Robert E. Thomas, Retired

Mr. Thomas was a co-managing partner of Farrington & Thomas, LLC.  Mr. Thomas retired in December 2018.  He is a graduate of the Loyola School of Law (1989).  Prior to law school, he was a United States Army Transportation Corps Officer serving as a marine/terminal operations officer.  He became a recognized expert in the area of Marine Terminal/Longshoring operations throughout the Department of Defense, serving as an instructor in these areas at the U.S. Army Transportation School, Fort Eustis, Virginia and authoring several articles on port operations in Defense Department journals.  At Loyola Law School, he won the 1987 Moot Court competition, and received an American Jurisprudence award in Contracts.

His practice has been concentrated primarily in the representation of claimants in Longshore and Defense Base Act claims, with an emphasis on occupational disease claims such as hearing loss, asbestosis, silicosis, and grain dust asthma.

Monographs and Publications

Handling Hearing Loss Claims for the Defense, Loyola University School of Law (1999)

§33(g) - Where Do We Stand Now? Third-Party Settlement in the Post-Cowart Era, Longshore Claims Association (1998)

Occupational Diseases Under the United States Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Prime Time CLE Institute (1997)

The Standard of Review of Appeal to the Circuit Courts, Loyola University School of Law (1997)

Controverting the Longshore Act Claim (1996)

Planning for Port Operations, Army Logistician Magazine, Volume 14, No. 5 (September - October 1982)