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Oliver Peter Thoma represents life sciences, energy, and healthcare companies in mass tort and complex litigation, commercial litigation, and state attorneys general 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 complex mass tort litigation and state attorneys general litigation in federal and state courts.

Oliver has experience litigating all phases of individual, multidistrict, and mass tort cases, as well as serving as coordinating and strategic counsel in connection with large dockets of cases. He has experience in preparing company executives on key safety, regulatory, and scientific issues for sworn testimony. He has experience in preparing experts and developing scientific and medical defenses in products liability and environmental contamination cases, as well as successful expert challenges to exclude opposing experts. He has experience developing and negotiating cost-effective case resolution strategies for individual and mass tort cases, as well as 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, and he continues to mentor current Presidential Fellows on their research papers.

Publications

  • Co-author with Michael Leslie, Granta Nakayama, and Tracie Renfroe, "EPA’s Draft Strategic Plan Emphasizes Resilience and Adaption to Climate Change," Texas Lawyer, January 13, 2022
  • "SCOTUS Declines to Resolve U.S. Climate Change Litigation, For Now," ABA Environmental & Energy Litigation Newsletter, December 3, 2021
  • "The Future of Climate Change Litigation in the Wake of the US Supreme Court’s Baltimore Ruling,"
    Law 360, June 10, 2021
  • 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

Supreme Court of the United States

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

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

American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network

Supreme Court Historical Society

Selected to join leadership development and public policy program for community leaders


American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network

Selected as 1 of 40 energy professionals from across the United States and Mexico


Institute for Energy Law’s 2021-2022 Leadership Class

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Recognition

Selected to join leadership development and public policy program for community leaders


American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network

Selected as 1 of 40 energy professionals from across the United States and Mexico


Institute for Energy Law’s 2021-2022 Leadership Class

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Article · Source: ABA Environmental & Energy Litigation Newsletter

December 3, 2021
SCOTUS Declines to Resolve U.S. Climate Change Litigation, For Now

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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

Supreme Court of the United States

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

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

American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network

Supreme Court Historical Society

Selected to join leadership development and public policy program for community leaders


American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network

Selected as 1 of 40 energy professionals from across the United States and Mexico


Institute for Energy Law’s 2021-2022 Leadership Class

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Close

Recognition

Selected to join leadership development and public policy program for community leaders


American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network

Selected as 1 of 40 energy professionals from across the United States and Mexico


Institute for Energy Law’s 2021-2022 Leadership Class