Ms. Janeen Thomas to speak at the 2013 CLM Annual Conference
Ms. Janeen Thomas, Managing Partner at The J. Thomas Law Firm, P.C., will be one of the featuredspeakers at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). TheAnnual Conference will be held from April 10 to 12 in San Antonio. Ms. Thomas will be speaking on thetopic Transportation-Are You On the Cutting Edge? Defense and Mitigation Strategies for Large LossTransportation Claims.
Janeen M. Thomas is a litigation attorney concentrating in contract analysis, insurance coveragedisputes, large loss subrogation recovery, and direct defense litigation on behalf of insurers andbusinesses. She has litigated numerous declaratory judgment actions with a focus on propertydamage claims, additional insured coverage issues, and construction related claims.Ms. Thomas is a former Assistant District Attorney for Kings County (Brooklyn) where she conducted
countless bail hearings. While at the District Attorney’s Office,
she was assigned to the SchoolCrimes Bureau where she obtained top count convictions. Thereafter, Ms. Thomas joined a boutiquelitigation firm in lower Manhattan where she defended construction, premises liability and propertydamage claims. While associ
ated there, she established the firm’s Fraud Investigation and
Prosecution Unit, which successfully obtained declarations of no coverage for fraudulent insuranceclaims. After gaining claims handling experience at AIG Domestic Claims, Inc., Ms. Thomas joinedan international defense firm as an insurance coverage and litigation associate where she worked inan advisory capacity to insurers and businesses while litigating coverage issues under variousinsurance policies.Ms. Thomas has a record of favorable negotiated settlements and summary judgment wins.Representative matters include Spencer v. Broadway Plaza, Inc. (Supreme Court, Kings County)where she obtained dismissal of a third-party action against an insurer where the party seekingadditional insured coverage claimed it was a third-party beneficiary under the policy; AmericanMotorists Ins. Co. a/s/o Aquavit, Inc. v. G&G Duct Cleaning & Rustproofing, Inc. et al (SupremeCourt, Queens County) where she defeated a motion to dismiss a third-party complaint against theprior owner of a building, whom she argued was liable for failing to disclose the installation of adefective fire suppression system to the subsequent owner; and Lacava v. Nova Casualty Co. et al(Supreme Court, Suffolk County) where plaint
iffs’ action against a general liability insurer for
payment of an unsatisfied judgment obtained against a general contractor for faulty workmanshipand mold damage was dismissed. Ms. Thomas also prevailed at a Framed Issue Hearing in whichthe court declared that an insurance policy was validly cancelled pursuant to Banking Law Section576, which was later affirmed on appeal. Shia v. McFarlane et al., 46 A.D.3d 320 (1st Dept. 2007).
Ms. Thomas serves on the Executive Board of the National Bar Association’
s Young LawyersDivision. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Business Council Board for the Global Diversity andInclusion Foundation, and is a Primary Member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance(CLM) where she serves on the Diversity Committee. She was instrumental in serving as the liaison
between the CLM and New York City Commissioner of Human Rights for the CLM’s 2011 Annual
Diversity Forum. She is a published author and was recently published in the Winter 2011 edition of the Litigation Management Magazine. Ms. Thomas is a Member of the National African AmericanInsurance Association and served as the Vice President of the New York Chapter. She is also apublished Poet, Member of the Hudson Union Society, Member of the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, and a volunteer mentor to George Washington University law students. A 1998 graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Political Science, Ms. Thomas earned her lawdegree from The George Washington University Law School in 2001. She is admitted to practice inNew York and New Jersey Federal and State courts as well as the Supreme Court of the UnitedStates of America.