Tyrone P. Thomas

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Washington, DC


  • Tulane University (JD)
  • Dartmouth College (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Tyrone advises boards, presidents, and other senior executives of colleges and universities on terms for employment and consulting agreements.  He frequently provides counsel regarding best practices for compensation, benefits, and post-employment covenants for executive contracts.  He has prepared numerous deferred compensation plans, performance incentive programs and separation agreements for health care systems, foundations, trade associations and academic institutions.  In the course of his practice, he has advised on executive employment arrangements involving over 100 academic institutions.

Tyrone provides compliance advice to boards on governance issues. In this component of his practice, he advises on conflict of interest policies and compliance with IRS regulations governing intermediate sanctions and Form 990 reporting.  He has also counseled on the development and implementation of affirmative action plans and related matters with OFCCP.  He is a frequent speaker for various associations in higher education on the issue of executive compensation, including the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges.

As a result of his specialized legal training in intercollegiate and amateur athletics, Tyrone advises on various aspects of NCAA compliance, including enforcement investigations, the infractions process, and appeals.  He has conducted independent investigations to self-report infractions and defend the basis of corrective actions of member institutions.  Tyrone has successfully negotiated the reduction of various NCAA penalties assessed to universities, athletics personnel, and student-athletes.

In addition to his expertise with NCAA bylaws and procedures, he has advised on Title IX, employment contracts and policies for athletics personnel, and privacy issues related to student-athlete records.  He is a nationally recognized expert on NCAA compliance and has served as a legal analyst for the New York Times, ESPN, Sports Business Journal and University Business.

Tyrone advises on general employment matters, including EEO compliance. He has conducted workplace investigations and litigation threat assessments for several Fortune 500 companies. His work includes the development of comprehensive diversity action plans that incorporate nationally recognized best practices for recruiting, retaining, and evaluating personnel.

Tyrone is a member of the bars of New York and the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Section on Taxation, the National Bar Association, and the Sports Lawyers Association. His academic background includes an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School, with a Certificate in Sports Law.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Member, Sports Lawyers Association