Mr. Thomas received his B.A. with distinction (1972) and J.D. (1975) from the University of Virginia. He is a senior partner at Hunton & Williams, LLP, in Richmond, Virginia, where he is chief of the appellate practice group and also handles general litigation, mediation, and arbitration. In 1983, Justice Thomas was appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia. During his seven year tenure, he participated in thousands of appellate decisions involving the full body of Virginia law. Justice Thomas is an AAA Certified Mediator and Arbitrator. He is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, and is a Trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and Vice-Chair of Virginia Capitol Foundation. He lectures at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Justice Thomas is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, Richmond Bar Association, Old Dominion Bar Association, National Bar Association and American Bar Association. Justice Thomas was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2006 and reappointed in 2009.