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Meet Thomas.

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Thomas McGonigle

Thomas served as Chief of Staff to Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell, Chief Legal Counsel to then-Governor Thomas R. Carper, and Deputy Attorney General to then-Attorney General Charles M. Oberly. From 2009 to 2012, he was Governor Markell’s most senior advisor and was responsible for management of the Administration, including day-to-day oversight of the senior staff and cabinet. Thomas led an effort to reform the state government pension and health benefits system to save taxpayers millions. He played an important role in managing and directing the Administration’s focused efforts on job creation, improving Delaware schools and making state government more efficient.

Before first entering private practice in 2000, Thomas served as Chief Legal Counsel and Policy Director to former Delaware Governor (and now U.S. Senator) Thomas R. Carper from 1995 to 2000. In that role, he supervised all legal operations for the Governor's office, and as policy director, he developed the Governor's policy and legislative agenda and implemented the legislative strategy. Thomas also is a former Deputy Attorney General, in which capacity he primarily handled securities and consumer fraud cases. Prior to serving as a Deputy Attorney General, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard R. Cooch, Resident Judge for the Superior Court of the State of Delaware.

Thomas is a partner in Drinker Biddle’s Litigation Group and the Regional Partner in Charge of the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware, office. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation and administrative law. Thomas has conducted state appointed investigations in high-profile matters and has been appointed to various boards and commissions, including the Delaware Stadium Corporation, Delaware Emergency Medical Services Oversight Council, Criminal Justice Council, Sentencing Accountability Commission and the Prison Construction Oversight Task Force.. Most recently, Thomas was appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the inaugural Judicial Strategies Committee for the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware effective July 1, 2015, where he will be charged with developing and implementing a long-term strategic planning approach for the Delaware Courts that will facilitate the identification of legislative and other issues, and the development of policy-oriented and legislative solutions. Additionally, he is a Judicial Member of the Executive Committee for the Delaware State Bar Association. In each phase of his career, he has brought a strategic approach to managing and solving complex issues, with an ability to achieve results by combining strong legal skills with a solid understanding of government, media and politics.