a good lawyer was developed in person by watching and interacting with my mentors on a daily basis. We need to find ways to ensure that the next generation of lawyers doesn’t miss out on a crucial piece of their development.

What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?

I have served on the Board of my high school alma mater, The Aquinas Institute, for over 20 years. Neither of my parents had the means to attend college. Education for their four children was a top priority and they sacrificed a great deal to send me to Aquinas. The school’s focus on teaching the principles of goodness, discipline, and knowledge provided the foundation for who I am today. It is important for me to give back to help continue that tradition for others.