Professional Experience

Ms. Thomas is a Partner in our Litigation Group and is Chair of the firm’s Personal Injury Litigation Department. She has been a trial attorney for over 25 years. Her practice is focused in civil litigation including personal injury, medical malpractice, hospital malpractice nursing home negligence, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, construction site accidents, dog bites, commercial and estate litigation. Ms. Thomas is knowledgable in the area of insurance coverage litigation and represents insurance policy holders in coverage dispute litigation against their insurance companies. She has also represented policy holders as “excess counsel” in cases where clients do not have adequate insurance coverage. She is the Chair of our Risk Management Committee and has a detailed understanding of contingency planning issues.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Jacqueline has been on the Board of Trustees for the Aquinas Institute since 1999

  • Founding member and serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Justinian Order of St. John Fisher College in Rochester

  • Member of the New York State Bar Association

  • Member of the Monroe County Bar Association

  • Member of the New York State Trial Lawyers' Association

  • Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America

  • Member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • Member of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York

  • Member of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys

  • Member of the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University (J.D., cum laude, )
  • St. John Fisher College (B.A., )

Admissions

  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Honors

Jacqueline has achieved a “BV Distinguished Attorney” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has received a rating of “Excellent” from AVVO. She has been included in Who’s Who in American Law and Cambridge’s Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women, Honors Edition. She is a member of the Albany Law School Justinian Society and a past recipient of the West Publishing Award. She has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a distinction reserved for attorneys who have achieved verdicts or settlements of at least a million dollars. Jacqueline has also been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as amongst the top 5% of Upstate New York Lawyers. The Super Lawyers list is published by Thompson Reuters and is intended to recognize attorneys who have achieved a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. Jacqueline is also listed in Best Lawyers of America for both Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Law. Best Lawyers is a peer review publication intended to highlight those attorneys who are recognized by their colleagues as outstanding in their practice areas.

Personal

Jacqueline resides in Spencerport, New York, with her family.