Bonnie J. Thomas
Associate
(304) 933-8165
Office: Bridgeport
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
J.D. Loyola University New Orleans, magna cum laude
M.S. West Virginia University
B.S. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Biography

Bonnie Thomas focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment law and general civil litigation. In her practice, she counsels clients on compliance with federal and state employment laws and advocates on their behalf in disputes arising under them. She is also a member of the firm’s Higher Education Team and the National Labor Relations Team.

Bonnie regularly relies upon both her business and public relations education to understand the business impact of her work on her clients, as well as the impact on human capital. Bonnie works with clients on employment law, human resources management, and organizational behavior to assist in the development of strategic human resources policies and plans.

Work Experience

2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2017 Summer Associate, Kelly, Hart & Pitre, L.L.P.
2017 Summer Associate, Krebs Farley, P.L.L.C.
2016 Legal Clerk, Orleans Public Defenders

Speaking Engagements

"Immigration Basics," The West Virginia Chapter of The Society of Human Resource Managers, Annual Meeting (November 2019)

Is it ‘Workin’ 9 to 5’ … or 8:45 to 5? (November 2019)

Rechecking Recovering Employees (October 2019)

What Your CBD-Prescribed Employees Don’t’ Know Could Hurt Them (on a drug test) (September 2019)

Giving Up Tobacco: A Bonus for Employee and Employers (August 2019)

Impacts of Employing Minor Children in Family Business (July 2019)

Motivation is an Extra Bonus of a Bonus (June 2019)

Seasonal Workers Could Mean Substantial Changes to Benefits (May 2019)

Can Children Ever Be Too Old Under FMLA to Ask for Parents’ Help? (April 2019)

Should an Employee’s Maternity Leave Have its Own ‘Due Date’? (March 2019)

Come Up With a Plan Before Employees Come Down With the Flu (February 2019)

Avoiding Title IX Litigation, WVASA Winter Conference (January 2019)

"Sexual Harassment: What Employers Should be Doing in the Midst of the #MeToo Movement," SHRM Conference 2018

Employment Law Legislative Update, West Virginia Credit Union League Annual Conference 2018

Key Experience

Defended large oil and gas company against allegations of sexual harassment
Represented not-for-profit youth programming facility in wage and hour class action
Represented large publishing and media company in matters involving alleged defamation and libel

Memberships & Awards

Professional
Harrison County Bar Association
Order of the Barristers, 2017-2018
Member, Loyola Law Review
William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar (Graduated Top 10)
Outstanding Law Clinic Student (New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys)
President, Trial Advocacy Board
Member, National Trial Advocacy Team
Children's Rights Clinic, Loyola Law Clinic & Stuart H. Smith Center for Social Justice