Thomas is a Partner and the Head of International Arbitration at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. based in the firm’s Dubai office. He has represented high-net-worth individuals, corporate entities, and sovereign states in a wide range of matters involving international arbitration and other forms of cross-border dispute resolution, including state-to-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration, international investment disputes, and U.S. court litigation.
Thomas has been named a Global Elite Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration and is ranked for dispute resolution in Chambers United Arab Emirates. He is recognized in the Legal 500 Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist – Middle East Region and for Arbitration & ADR in the United Arab Emirates by Lexology’s Client Choice. He was also recognized by Asian Legal Business in its listing of Super 50 Lawyers in MENA 2022.
In addition to his role with DIAC, Thomas is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Arbitration Committee of the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA), the International Arbitration Committee of KCAB International, and the Executive Committee of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA) Users Council (Realty).
Before relocating to Dubai, Thomas was a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.