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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.

He is arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and is a certified Federal Court mediator with WDNY.

In addition he has served on the Board of Editors, American Bar Association Treatise, Fair Labor Standards Act, Editor of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Trial Techniques, and as a Contributing Editor, American Bar Association Treatise, Age Discrimination in Employment Law.

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, 1993
  • J.D.Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1990
    B.A. Honors: summa cum laude

Work History

  • Founding Partner – Thomas & Solomon LLP,
    2000 – present (employment law for employees)
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
    1993 – 2000 (employment law for management)

Specialty/Subject Matter Experience

  • Represented both management and employees in all aspects of employment law, generally in litigation. Has extensive class action experience.

Professional Achievements

  • AAA Arbitration Panel – 2018 – Present
    Completing Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices
  • WDNY Certified Federal Court Mediator – 2012 – Present
    Over 25 hours certified training
  • Faculty, Law Education Institute, Aspen –
    Primer on FCA
    Ethics and Employment Law
    Handling the First 90-days of Litigation
  • Speaker, New York State Bar Association,
    How to Handle Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuits
    Federal Civil Practice: A Primer
  • Speaker, Council on Education and Management –
    The Four-Headed Monster: The FMLA, Workers’ Compensation, the ADA and the New York Human Rights Law Overview of Discrimination Litigation
  • Speaker, Industrial Management Council –
    Ten Ways to Avoid A Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
    How Management Can Prevent Employment Discrimination Claims
    Anatomy of a Discrimination Case
  • Speaker, National Business Institute –
    The New FLSA Overtime Regulations
  • Speaker, American Conference Institute –
    Views from the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative
    Techniques and Tactics
    How Social Media Impacts the Workplace
    A Primer on the False Claims Act
    Strategic Use of Motions in Limine
    Criminal Record Discrimination and Ban the Box Initiatives
    Deposing a Hostile Witness – Tips for Breaking Through the Facade
  • Co-Moderator, American Conference Institute –
    Views from the Bench: What Works and What Doesn’t in the Courtroom
    Why Parties Succeed and Don’t Succeed in Wage & Hour Litigation
    Novel Trail and Case Management Strategies

Published Works

  • Editor and Board of Editors, American Bar Association Treatise, Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Contributing Editor, American Bar Association Treatise, Age Discrimination in Employment Law
  • Virginia Journal of Law and Politics
  • American Bar Association Publications, including Staying on Top of Your Game


  • Judges of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York awarded Special Service Award, 1999
  • 40 Under 40 Award, 2002
  • NY Superlawyers – 2011 – Present
  • AV Martindale-Hubble – High Ethical Standing – Pre-eminent – 2009 -Present

Other Affiliations

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

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
693 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

Phone: 585-272-0540
Toll Free: 877-272-4066
Fax: 585-272-0574
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