Our Team

Exceptional Lawyers, Exceptional Outcomes

Thomas Whitelaw litigators are courtroom veterans, possessing deep knowledge of the courts throughout California and the nation, including appellate courts. We have tried highly technical and complicated cases to successful verdicts–time after time. Through our unique collective experiences from various national law firms and within global corporations, our attorneys offer insight from both a legal and business perspective. We embrace the latest technology and fight tirelessly for our client results.

Our real estate and environmental attorneys are highly sought after to provide counsel on complex real estate matters and environmental issues. Each attorney brings a wealth of knowledge in his or her area of specialization–from commercial development to finance, eminent domain, land use, hazardous waste, mitigation and other issues. Our well-trained associates and paralegals also play an important role in Thomas Whitelaw. From research to document filing to brief writing, they contribute to our teams and stay focused on client goals. These valuable team members help us to remain cost efficient.

attorney Joseph E. Thomas has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property litigation and is the Managing Partner and chair of Thomas Whitelaw & Kolegraff’s Litigation and Trial Practice Group. The firm is a nationally-renowned intellectual property litigation boutique located in Irvine, California. Mr. Thomas received a B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science and Economics from Lehigh University. He received his J.D. graduating magna cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review. He also held a judicial externship with Senior District Judge Terry S. Hatter in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Thomas has successfully tried over 30 cases in his career, and has handled patent and intellectual property litigation throughout the country for clients such as VIZIO, Western Digital, Toshiba, CoreLogic and First American Financial. Mr. Thomas has won several eight-figure jury verdicts. Most recently, in 2014, Mr. Thomas served as lead trial counsel in Pabban Development (“Pabban”) v. Kyphon Sarl (“Kyphon”), et al. in the Central District of California. Pabban sued Kyphon for damages arising from Pabban’s sale to Kyphon of its patent and state-of-the-art Natrix System, a bone cement delivery system used to treat vertebral compression fractures. Following four years of intense litigation and a seven-day trial, the jury agreed with Pabban and concluded that Kyphon owed $15.417 million in damages. In addition, Mr. Thomas successfully defensed Kyphon’s fraud and breach of contract counter-claims against Pabban, two affiliates, and its CEO, seeking $17 million plus punitive damages. Pabban was also awarded over $8.5 million for all of its attorneys’ fees and costs, bringing the total judgment to $23,979,400.