David W. Thomas focuses his practice on issues of business/commercial law, handling everything from complex commercial litigation and employment counseling to corporate governance and transactions. On the litigation side, David has experience in business, real estate, construction, landlord-tenant and professional litigation, and routinely handles cases with significant electronic discovery. On the corporate side, David acts as outside general counsel for a number of medium-to-large companies, and handles both transactional matters and employment law counseling. David has been selected as a Virginia Rising Star each year since 2013 by Super Lawyers, has taught Trial Advocacy at UVa Law since 2009, and is the current editor of LexisNexis’s Virginia Forms, Volume 3A on the Uniform Commercial Code.
Prior to joining MichieHamlett in 2008, David clerked in federal district court and practiced antitrust and securities litigation for a national technology-focused law firm and for a national mass tort and products liability litigation boutique. A native of Virginia, David attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, VA) before Swarthmore College (Philadelphia, PA), where he played varsity football and baseball, club rugby, and was a member of the mock trial and debate teams. After graduating magna cum laude in Political Science and Economics, David attended the University of Virginia School of Law, serving as the chancellor of the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition.
David is active in the Charlottesville community, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House. David is a past president of the UVaClub of Charlottesville, is a member of the Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association (Class of 2010), and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Albemarle County Service Authority. Within the legal community, David is the Secretary of the 7th District Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar, a member of the Bench-Bar Committee of the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association, and is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Thomas Jefferson American Inn of Court.
David resides in Charlottesville with his wife and four and two year old daughters.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial and Business Litigation
- Business Law and Counseling
- Real Estate Litigation
- Construction Litigation
- Employment Law & Counseling
- Securities Arbitration
- Virginia State Bar, 7th District Disciplinary Committee
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Business Litigation Section member
- Virginia Bar Association
- Federalist Society
- Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer, 2010
- Thomas Jefferson American Inn of Court
- Society for Human Resource Management
Honors & Recognitions
- Super Lawyers, Virginia Rising Star, 2013 – 2014