Jeffrey Thomas has over fifteen years of legal, government relations, and public policy making experience related to community and economic development; disaster recovery management; energy and environmental regulation; public-private project financing; and real estate development.
Jeffrey’s experience includes senior government executive roles in crafting budgets, legislation, programs, and regulations; legal practice experience with commercial, environmental, and real estate litigation and regulatory compliance; legislative lobbying and federal agency negotiation experience; and strategic planning counsel related to disaster resilience investment, public-private partnerships, and sustainable venture formation and growth.
Jeffrey leverages this experience to provide both traditional legal services and strategic counsel to public and private sector clients nationwide. Among recent projects, Jeffrey has advised several state and local government clients, including most recently in Kansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, and New York, among other markets, on federal agency negotiations, investment strategies, policy formation, and regulatory compliance for developing community-scale resilience plans related to coastal restoration, flood prone property relocations, food system security, renewable energy sources, and water management. Additionally, on behalf of the City of New Orleans, Jeffrey coordinated a public-private task force to craft infrastructure investment, policy, and governance strategies for improving long-term effectiveness of the city’s water management and flood protection systems.
Jeffrey also provides traditional business transaction and real estate development legal services that help ventures structure innovative public-private financing, partnerships, and development strategies. Using this approach, since 2011, Jeffrey has helped secure and structure public-private financing and community support for over $65 million in commercial blight revitalization projects. Additionally, Jeffrey advises several emerging-growth ventures and impact investors on business structuring, market entry and partnership strategies based on regulatory and investment trends.
Jeffrey counsels public and private sector clients on governmental operational efficiencies, policy formation, and program implementation based on nearly two decades of relevant experience at every level of government. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Jeffrey supervised policy development for the City of New Orleans’ long-term disaster recovery, helping to shape government programs to coordinate the use of over $1 billion in federal funds for hosing, economic development, and infrastructure investments. Prior to that role, Jeffrey’s legal practice and previous advocacy experience centered on analyzing and representing stakeholder interests within state and federal budgeting, legislative, and rule-making processes.
Jeffrey is a 2001 graduate of Tulane Law School with a certificate in energy and environmental law; and a 1994 graduate of Millersville University (PA), with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Secondary Education.
Mr. Vickers represent clients in intellectual property matters and litigation throughout State and Federal courts across the U.S. He has represented global companies as general counsel, and provided the same level of expertise to small businesses and individuals. Before law school, Mr. Vickers worked as an engineer for a large multi-national energy company.
Mr. Vickers’ practice focuses on multiple areas of intellectual property, including patent and trademark applications, related USPTO proceedings, enforcement of intellectual property rights, litigation and consultation. His background as an engineer provides unique insight into the often complicated and highly technical issues in intellectual property matters.
Mr. Vickers also handles a variety of construction and general litigation matters. Mr. Vickers was named a “Rising Star” by the SuperLawyers rating list in 2012 and 2014 through 2017, an honor earned by no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in each state.
Mr. Vickers holds an engineering degree from Auburn University and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School. He served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and as a judicial extern to the Honorable T. Michael Putnam in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, and to the Honorable Pascal F. Calogero, Former Chief Justice of the Louisiana State Supreme Court.
Mark is the founder of the firm. Mark has experience representing public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions, equity and debt securities offerings, venture capital transactions, and corporate governance matters. Mark is also an experienced litigator and has represented individuals in personal injury actions (including workers’ compensation), consumer protection claims and large businesses in multi-national litigation.
Mark is an active member of the Louisiana Economic Development Department’s Working Group on Capital Availability and the founder of the Louisiana Venture and Angel Capital Report, the only statistical analysis of venture and angel capital in the state of Louisiana. Mark is a mentor of the Law Without Walls (http://www.lawwithoutwalls.org/), a member of the Advisory Board of the LSBA’s Justice Entrepreneur’s Program, mentor for the Transactional Boot Camp program at Tulane Law School, and a 2014 Super Lawyer in the field of Corporate/Securities Law.
Following law school, Mark served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mark has worked at one of the nation’s premier securities and corporate law firms in Silicon Valley prior to starting his own firm.