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Tyrone P. Thomas

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Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Tyrone advises boards, presidents, and other senior executives on employment, consulting and separation agreements. In providing compliance assessments on governance issues, he advises on conflict of interests and 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. Tyrone is a frequent speaker for various associations in higher education on presidential compensation and executive searches, 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 represents clients on complex legal issues in athletics. In intercollegiate athletic matters, his experience includes enforcement investigations, the infractions process, and appeals. He advises colleges on Title IX, employment contracts, and policies for athletics personnel. In professional sports matters, he has advised teams on league compliance issues and other legal matters. He is nationally recognized for his experience in sports matters and has served as a legal analyst for the New York Times, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sports Business Journal, University Business, and the Sports Litigation Alert.

In general employment matters, Tyrone advises companies on reductions in force and allegations of discrimination. He successfully defended a nonprofit organization engaged in food recycling and meal distribution programs on a race discrimination charge. He advised a metro transportation authority on corrective action programs arising from a consent decree on discrimination charges. He has conducted litigation avoidance audits relating to prospective discrimination/harassment/retaliation claims for a power 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.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully advised a sports team in arbitration leading to a seven-figure recovery
  • Advised on executive compensation arrangements involving over 200 academic institutions
  • Conducted internal investigations regarding comprehensive allegations of NCAA violations
  • Provided employment advice to the Big Ten Conference
  • Represented universities in preparation of contracts and policies for athletics personnel

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Deputy General Counsel, National Bar Association
  • Member, Sports Lawyers Association