Richard I. Thomas

Richard I. Thomas

Of Counsel

Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412.454.5826    Fax: 412.281.0717

Richard I. Thomas is of counsel with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Pittsburgh office. He has a solid track record of excellent results in representing management in traditional labor matters and the full range of employment law, including federal, state and administrative litigation. Mr. Thomas’ practice also includes occupational safety and health law.

With more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Thomas has represented employers as spokesperson in hundreds of single and multi-employer labor negotiations, in more than 1,000 labor and interest arbitrations, and has counseled management in the public and private sectors on day-to-day labor contract administration. As a trial attorney, Mr. Thomas has successfully tried numerous jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts, and before administrative judges of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and other agencies. He has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and has testified in state and federal courts as an expert on labor, employment and corporate transactional matters. Mr. Thomas is well known in the heavy and highway and building construction, steel, metals and related industries and he is Pepper’s representative as a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

Before joining Pepper, Mr. Thomas was executive member and head of the Corporate Litigation and Labor and Employment Groups at Burns, White & Hickton in Pittsburgh. Before that, he was a partner and chairman of the employment law practice at Thorp, Reed & Armstrong in Pittsburgh, where he practiced for 25 years.


  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1972
  • A.B., West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1965

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Practice Areas