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Jeffrey S. Horton Thomas

601 West Fifth Street, Suite 300 Los Angeles, California 90071
Firm: Akerman LLP
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Akerman LLP

Years In Practice

Phone Number (213) 533-5912


Jeffrey is highly regarded as a leader in the defense of Southern California employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, disability accommodation, wage and hour, and PAGA lawsuits and administrative actions. 

His consistent successes have earned Jeffrey his current listings by U.S. News Best Lawyers and SuperLawyers, the prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, nomination for a Los Angeles Business Journal “Leaders in Law” award, and recognition by EPLI carriers for his “expertise in the defense of employment-related matters” and for implementing “strategies for efficiently resolving claims,” among other commendations.

Jeffrey is known for the distinctive forward-leaning, aggressive approach and mature judgment he brings to the defense of the firm’s clients.  Jeffrey’s clients vary from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-market and smaller employers.  Jeffrey represents employers and management in all aspects of California and federal employment law before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Speaking as an advocate for employers, Jeffrey is a regular legal commentator on KABC Talk Radio’s “So, What’s Your Problem?”

Though his clients span industries including technology, retail, professional services, manufacturing, apparel, and others, Jeffrey heads the firm’s Hospitality Industry Practice Group, a dedicated team of the firm’s attorneys who are uniquely experienced in delivering cutting-edge litigation defense and advice and counsel to restaurant, bar, private club and other hospitality employers.

Regularly published on breaking employment law issues in national publications including Restaurant Hospitality, Modern Restaurant Management, Hotel Business, Inside Counsel, Human Resource Executive Online, SHRM – the Society for Human Resource Management and others, Jeffrey is recognized as a thought leader in the defense of hospitality employers.


Jeffrey is active in professional organizations including:

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section – Executive Committee Member and Vice-Chair for 2015-16
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel – Member
  • ProVisors, a California-based association of senior professionals – Executive Committee Member and Host – ProVisors West Hollywood
  • Financial Services Industry Exchange (FSIX), an association of select professionals serving the financial services industry – Member

Jeffrey gives back to the community. Jeffrey actively supports Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), which delivers food, safe housing and education to homeless children and youth in Hollywood, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, long a critical force against bigotry and injustice through education, research and public interest litigation.

A Nebraska Cornhusker by birth, Jeffrey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law.  As a law student, he earned honors including the Am Jur award in administrative law and was selected to serve as student director of the Kansas Defender Project, a nationally-respected legal clinic that provides legal representation to federal and state prison inmates.

Jeffrey has been a member of the State of California Bar since 1987.  He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

What legal services does this lawyer offer?
  • Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an invitation-only association reserved for litigators and trial lawyers who have obtained one or more judgments or settlements of $1 million or more
  • A recipient of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Avvo Clients’ Choice Awards — presented by one of the nation’s leading attorney review and referral services
  • Selected and approved by major EPLI carriers for his “expertise in the defense of employment-related matters” and implementing “strategies for efficiently resolving claims”
  • Recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers in Employment Litigation for 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell from 2013 through 2018, a “significant rating accomplishment” that is “a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of
  • Recognized as one of the Top 100 SuperLawyers in Southern California across all practice areas for 2018.  Designated a 2014 – 2018 SuperLawyer in employment litigation defense, based on peer-review evaluations of his legal skills and effectiven
University of Kansas, J.D.
University of Kansas, BA
Contact Details and Office Locations
601 West Fifth Street, Suite 300
Los Angeles, California 90071
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