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srbeiting@columbus.gov
614-645-7008

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James D. Thomas

Jim has over thirty years of experience as a leader, including service as a United States Magistrate Judge.  Most recently Jim was a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.  Prior to Vorys, Jim was a partner with Squire Sanders where he led the Global Litigation Group.

Jim now works as a leadership consultant.  He regularly speaks and consults on talent and leadership development, including programs for such organizations as the ACC Chapters for New York City, Central and Northeast Ohio, JP Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, Honda of America, Vorys, Women For Economic Leadership Development (“WELD”) and the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute.

Jim also serves as General Counsel to the Honorable Michael J. Rogers (MI), who served in Congress including as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Jim provides counsel and assistance in the Chairman’s post congressional activities.

Jim graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1987, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Adrian College (MI) in 1984 and served as a Board Trustee from 2000 to 2018. 

Jim lives in German Village with his wife Michelle D. Thomas and their puggle – “Roxie.”  On a weekly basis Jim gives of his time as a volunteer at The James Cancer Center – The Ohio State University.