Tyrone P. Thomas

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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Tyrone advises boards, presidents, and other senior executives on terms for employment and consulting agreements. He has prepared numerous deferred compensation plans, performance incentive programs, and separation agreements for health care systems, foundations, trade associations, and universities. In the course of his practice, Tyrone has advised on executive employment arrangements involving over 200 academic institutions.

Tyrone provides compliance advice to boards on governance issues. In this component of his practice, he advises on conflict of interests and compliance with IRS regulations governing intermediate sanctions and Form 990 reporting. He has 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 National Association of College and University Attorneys, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges.

Tyrone’s experience includes complex legal issues in athletics. In intercollegiate athletic matters, his experience includes enforcement investigations, the infractions process, and appeals. Tyrone has conducted comprehensive investigations and successfully negotiated the reduction of various NCAA penalties assessed to universities, athletics personnel, and student-athletes. In professional sports matters, he has advised teams on league compliance issues and other legal matters.

Tyrone advises colleges on Title IX, employment contracts, and policies for athletics personnel. He is nationally recognized for his experience in athletic matters and has served as a legal analyst for the New York Times, ESPNThe Chronicle of Higher EducationSports Business JournalUniversity Business, and the Sports Litigation Alert.

In general employment matters, Tyrone advises companies on reductions in force and allegations of discrimination. For example, he successfully defended a nonprofit organization engaged in food recycling and meal distribution programs on a race discrimination charge before the DC Office of Human Rights; the claim was dismissed. He has advised a state transportation authority on corrective action programs arising from a consent decree on race discrimination charges with the state's Attorney General’s office. He has also conducted litigation avoidance audits specific to prospective discrimination/harassment/retaliation claims for the following companies: a power and energy company, an international trucking company and a provider of cleaning and facility services. 

In addition to his legal practice, Tyrone is Chair of the Mintz Levin Diversity Committee. In this role, he leads the firm’s initiatives promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Professional & Community Involvement

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