Robert L. Thomas is a native of Haywood County, Tennessee, and graduated from Haywood High School in 1998. Mr. Thomas attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mr. Thomas graduated from Marquette University Law School (Milwaukee) in 2006. While in law school, Mr. Thomas was an associate editor and member of the Marquette Sports Law Review and served as president of the Black Law Students Association.
Following graduation and prior to joining the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Mr. Thomas was in private practice for a number of years in Jackson, Tennessee, with a focus on criminal defense and employment litigation. While in private practice, Mr. Thomas also served as the president of the Ballard-Taylor Bar Association, a member of the Criminal Justice Panel for the Western District of Tennessee, and a Barrister member of the American Inns of Court, Howell E. Jackson Chapter.
Mr. Thomas is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin, the State of Tennessee, before the United States District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.