Scott Thomas is a Principal in Fish & Richardson's Dallas office. Mr. Thomas is a trial lawyer with a broad commercial litigation practice focusing on complex business litigation, securities litigation, and shareholder disputes. He has represented public and closely held companies, as well as individuals, in areas such as securities, fiduciary duty, fraud, minority shareholder claims, trade secret, and breach of contract.
For the past several years Mr. Thomas has represented billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban and several of his companies in high stakes litigation. One of the most recent examples is representing Mr. Cuban in a civil insider trading suit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. After a three-week trial in federal court in Dallas, Mr. Cuban was cleared of all claims and any wrong-doing. Mr. Thomas has also represented the Dallas Mavericks, the American Airlines Center and other related entities in several litigation and arbitration matters.
Mr. Thomas represents both plaintiffs and defendants and has obtained favorable results for his clients including a verdict for one of three individual minority shareholders of over $178 million in 2009, which was recognized as one of the nations’ top verdicts according to the National Law Journal.
Mr. Thomas has also represented privately and publicly held companies in securities and contractual disputes. These matters include cases brought by shareholders against officers and directors of a publicly held company for matters such as stock option backdating, insurance disputes, rogue employees and executives, and disputes over contracts related to intellectual property.
Before joining Fish & Richardson, Mr. Thomas served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Joe Fish, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2004-2005). Prior to his legal career, Mr. Thomas worked at the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (1999-2001).