Stephen L. Thomas


  • One Jackson Place
    188 E. Capitol Street
    Suite 400
    Jackson, MS 39201
P: 601.592.9912
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P: 601.592.9927
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Stephen L. Thomas



Mike has defended class and mass actions involving a variety of ERISA claims, including claims pleaded as ERISA claims and claims pleaded as state law claims but successfully removed under ERISA. In one pre-CAFA mass action, Mike once simultaneously removed 100 individual fraud actions simultaneously filed in various state courts in Mississippi by a notorious plaintiffs’ firm, ultimately resulting in a global settlement of those and several hundred other individual cases for a nominal per case amount. In another case. Mike Pennington and Chris Christie defended an ERISA plan fiduciary against breach of fiduciary duty charges in an ESOP transaction, ultimately achieving a settlement in which the Firm’s client obtained a release without being required to contribute any out-of-pocket funds to the settlement.