Tyrone Thomas currently represents Canisius College as an intercollegiate athlete and has played professionally in England, France, Portugal and Poland. His extensive knowledge in intercollegiate athletics includes laws and regulations related to name/image/likeness contracts as well as programs; additionally he has provided defense for colleges being investigated under NCAA or professional sports league regulations.
Thomas asserts that his convictions are unconstitutional under both the Supreme Court’s McGirt decision and OCCA’s Hogner rulings; however, he fails to satisfy the procedural requirements necessary for filing a COA on these claims.
Early Life and Education
Thomas learned the value of listening as a child at the dinner table. He observed his mother and grandfather, intently listening before responding; Thomas appreciated their values of understanding each other over competing for dominance in an argument.
Tyrone excelled on both track and football teams during high school, being recognized with county, sectional and regional titles in track as well as helping lead his football squad to a state runner-up finish as a senior.
He has extensive experience working in higher education, from student affairs and enrollment management, diversity and inclusion initiatives, alumni relations, to membership on several boards such as Factory Street Dance Studio, Ohio Valley Summer Theater, Appalachian Development Federal Credit Union and Ohio University Diversity Alumni Advisory Board.
Since graduating law school, Thomas has gained invaluable experience working for various large firms where he specialized in real estate and corporate litigation. He has represented C-suite executives from for profit employers as well as nonprofit institutions like educational institutions and trade associations; additionally he has led investigations involving allegations of workplace misconduct such as violations to NCAA or professional league rules.
Thomas has also gained valuable restoration industry experience working for PuroClean. Since joining their franchise network in 2021, his business has quickly flourished into one of their most successful multi-unit owners.
Tyrone has also dedicated many pro bono hours with the DC Bar Pro Bono Program, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and Ayuda in helping clients resolve landlord/tenant disputes and apply for Social Security Disability benefits. His work with these groups brings great professional satisfaction as it feeds his passion for details.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas was an extremely generous individual who went out of his way to help those in need. He sponsored Orlando Police Department’s Parramore Heritage Christmas Party where children received presents and visited with Santa. Additionally, Thomas sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt each year within his community.
He was an active member of both Rotary and Knoebels Golf Course as both trustee and founding member. Additionally, he founded Northumberland County High School Alumni Association.
He was an extremely proud father and grandfather. He had six children; Gwendolyn V Thomas, Larry McCollough, Bonita Thomas Lacy, Tyrone Thomas Jr, Rondy “Duane” Thomas and Celesta Thomas as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Due to his hard work a street in Ellenville New York was named after him and another one in Quitman Georgia was even dedicated in his name.
Tyrone Thomas was raised in Wilson, North Carolina. As part of his high school athletic experience, Tyrone helped win county, sectional, and regional titles for football and track while receiving All-MIC honors in 4-x-400 relay and 400 dash events. Later serving in the Marine Corps he received several medals including Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Mast Medals and National Defense Service Medals.
He currently practices law at Holland & Knight’s Washington D.C. office as an attorney specializing in matters pertaining to C-suite executives across for-profit and nonprofit employers, such as educational institutions, trade associations and sports leagues. He has spearheaded multiple high-profile investigations involving workplace misconduct allegations as well as fiscal impropriety allegations as well as violations of NCAA and professional league rules. Rachell Thomas is married and has three daughters (Xernona Thomas, Tyrian Thomas) while having two grandsons: Malik and Lelonnie.
Since his 1998 departure from Home Improvement, Thomas has not been seen much publicly; however, in recent years he has appeared on some episodes of Last Man Standing with Tim Allen and directed three episodes himself. Additionally, Thomas has taken up legal practice, specializing in executive compensation and employment law at Holland & Knight.
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