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Debra L. Thomas

Attorney & CLE Manager

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As a third-generation lawyer, Debra L. Thomas knew from a young age that she wanted to carry on the family tradition of studying law. She now has over a decade of legal experience in the fields of criminal defense and civil litigation, along with being the continuing legal education (CLE) manager for Romanucci & Blandin.

Debra has played a significant role in securing numerous record-breaking multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients who have been harmed as a result of wrongful conduct. In 2017, she served on the police misconduct trial team which secured a $44.7 million verdict at trial against the City of Chicago in a case where an off-duty police officer shot his friend in the head leaving him paralyzed; this was the largest verdict in Illinois and one of the largest in the country for a police misconduct case. In 2019, Debra helped secure a $21.3 million verdict at trial on behalf of the family of a mother of five young children who was killed in a car accident. She also played an integral role in obtaining a $12.35 million settlement at the beginning of trial on behalf of the family of a young mother of three children in a medical malpractice case; the settlement was the largest recorded in Illinois for a misdiagnosis of breast cancer.

Debra’s unique background as an educator and significant experience in CLE coordination with the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), serves invaluable as the firm prepares for trials, and internally as we continue to develop an in-house CLE program at Romanucci & Blandin.

In addition to serving as an attorney for over 15 years handling criminal defense and civil litigation matters, Debra earned a master’s degree in elementary education from DePaul University.

Debra continues to follow her passions of law and education to help support the city of Chicago.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
      Young Lawyers Division member
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)

Education:

  • M.A. DePaul University, 2010
  • J.D. Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2002
      Bar & Gavel Society Award
  • University of Michigan, 1999

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois

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