Thomas is described as having “a tough style that is very effective”.
Who’s Who Legal 2019
Thomas “is very client-focused, very pragmatic, and creative with solutions”.
Acritas clients survey 2018
“He is very knowledgeable about aviation accident litigation and is a skilled litigator in the French courts.”
Chambers Europe 2019
He “is widely recognised for his activity in product liability litigation.”
Chambers Europe 2019
Thomas is “really proactive and always has the big picture in mind.”
Chambers Europe 2019
The “finest product liability lawyer in the country and one of the very best on the continent”.
Who’s Who Legal
Thomas is a founding partner of the Paris office of Signature Litigation and a leading commercial and international litigator. Previously a partner in a major international law firm, Thomas has almost 30 years’ experience in litigation.
Described as “an intelligent and clear-minded lawyer“, a “tough but excellent” litigator, “a good strategist and the best trial lawyer [the client has] seen in the French court system“, Thomas focuses on complex, bet the company litigation.
Recognised by Who’s Who Legal as the “finest product liability lawyer in the country and one of the very best on the continent“, Thomas has a seasoned, wide and multifaceted practice, spanning from contract litigation to corporate and banking disputes as well as to fraud and asset tracing. Thomas is regarded by Who’s Who Legal as one of two ‘Global Elite Thought Leaders’ in France for Life Sciences: Product Liability, and the directory notes he is a “standout figure in the life sciences market“. Previous editions of this directory has also praised Thomas for his “tough style that is very effective.” Thomas has also been listed as one of the “Most Highly Regarded” practitioners in Who’s Who Legal France: Product Liability Defence, with the Guide noting that he is “a pre-eminent figure in the French market“. He is an expert in international, cross-border litigation. Thomas “is very client-focused, very pragmatic, and creative with solutions” (Acritas clients survey, 2018). He is also recognised as one of four “Thought Leaders” in Who’s Who Legal’s Insurance and Reinsurance 2019 Guide and a Recommended lawyer in the Insurance and Reinsurance 2020 Guide, which describes him as “phenomenal for product liability claims and litigation proceedings”. Who’s Who Legal also ranks Thomas in its Thought Leaders – Litigation 2020 Guide, which notes he is “a tough and pragmatic lawyer” with “deep knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment”. Who’s Who Legal Product Liability Defence France also describes Thomas as “a leading expert in this area for decades” due to his “excellent” work on complex product liability proceedings. He also receives prominent credit as “a very respected practitioner with an exceptionally strong product liability practice”.
Thomas is highly ranked across the Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 guides; he is ranked Band 2 by Chambers Global 2021 and Europe 2020 for his litigation and aviation law expertise, with sources praising him for his “invaluable” advice, experience and knowledge. The Chambers Global Guide notes Thomas is “highly esteemed for his expertise in handling product liability cases” and clients describe him as “a strong litigator who has driven many claims and defences to a successful conclusion,” also adding that his “strength is to focus on the details and to be extremely closely involved in directing proceedings.” The Legal 500 EMEA Guide consistently recognises Thomas as a ‘Leading Individual’ for his aviation and commercial litigation practices, and he has been regarded as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for his insurance experience.
Thomas is a member of the Board of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). He also serves as Chair of the Superior Appellate Commission of the French Football Federation (FFF).
- Advising a worldwide automotive manufacturer on emissions issues in France.
- Representing a commercial aircraft manufacturer in the defence of personal injury claims arising from major aircraft accidents.
- Representing an online marketplace in disputes against trademark owners (alleged liability in counterfeiting, breach of selective distribution networks, gross negligence through the websites it hosts).
- Representing a Russian bank in a high profile case against the bank’s former owner in the scope of enforcement proceedings involving piercing the corporate veil and attachment of assets located on the French Riviera and in the French West Indies.
- Representing an Austrian bank in the defence of proceedings before the French Courts in order to obtain the cancellation, based on alleged vitiated consent and fraud, of several subscriptions of subordinated participation capital bonds which amount to a total of €200,000,000.
- Representing corporate clients in defending post M&A claims made on allegations of fraudulent inducement and misrepresentation.
SIGNATURE LITIGATION TRIPLE SES RÉSULTATS ET ANNONCE UNE PARTICIPATION ANNUELLE AUX BÉNÉFICES DE 17,2 % – Juristes Associés – 6 October 2020
The rise of data breach litigation – Global Data Review – 18 March 2020
Thomas comments on his wishes for 2020 – Option Droit et Affaires – 8 January
Signature Litigation fête son premier anniversaire à Paris – Le Monde du Droit – 7 January 2020
L’action de groupe : quelle défense pour demain ? – Option Droit et Affaires – 11 December 2019
Class Actions in France: A Unique Scheme that Requires a Tailored Defence Strategy – ICLG – 11 November 2019
French blocking statute reform: An opportunity to strengthen international judicial cooperation? – Thomson Reuters – 17 May 2019
All tied up – Global Data Review – 13 May 2019
New reform proposal to relaunch the French blocking statute raises concerns – FT’s Global Risk Regulator – 7 May 2019
Proposed reforms to French blocking statute would still leave companies “stuck between two evils” – Global Investigations Review – 18 April 2019
C’est si bon for Signature Litigation – Global Legal Post – 17 January 2019
Signature moves into Paris with Hogan Lovells hires after 35% growth – Legal Week – 17 January 2019
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