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In addition to his role as a founding partner in the Thomas & Means Law Firm, Bob Thomas is Senior Attorney in the Office of the Mecklenburg County Attorney in Charlotte and responsible for a wide range of legal advice and services to the County Manager’s Office and County Departments. From 1999 to 2006, as Sheriff’s Attorney for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, he was responsible for legal advice, litigation management, and training, while functioning as a member of the Sheriff’s Executive Staff. From 1982 to 1991, as Senior Police Attorney for the Charlotte Police Department, he was directly involved in risk management, provision of legal advice, litigation management and defense, criminal prosecution preparedness, personnel management, training management, and policy making. He also served there as Staff Attorney from 1976 to 1982, as Police Attorney for City of Fayetteville (NC) Police Department in 1975 and 1976 and as Legal Advisor to a regional law enforcement consortium during 1974 and 1975.

Now author, consultant, teacher, and advisor to law enforcement officials, agencies, and organizations nationwide and a regular expert witness in litigation involving police, he was Co-founder of the Southeastern Center for Police Law and Liability Management, the Police Law Journal, and the Police Administrators Journal. Licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in North Carolina and a Member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and his undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the same university.

He has been a featured presenter on the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN), at the annual retraining conference of the FBI National Academy Associates in 2001, at each annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police from 1980 to 1988, at the 1985 Mid-year Conference of the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers (the national organization of city attorneys), at the 1996 and 1999 Annual Conferences of IADLEST (International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training), on the program at the first National Law Institute in 1984, sponsored by the FBI and attended by lawyers representing law enforcement agencies at all levels of government throughout the United States, and on the annual conference program for the Legal Officers’ Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (the national association of police attorneys) in 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 2005, and 2006.

Appointed by N.C. Governor James B. Hunt in 1983 to serve as a member of the Law Enforcement Committee of the Governor’s Crime Commission (only police attorney to ever serve on that committee), he was formerly legal counsel to ASLET (the American Society for Law Enforcement Training), Past Chairman of the Legal Officers’ Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Past President of the North Carolina Association of Police Attorneys, Past Legal Counsel to the North Carolina Police Executives Association, and Coordinator (1977 to 1984) of the IACP/FBI/LOS Short Course for Police Legal Advisors. The Short Course was an approved program of continuing legal education for police lawyers nationwide.

He was featured and interviewed on the television program PM Magazine, in a segment for nationwide broadcast, on success, stress, and physical fitness, entitled “Charlotte’s Spartans” and his work has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal.

A partial list of his current or past clients and customers includes: North Carolina State University (The Administrative Officers’ Management Program); Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute (now Institute for Law Enforcement Administration); Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville (Administrative Officers Program); Institute of Police Technology and Management, University of North Florida; North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; North Carolina Highway Patrol; Florida League of Cities; Tennessee Municipal League; Norfolk Southern Railroad Police Department; PRIMA; RIMS; Washington County, UT, Sheriff’s Department; City of Denver, CO, Police; City of Oak Ridge, TN, Police; City of New Haven, CT, Police; San Bernadino County, CA, Sheriff’s Department; Nye County, NV, Sheriff’s Department; St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Law Enforcement Division; United States Marshals Service; City of Dallas, TX, Police; City of Virginia Beach, VA, Police; City of Fort Worth, TX , Police; City of Shreveport, LA, Police; Sam Houston State University; City of Fort Collins, CO, Police; City of Saint Paul, MN, Police; Cobb County, GA, Police; City of St. Louis, MO, Police; Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation; United States Fish and Wildlife Service; North Carolina State University Police Department; City of Fairbanks, Alaska; Johnson County, Kansas, Community College; Duke Power Company; Jefferson County Commanders Association, Colorado; Camden County, NJ, Sheriff’s Department; Maine Criminal Justice Academy; Crater Criminal Justice Academy, VA; Illinois State Police; Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA);Institute for Liability Management; Markel Services, Inc.; Georgia Police Academy; Labor Relations Information System, Inc.; United States Attorney’s Office-Nebraska; Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; Mid America Regional Council; Maryland State Police; City of Spokane, WA, Police; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Public Safety Department.

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