Our Team

William B. Thomas

Partner

Phone: (713) 333-5888

Fax: (713) 333-5981

Email: william.thomas@mhllp.com

Office Location: Houston


Will Thomas is a litigator in the firm’s Houston office. Will’s practice includes a wide array of complex cases throughout the country involving energy, construction, commercial contracts, insurance, consumer protection statutes, personal injury, and white-collar matters. Will has been deeply involved at counseling clients at every stage of litigation, including developing cost-effective litigations strategies, reducing discovery burdens, negotiating favorable settlements, and representing clients at trial and through appeal. Will has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star for the past three years.

Before joining McDowell Hetherington, Will was ranked number one in his undergraduate class and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baylor Law School. He gained valuable insight into the judicial process as a law clerk for the United States District Court in the Western District of Texas. Will was also an officer in the Texas Army National Guard, and in 2008, he deployed to Iraq as a bodyguard and manager of the Army’s Baghdad hotel for visiting dignitaries. During the year-long deployment, the hotel—a re-purposed palace from the previous regime—lodged over 2,000 visitors, including Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Stephen Colbert.

Outside the office, Will is a die-hard TCU sports fan, a wine enthusiast, and avid consumer of a wide variety of podcasts. Will has visited 41 U.S. states (and counting), arriving at two states by way of parachute.


HONORS

  • Texas “Rising Star” Attorney in Texas Monthly, 2018
  • Texas “Rising Star” Attorney in Texas Monthly, 2017
  • Law Review (Senior Executive Editor)
  • Highest ranked undergraduate (Spring 2007)

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained multi-million dollar judgment against national energy company’s former employees, who engaged in a sophisticated money laundering and embezzlement scheme.
  • Successfully represented global metal supplier in check fraud case against contractor. Case resolved when contractor returned all stolen funds.
  • In a matter of first impression of state indemnification statute, successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing municipality’s multi-million dollar claim for damages arising from construction defects in downtown bridge. See First Mercury Ins. Co. v. Westchester Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 152 F.Supp.3d 1320 (D. Or. 2016).
  • Represented national energy and life insurance companies in multiple TCPA class action lawsuits. Cases were dismissed or resolved on very favorable terms.
  • Successfully negotiated a highly contentious property dispute involving homeowners, homeowners association, and nearby municipal airport.
  • Represented life insurer sued for alleged misconduct and bad faith. Following several days of trial in federal court, the case settled on favorable terms.
  • As pro bono matter, drafted an appellate brief, resulting in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacating prisoner’s sentence and remanding.

PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Franka v. Velasquez, What Is The Prognosis For Negligent Causes of Action Against Texas Government Employees? 64 BAYLOR L. REV. 622 (2012)
  • “Parallel Civil and Criminal Investigations and Proceedings,” presented to client in 2015.

ADMISSIONS

  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

EDUCATION

  • Baylor Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
  • Texas Christian University, B.S., political science, summa cum laude, 2007