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Oliver Peter Thoma, an associate in our Trial and Global Disputes Practice, represents companies in the life sciences, healthcare, and energy sectors in high-profile, complex, and mass tort litigation. Oliver understands the importance of seeing litigation strategy through the lens of a company’s overall business strategy, which he has learned through his leadership roles within national counsel teams for high-profile, complex, and mass tort litigation.

Oliver has experience in preparing and defending company witnesses, preparing and presenting expert witnesses, deposing lay witnesses and physicians, successful dispositive motion practice, successful expert challenges, preparing cases for trial, mass tort litigation strategy, leading mediation and case resolution negotiations, and litigation risk assessment.

In 2019, Oliver was selected as 1 of 100 attorneys nationwide to participate in the International Association of Defense Counsel’s 2019 Trial Academy at Stanford University.

While in law school, Oliver was the senior executive editor for the Baylor Law Review. He was on the National Security Law Moot Court Team and a member of the Baylor Barristers Society. While in college, Oliver interned at the U.K. Parliament and participated in the George H. W. Bush China-US relations conference. He was also a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress from 2010 to 2011.

Publications

  • Co-author with Brandt Leibe and Grant Nichols, "Coming and Going: How Texas Companies Can Guard Against the Ongoing Risk of False Claims Act Enforcement Actions During COVID-19 Crisis," Texas Lawyer, July 6, 2020
  • Co-author with Carol Wood, Tracie Renfroe, Nate Bilhartz, and Ashley Parrish, "Do Climate Change Nuisance Suits Belong in Federal Court?" Law 360, June 16, 2020
  • "What's Wrong with America's Future? Perhaps It's Us." Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Weekly News Roundup, Feb 14, 2020
  • Co-author with Lana K. Varney, "Protecting Protective Orders: Defending Your Client's Confidential Documents in the Big Data Age," DRI's In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2018
  • Co-author with Holly Kipp, "Deliver Us From Evil Error: Recent Victories and Successful Strategies for New Life in the Daubert World," presented at the IADC 2015 Mid-Year Meeting, Marco Island, Florida, February 14-18, 2015
  • "Do Medical Experts Need Peer-Reviewed Support?" Corporate Counsel, January 28, 2015
  • "Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: Post-Contract - Formation Fraud," 66 Baylor Law Review 760, Fall 2014
    • Cited approvingly in Jani-King Franchising, Inc. v. Jani-King (GB) Ltd., 2016 WL 7680527, at *4 (N.D. Tex., 2016)
  • "Free Trade with China: For Better or Worse?" Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, August 2011
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Credentials

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, Dean's List, magna cum laude

B.A. Political Science, Texas A&M University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Credentials

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, Dean's List, magna cum laude

B.A. Political Science, Texas A&M University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas