“Thomas Law” Is How We Practice And What We Practice
At Thomas Law, the interests of our clients always come first. Our experience shows that if we serve our clients well, our own success will continue. That is our golden rule. Just as important: Our reputation is our main asset. We understand that our statements – to clients and adversaries alike – are words that we stand behind and deliver on a daily basis. Integrity is not just a word, it is the basis of our reputation. We treat each other like family and with respect – our relationships with each other extends to our clients.
Meet Our Attorneys
Our managing partner, Attorney Brian Thomas, was born and raised in the Chicago area, having grown up in its western suburbs. In May 2013, he founded Thomas Law to create a culture of client-focused representation and counsel within a family atmosphere.
Brian Thomas is a kidney transplant patient. That life experience is particularly important in his approach to our clients. He understands chronic pain and the frustration that comes with injury. He has lived life “differently” because of kidney-related issues, but does not allow that to limit him. That is the counsel he provides to clients – that the damages suffered in a personal injury context will not forever define them.
Brian is passionate about this holistic approach: to maximize compensation for his clients, while also listening and advising about life after injury. Because no amount of money is worth physical pain, the ultimate goal is to minimize it. Due to his achievement and reputation within the Chicago legal community, in 2011, Brian was named one of Illinois top 40 attorneys under the age of 40. The distinction was awarded after Brian was nominated and selected by his peers in the legal community. The honor is one achieved by less than 1% of all Illinois attorneys.
Prior to joining Thomas Law, Associate Attorney Jake B. Thygesen worked for plaintiff’s firms specializing in personal injury and negligence actions both as an associate and as a clerk.
Jake graduated with honors from The John Marshall Law School in May 2017. During his time there he was a member of the Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Council, as well as a competitor in the American Bar Association Representation in Mediation, and FINRA Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon competitions. Additionally, he worked in the John Marshall Law School Mediation Clinic, serving as a mediator in pro se courtrooms across Cook County.
Jake graduated Indiana University in 2014 with a Major in History as well as Minor in French Language.
Brianna H. Long is an associate attorney at Thomas Law. Born and raised in Minnesota, Brianna moved to Chicago to attend college at Loyola University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 2017. Brianna continued on to earn her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. During her time at DePaul, Brianna served as president of the Women’s Bar Association and as a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law courses.
Meet Our Professional Support Team
Our Director of Operations, Lucy Garcia, was born and raised in a small rural town in Mexico. She is a mother of two beautiful girls and has lived in the city of Chicago since 1995. Lucy came to the United States when she was 18 years old. Like many other people, she came to this country to live the American Dream. Born to a humble family, Lucy learned about hard work, honesty and passion for work.
With almost 13 years of experience in the legal field, Lucy has developed into a person with an aggressive and honest attitude for those people who put food on their table for their loved ones. Lucy loves and cares for her clients as if they were family to her. After working at two personal injury/workers’ compensation firms, Lucy came to Thomas Law in January 2014.
Legal Assistant Lesley Hernandez is from the southwest side of Chicago. She is 20 years old and enrolled at DePaul University as a double major in criminology and political science. Her life’s goal is to go to law school; her goal is to be the first attorney in her family.
She loves working with and helping people and is very happy to be a part of Thomas Law, where she has opportunity to do that daily.
Legal Assistant Natalia Pineda was born and raised in Chicago’s South Side and graduated from Thomas Kelly High School. Spending time with family and friends is something she appreciates. Working at Thomas Law brings her happiness because she faces new challenges with the work and enjoys helping people in need.
Our Law Clerk, Ryanne Braun, grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan. She moved to Chicago six years ago to complete her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Political Science and PR/Advertising. Currently, Ryanne is in her second year of law school at DePaul University College of Law, where she also serves as Treasurer of DePaul’s Women’s Bar Association. She began working at Thomas Law as a law clerk in 2020 and during COVID-19, she is committed to making the legal process safe and as accommodating as possible for Thomas Law clients.