Samuel J. Thomas


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Samuel J. Thomas
Samuel J. Thomas

“Every case is viewed from the perspective that our success is measured only by our client’s success.  By truly partnering with our clients, my team provides expert guidance on the different approaches to move from problem to solution and from opportunity to success.”

Sam Thomas is a Principal in Bressler’s Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law practice groups, and chairs the firm’s Insurance Premium Litigation and Workers’ Compensation practices. Broad experience representing the insurance and claims industries has allowed Sam to consistently deliver practical, proven and cost-effective solutions to our clients.

Sam and his team represent insurers, insurance brokers and claim administrators in a wide range of commercial litigation matters arising out of both large loss-sensitive insurance programs and guaranteed cost policies across all lines of insurance, errors & omissions across underwriting, coverage, claims handling and brokerage services, insurance coverage counseling and litigation, and complex claim defense. Sam understands both the business and legal implications of national accounts, commercial insurance, and recurring issues raised by policyholders. His capabilities span every aspect of the insurance practice, such as retrospective premium formulas and calculations, large deductible formulas and calculations, allocated loss adjustment expense billing methods, guaranteed cost policies, premium audits, premium credits, dividends, claims handling and reserving, bad faith, experience modification factors and the impact on such factors from claims mismanagement, collateral draws and deficiencies, environmental and mass tort claim allocations across triggered policies, cost share agreements and contribution claims, premium financing arrangements, broker and agency relationships, and reinsurance. 

Recognized for his expertise and reputation with commercial insurance matters, Sam is frequently asked to address trade associations regarding substantive law and effective litigation strategies. Sam also served as the expert witness for the prevailing party in a multimillion dollar arbitration which centered on the parties’ strategies, decisions and actions in a commercial litigation matter involving a large retrospectively rated insurance program with allegations of pervasive claims mismanagement.

For more than two decades, Sam has also practiced workers’ compensation law on behalf of employers. This practice is focused on the representation of larger self-insured employers faced with substantial risk retention. This allows Sam to develop a thorough understanding of his clients’ businesses, personnel and operations, which he believes is critical to effective defense work. Sam’s workers’ compensation practice also make him uniquely qualified to defend insurers and claim administrators in bad faith lawsuits and counterclaims involving allegations of claims mismanagement.

Sam chairs the firm’s Pro Bono program through which the firm devotes substantial time and resources to help veterans, active servicemembers, victims of domestic violence, children at risk, and many others in need. When not practicing law, Sam spends time with his family and is active in his church. Sam enjoys traveling, hiking and barbecuing in his backyard.