H. Victor Thomas JR (Victor)

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Hinds Thomas

HOUSTON
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Vic Thomas is litigation counsel with the King & Spalding’s Houston office and is a member of the firm’s Texas Appellate Team that, over the past six years, has reduced verdicts and judgments against the firm’s clients by many millions of dollars.  He has over 25 years of appellate and trial experience in both personal injury and business litigation.  He has been board certified in civil appellate law with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Texas since 1988.  He served as a Research Attorney for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas from 1983 through 1985, assigned only to complex civil appeals.  Mr. Thomas uses his insider’s knowledge of the appellate decision-making process to structure his briefs.  He has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the past 12 years.

Mr. Thomas  often works on appeals that are referred to him by trial lawyers outside of his firm.  In fact, a prominent trial attorney with another firm wrote in a letter:  “I have told my partners that they should never do an appellate brief without Mr. Thomas’ assistance.”

Mr. Thomas also represents clients at trial when there is a potential for a large judgment, providing daily trial reports of any reversible error.  He assists at trial with preserving complaints for appeal, venire challenges, evidentiary objections, expert challenges, jury charges, and motions for directed verdict.   

Publications

  • Pros and Cons of Rule 91a Motions”, Texas Lawyer, September 30, 2013.

  • “New Silica Exposure Standard Likely To Impact Fracking”, Energy, Employment and Project Finance Law360, September 17, 2013.

  • “New Trial Orders In Texas Now Subject To Appellate Review”, Texas and Appellate Law360, September 9, 2013.

  • “Unsettled Questions of Texas Law—Claim for Exemplary Damages Against an Insured Employer for a Work-Related Death”, 53 South Texas Law Review 787, Summer 2012.

  • “Fracking Complaints: Similar Cases, Different Results,” Law 360 Newsletters, May 17, 2012.

  • “Cellphones can be perilous to employers,” Houston Business Journal, August 12, 2011.

  •  “New Trial Orders by Texas Trial Courts are now Subject to Review by Mandamus,” Client Alert, August 26, 2009.

  • “Tortious Interference Arising from Filing or Threatening to File a Lawsuit: The Privilege Defense in Flux,” The Houston Lawyer; September/October, 2003.

  • “The 1979 Amendments Revolutionized the Texas Statutes of Limitations.  But it was Not Recognized Until Almost 11 Years Later,” Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 54, No. 4, April, 1991.
EDUCATION
J.D., Southern Methodist University
B.B.A., magna cum laude, Baylor University

ADMISSIONS
Texas