Ken Thomas is an associate in the litigation and corporate restructuring groups at Skadden, Arps,
Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. His practice primarily consists of complex commercial litigations and large corporate restructurings, including representing a debtor in the largest bankruptcy filed in 2016. Mr. Thomas devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono work, including representing clients through the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, volunteering at the international terminal of O’Hare Airport after the implementation of the travel ban, and serving as the Secretary and Treasurer of the board of directors of Chicago’s Citizens for Change, Inc., an organization providing important services to the families of victims affected by gun violence in Chicago.
Ken is also a member of Lawyers4Choice, an organization dedicated to supporting a woman’s right to choose with a focus on organizing men to be supportive of the women’s choice movement. Recently, Mr. Thomas was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award for his work with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, defending low-income tenants facing eviction due to bad housing conditions or retaliatory landlords.
Mr. Thomas received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School in 2016 where he served as President of the Law Students’ Association, the law school’s student government. Ken spent a considerable amount of time working with his colleagues to draft a proposal advocating for the hiring of a diversity officer. Mr. Thomas was awarded the Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award and is a Tony Patiño Fellow.
Mr. Thomas is a 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, and minors in History and Law in Society. He is a recipient of the Ron Brown Award for the best graduating student in Political Science, the Ally Award, which he received as a result of his work advocating for gender reassignment surgery coverage under the student healthcare plan, and a Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate inductee. Ken was twice elected as the student member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, and was appointed with the official vote by Governor Pat Quinn in 2011. Ken’s advocacy resulted in the board voting to make UIC the 38th college in the nation to provide gender reaffirming surgery coverage under the student healthcare plan.
Ken grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and is a graduate of Oak Forest High School. When he
is not hard at work, Ken enjoys spending time with family, catching a baseball game, or playing golf, most frequently at Jackson Park Golf Course. During the summer, Mr. Thomas volunteers at Camp Quality Illinois, which helps to provide a fun and exciting week to kids who have cancer. Additionally, Mr. Thomas goes back to Oak Forest High School and UIC to talk to students about applying to law school and entering the legal profession.