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Nelson Thomas

Nelson Thomas


Founding Partner



Nelson Thomas is one of the founding partners of Thomas & Solomon LLP. He has more than a decade’s experience in employment law litigation and counsel. Mr. Thomas litigates a range of matters from complex employment class action lawsuits to litigation involving all types of individual workplace disputes, ranging from claims of illegal termination and harassment, to actions to recover unpaid benefits. His practice also includes negotiating severance packages, and advising on contractual issues, as well as clients’ rights in the workplace. He has spoken and written widely on these topics and has frequently led the panel discussions with judges around the country. While his practice today focuses on representing employees, he previously has represented numerous employers – from large international companies to local entrepreneurial start-ups, a depth of experience that gives him an edge in litigating cases for employees.

In 1999, the judges of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York awarded Mr. Thomas the Special Service Award for “his excellence in the vigorous representation of his clients.” In 2002, he received the 40 Under 40 Award, which honors leaders who have made a significant contribution to the Rochester community.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. – 1993
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.A. summa cum laude – 1990

Published Works

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Law, American Bar Association Contributing Editor
  • Virginia Journal of Law and Politics
  • American Bar Association Publications
  • Staying on Top of Your Game


  • Faculty, Law Education Institute, Aspen Primer on FCA
  • Faculty, Law Education Institute, Aspen Colorado, Ethics and Employment Law
  • Faculty, Law Education Institute, Aspen Colorado, Handling the First 90-days of Litigation
  • Speaker, New York State Bar Association, How to Handle Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuits
  • Speaker, Council on Education and Management, The Four-Headed Monster: The FMLA, Workers’ Compensation, the ADA and the New York Human Rights Law
  • Speaker, Council on Education and Management, Overview of Discrimination Litigation
  • Speaker, Industrial Management Council, Ten Ways to Avoid A Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
  • Speaker, Industrial Management Council, How Management Can Prevent Employment Discrimination Claims
  • Speaker, Industrial Management Council, Anatomy of a Discrimination Case
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, The New FLSA Overtime Regulations

Honors and Awards

  • Judges of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York awarded Special Service Award, 1999
  • 40 Under 40 Award, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Association of Trial Attorneys

Pro Bono Activities

  • Harley School Board of Trustees
  • Upstate New York Representative of The University of Virginia Law School Foundation
  • Mock Trial Coach for the Monroe County Bar Association
  • Volunteer attorney for Volunteer Legal Services
  • Professional Advisory Committee, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
  • Super Lawyers
  • ABA - Defensing Libery Pursuing Liberty
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • NELA - National Employment Lawyers Association
  • MCBA - Monroe County Bar Association

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Thomas & Solomon LLP
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Rochester, NY 14607

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Toll Free: 877-272-4066
Fax: 585-272-0574
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