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Oliver Peter Thoma represents life sciences, energy, and healthcare companies in mass torts, climate change 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 at both the federal and state levels. He has experience in preparing and defending company executives on key safety, regulatory, and scientific issues for sworn testimony. He has experience in preparing and defending 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 Matthew Blaschke and Rachel Rubens, "The Widening Circuit Split On State Court Climate Claims," Law360, July 11, 2022
  • 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

Federalist Society

Institute for Energy Law - Young Energy Professional

U.S. 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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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

Matters

Representing Janssen Pharmaceuticals as part of the team serving as National Coordinating and Trial Counsel in a litigation alleging that its medication Elmiron causes retinal degeneration.

Representing Motiva Enterprises LLC as National Coordinating Counsel in nationwide climate change litigation brought by state attorneys general.

Representing Afghan refugees seeking asylum after August 2021 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Representing Janssen Pharmaceuticals as part of the team serving as National Coordinating and Trial Counsel in a litigation alleging that its medication Elmiron causes retinal degeneration.

Representing Motiva Enterprises LLC as National Coordinating Counsel in nationwide climate change litigation brought by state attorneys general.

Representing Afghan refugees seeking asylum after August 2021 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Representing energy trading firm as part of the team serving as lead counsel in commercial litigation related to ancillary services charges imposed by ERCOT during 2021 Winter Storm.

Representing oilfield services company in environmental litigation involving groundwater contamination claims.

Represented Coloplast as part of the team serving as National Coordinating and Trial Counsel in nationwide product liability litigation relating to injuries allegedly caused by the company’s female pelvic mesh devices.

Serving as a member of the National Counsel Team representing three pharmaceutical companies involved in nationwide mass tort litigation regarding their jointly-marketed osteoporosis medication and allegations that it causes osteonecrosis of the jaw and atypical femur fractures.

Served as a member of the National Counsel Team representing a global pharmaceutical drug company regarding its anti-epilepsy medication and allegations it causes SJS/TENs.

Served as a member of the National Counsel Team representing a global pharmaceutical drug company relating to injuries allegedly causes by its atrial fibrillation medication.

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Matters

Representing Janssen Pharmaceuticals as part of the team serving as National Coordinating and Trial Counsel in a litigation alleging that its medication Elmiron causes retinal degeneration.

Representing Motiva Enterprises LLC as National Coordinating Counsel in nationwide climate change litigation brought by state attorneys general.

Representing Afghan refugees seeking asylum after August 2021 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

See more
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Matters

Representing Janssen Pharmaceuticals as part of the team serving as National Coordinating and Trial Counsel in a litigation alleging that its medication Elmiron causes retinal degeneration.

Representing Motiva Enterprises LLC as National Coordinating Counsel in nationwide climate change litigation brought by state attorneys general.

Representing Afghan refugees seeking asylum after August 2021 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Representing energy trading firm as part of the team serving as lead counsel in commercial litigation related to ancillary services charges imposed by ERCOT during 2021 Winter Storm.

Representing oilfield services company in environmental litigation involving groundwater contamination claims.

Represented Coloplast as part of the team serving as National Coordinating and Trial Counsel in nationwide product liability litigation relating to injuries allegedly caused by the company’s female pelvic mesh devices.

Serving as a member of the National Counsel Team representing three pharmaceutical companies involved in nationwide mass tort litigation regarding their jointly-marketed osteoporosis medication and allegations that it causes osteonecrosis of the jaw and atypical femur fractures.

Served as a member of the National Counsel Team representing a global pharmaceutical drug company regarding its anti-epilepsy medication and allegations it causes SJS/TENs.

Served as a member of the National Counsel Team representing a global pharmaceutical drug company relating to injuries allegedly causes by its atrial fibrillation medication.

Insights

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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

Federalist Society

Institute for Energy Law - Young Energy Professional

U.S. 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