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Hon. Linda Thomas


Chief Justice Linda B. Thomas (Ret.) joined JAMS after serving 31 years as a trial and appellate judge. During her judicial career, Chief Justice Thomas participated in resolving disputes in virtually every area of law. She enjoys a deserved reputation as a well-prepared, knowledgeable, and impartial jurist who has a deep understanding of the law and the diverse dynamics inherent in litigation. Clients laud Chief Justice Thomas’ dedication to getting the job done in a professional manner, as well as her exceptional interpersonal skills and keen sense of humor. 


Since becoming a neutral, Chief Justice Thomas has devoted her time, energy, and resources to training, studying, and developing skills and best practices in mediation and arbitration. As a result of her experience practicing law, serving in the judiciary, and her years as an adjunct law school professor, Chief Justice Thomas has the knowledge and skills to resolve simple to complex disputes in a calm, straightforward, and deliberate manner.


Background and Education

  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, 2011
  • Advanced Family Mediation Training, 20-hour course, American Bar Association, 2011
  • Family Mediation Training, 40-hour course, American Bar Association, 2009
  • Basic Mediator Training, 21-hour course, American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Inc., 1995
  • Chief Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeals, Dallas, Texas, 1995-2009
  • Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeals, Dallas, Texas, 1987-1994
  • Judge, 256th District Court, Dallas County, Texas, 1979-1986
  • Partner, Martin, Harrison and Withers, 1977-1979
  • Sole Practitioner, 1975-1977
  • Attorney, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 1974-1975
  • Associate Director, SMU Legal Clinic, 1973-1974
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, 1973
  • B.A., University of Texas at Arlington, 1970