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SUSAN THOMAS


Attorney and Business Owner: Skilled litigator, negotiator and deal-maker who is successful at capturing cost reductions, facilitating smooth-running operations and ensuring the achievement of long-term growth objectives.

Managing Member
Susan Thomas, Attorney at Law, LLC:  August 2013 – Present

  • Litigator: litigate complex commercial disputes from pre-trial negotiations, trials, appellate briefs through post-judgment collections.
  • Business Attorney: perform as clients’ general counsel by drafting contracts, negotiations and handling of complex situations to best protect the interest of the client.  Provide legal counsel to management regarding business risks, litigation and potential liability across the businesses.
  • Business Advisor: advise clients about strategic positioning, business operations, employees and marketing.
Managing Attorney – National Litigation Management, Georgia Evictions and Florida Evictions
Aldridge Connors, LLPMay 2011 – August 2013

  • Management Team Member: strategic leadership team guiding financial and marketing goals of Firm.
  • National Litigation Management: managed litigation and strategy of 2,000+ litigation cases on behalf of banks, servicers, property management firms and private equity firms.  Managed over 125 law firms serving as outside counsel. Ensured “high-risk” files were handled properly to avoid significant judgments and reduce expenses and exposure to clients.  Consistently ranked as the top provider with clients as to quality of service, cost of service and timeliness of service.
  • Georgia Evictions:  automated the eviction process, reducing FTEs and significantly reducing human error. Increased profit margin more than 30%.
  • Florida Evictions:  automated the eviction process, reducing FTEs and significantly reducing human error. Increased profit margin more than 30%. Created a systematic foreclosure file review, identifying and helping to remediate foreclosure practices that were not “best in class.”
  • Information Technology: assisted in the design, build and implementation of a proprietary, web-based software used to manage outside counsel. Drafted and negotiated technology licensing contracts with the law firms using the software platform.
  • Accounting: built a team mindset of “business owners.” Consistently met tight billing deadlines and trained AP and AR on proper handling of vendors and outside-counsel. Collaborated with the CFO to remedy issues found during ongoing auditing of billing, accounts receivable and accounts payable.
Managing Member
Susan Thomas, Attorney at Law, LLC:  November 2008 – May 2011

  • Owner and Manager: Built legal practice, including marketing, operations, hiring and management of attorneys.
  • Software as a Service Contract Specialist and Advisor to Information Technology Company: drafted and negotiated technology contracts with property and casualty insurers, health insurance companies and healthcare providers for information technology company. Advised the company on obligations and liabilities involving GLB and HIPAA. Provided counsel and advice to CEO and CFO when complex issues arose.
  • Litigator: litigate complex commercial disputes from pre-trial negotiations, trials, appellate briefs through post-judgment collections.
  • Business Attorney: perform as clients’ general counsel by drafting contracts, negotiations and handling of complex situations to best protect the interest of the client.  Provide legal counsel to management regarding business risks, litigation and potential liability across the businesses.
Managing Member
HomeBanx LLC:  January 2005 – Present

  • Managing Member: responsible for business model development, property acquisition, project management and disposition of company assets. Sensing the real estate market downturn, disposed of most assets in 2007.
  • General Counsel: represent company in daily business practices, judicial and administrative proceedings.
Litigation Attorney
McCalla Raymer Padrick Cobb Nichols & Clark LLC:  April 2004 – November 2005

  • Managed 100+ complex litigation cases at a time.
  • Achieved favorable resolution of complex, difficult to win cases.
  • Developed systems to increase efficiency in the litigation department.
  • Drafted motions, briefs and orders and appeared at hearings, trials and mediations on behalf of clients.
  • Go-to person for quick case resolution and “out of the box” solutions to difficult cases.
  • ICLE Presenter: “Non-Judicial Foreclosures – Start to Finish.”
Vice President
Absolute Auction, Inc.:  June 2002 – March 2004

  • Managed the acquisition and disposition of properties purchased in foreclosure for the largest foreclosure purchaser in the Metro Atlanta area.
  • Researched and evaluated over 2,500 properties each month with a deeper analysis of 300-400 properties to determine ROI.
  • Managed litigation ranging from simple landlord/tenant matters to complex litigation.
Intern
Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Special Prosecutions Division:  June 2001 – August 2001

  • Participated in high profile trials and investigations.
  • Participated in Cybercrime Taskforce Meetings.
  • Conducted investigation of largest mortgage fraud scheme in Georgia and one of the largest in the country, ultimately resulting in the United States Attorney obtaining a 28 year conviction and restitution of nearly $48 million.
IT Consultant
Keane, Inc.:  May 1998 – July 1999

  • Independently developed proficiency in computer programming to become a consultant for the company.
  • Worked with large customers to alter computer programs and avoid Y2K downtime.
  • Recognized within first few months of employment for exceeding company and customer expectations by receiving company’s Shining Star Award.
Education

  • Emory University Law School:  graduated 2002
    JD with Honors/Top 25%
  • Georgia State University:  graduated 1997
    Political Science/History with 3.97 GPA
  • Academic All-American: tennis, 1996

SOME CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

How do I find the words?

Susan Thomas was a Godsend to me and my son after he lost his father and was left with a commercial property and an impossible task it seemed.I spoke with attorneys but for some reason, I say a holy spirit lead me to her.Never judgemental of my son’s errors, she was fair,dependable,diligent,compassionate,AFFORDABLE and all that I needed in one attorney.Thanks, however delayed, we will never forget how you helped us Susan.Be forever a shining light for someone, and be blessed.

Not your typical lawyer

You will never regret hiring Susan Thomas to represent you. Simply put, she is excellent. I have known Susie for many years – most recently, she represented me in a labor contract dispute.

Susie is very smart and understands people. Because she understands people, is skilled at finding her opponent’s weak point. She is extremely fair, compassionate, hard-working, and persuasive. She looks at problems in new ways. She will always do the right thing, her ethics are above reproach. She will always fight for the underdog. I highly recommend Susan Thomas.

Great, knowledgeable resource for landlords!

Susie has been a wonderful resource for me as a landlord navigating tenant issues. She is generous with her time and is responsive – she answers her phone! I appreciate her good advice and guidance; it’s so important for landlords to follow the letter of the law in dealing with collections and evictions. She also recommended a process server who was faster and less expensive that using the Marshall service. I am thrilled to have found her, and have recommended her to friends with rentals.

Awesome attorney!!! Highly recommend

Susan Thomas is a great attorney who has been very helpful and responsive for our business. She is extremely knowledgeable of tenant/landlord law (needed for our business), and I trust her immensely. I would highly recommend her.

An outstanding legal experience

Susan has effectively and successfully represented my business on a number of occasions. I would not hesitate to call on her for any legal representation with respect to my real estate investment trust. She is outstanding at distilling complicated situations down to their simplest form and squarely focused on targeting a swift solution. She knows how to navigate highly contentious issues and personalities and has an uncanny ability to diffuse them promptly. Susan is incredibly respectful of my time and is extremely proactive. I have had no negative experiences with her representation and I strongly recommend her.