Emily G. Thomas, J.D.
Associate Birth Injury Attorney at Reiter & Walsh, P.C.
Emily G. Thomas has focused her legal career on aiding clients with special needs and disabilities. Her first interaction between the law and injury occurred while in high school, when her mother became disabled. Prior to college, Emily assisted traumatic brain injured individuals with their financial, healthcare and legal matters. She continued to assist the disabled during law school helping represent clients before administrative law judges in Social Security disability cases. Following graduation from law school and admission to the Michigan Bar, Emily began her career as an attorney at a leading medical malpractice firm investigating birth trauma cases.
Emily is passionate about advocacy. In school, she was a semi-finalist in the Wayne State Law School Moot Court Competition and a member of the American Association for Justice National Mock Trial Team at Wayne State Law, winning trials in competition against other law schools. Over the course of her education, Emily drafted appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
In 2010, she received the Wayne Law Bacow Scholarship for high ethical and professional standards. In 2012, Emily published an article with a leading medical malpractice attorney on the economic contribution of medical malpractice actions to Medicare and Medicaid. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, she co-authored articles on birth trauma and medical malpractice litigation for the American Association for Justice’s Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter. Emily has been listed by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” from 2014-2017.
Emily actively participates in several bar associations, including the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association, where she is Chair of the Medical Legal Committee and an Associate of the Inn of Court. Emily is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Birth Trauma Litigation Group, and the Michigan Association for Justice, where she is Chair of the New Lawyers Committee.
Based on personal experiences and those of her clients, Emily believes that the judicial system often seems complex and intimidating to people with special needs and disabilities. Her goal is to help clients with special needs understand their rights and their case.
- Wayne State University Law School, Juris Doctor
- Michigan State University James Madison College, Bachelors of Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy with Science, Technology, and Environmental Public Policy Specialization
- State Bar of Michigan, 2012-present
- United States Supreme Court, 2017
- Michigan Association for Justice, 2013-present; Chair of the New Lawyers Division, 2014-present.
- American Association for Justice, 2012-present
- BTLG Professional Negligence Section – member, 2013-present; Executive Board Member 2015-present
- Women Trial Lawyer’s Caucus – member, 2013-present
- Newsletter Editor, Professional Negligence Section: 2015-Present
- Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 2013-present
- Oakland County Bar Association, 2009-present; Vice-Chair of the Medical Legal Committee, 2014-present; Associate, Inn of the Court, 2013-2015.
- Women Lawyer’s Association of Michigan, 2009-present
- Women’s Bar Association, 2009-present
Awards and Honors
- Featured in the “Best Lawyers In America,” U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers” for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs: 2018
- Selected for “Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice” by The American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell™: 2017
- Distinguished in Michigan Lawyers Weekly‘s “Up & Coming” Lawyers: 2015
- Selected for “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine: 2014 – Present
- Selected as an “MAJ Pacesetter” by the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ): 2014
- Selected as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly: 2015
- 2016 Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award Finalist: 2016
- “Million Dollar Verdicts and Settlements” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Lectures and Seminars
- Organizer: Emily Thomas co-organized an Oakland County Bar Association seminar examining the impact of opioid and heroin abuse in Michigan. May 4, 2017.
- Speaker: “Millennials in Medical Malpractice: Learning the Ropes” – Michigan Association for Justice Annual Medical Malpractice Seminar, Dec. 2, 2016.
- Moderator: “Advanced Depositions Strategies and Practice” – Michigan Association for Justice, October 23, 2015.
- Speaker: “So You Didn’t Land a Position through Fall OCI, Now What?” – Wayne State University Law School Career Services, October 11, 2012.
- Author: “Dep Prep: Advice for New Lawyers: On-the-Job Training,” the American Association for Justice Trial Magazine. August, 2017
- Co-Author (with Jesse Reiter), “Using MRI to Evaluate Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) in Term Infants” American American Association for Justice (AAJ) Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) Newsletter. July, 2017
- Author, “Dep Prep: Advice for New Lawyers,” Trial Magazine, August 2017.
- Co-Author (with Jesse M. Reiter), “Management of Category II Fetal Heart Tracings: Timing Delivery to Avoid HIE,” American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, February 2017.
- Co-Author (with Jesse M. Reiter), “Averting Pre-Term Birth: The Right Care Gives the Best Results,” American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, July 2016.
- Co-Author (with Jesse M. Reiter), “ACOG Replaced the Friedman Curve with Unproven Guidelines: Is Lowering the Caesarean Rate Worth the Rise in Birth Trauma?,” American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, Feb. 2016.
- Co-Author (with Jesse M. Reiter), “HIE and the Myth of Pre-Existing Injury,” American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, July 2015.
- Co-Author (with Jesse M. Reiter), “How ACOG Broadened the Definition of HIE: A Comparison of the NEACP and NEANO,” American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, July 2014.
- Co-Author, “The Hidden Dangers of Overventilation,” published in the Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter for February, 2014.
- Co-Author (with Brian J. McKeen), “The Sole Check on Harm: How Medical Malpractice Actions Contribute to the Health Care Economy & Improve Patient Quality of Care,” Lawyers As Economic Drivers – The Business Case for Legal Services, March 13, 2012.
- Author, “Why Join A Bar Association,” Wayne Law Dicta, January 2011.
- Detroit Marathon for Make-a-Wish Foundation
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Interview | Emily Thomas on how Wayne Law prepared her for a career in birth trauma law