Education

  • Ohio State University, B.A. criminology (1986) summa cum laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1989) cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Jeane A. Thomas, Partner Washington, D.C.
jthomas@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2877
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

Jeane A. Thomas is co-chair of the firm's E-Discovery & Information Management Group and a partner in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group.

In her role with the E-Discovery practice, Ms. Thomas has managed many types of E-Discovery matters in both government investigations and civil litigation. She regularly counsels clients on Information Governance, including the development and application of effective information management policies, legal hold practices, and E-Discovery response plans. Ms. Thomas is a participating member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production and Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure. She is also a member of the Advisory Board and Faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Institute for E-Discovery. She regularly speaks and writes on U.S. and transnational E-Discovery issues, and is a certified Information Privacy Professional, with a focus on European regulation (CIPP/E).

Ms. Thomas is engaged in all types of antitrust representations, including mergers and joint ventures, class and other civil litigation, and civil and criminal government investigations. She also counsels clients on a broad range of antitrust issues, including intellectual property and licensing issues, trade association law, the Hart Scott Rodino Act, and pricing and distribution issues. She has focused extensively on the agricultural, telecommunications, technology, chemicals and healthcare/pharmaceuticals industries.

Currently, Ms. Thomas is involved in counseling clients on a broad range of merger control and joint venture issues. These representations include major transactions in the agricultural, biotechnology, telecommunications and chemicals, industries. She recently advised DuPont in the proposed acquisition of Pannar Seed by Pioneer in South Africa, which was ultimately approved by South Africa's Competition Appeal Court and the Supreme Court of South Africa.She played a principal role in Cingular Wireless' acquisition of AT&T Wireless, SBC's acquisition of AT&T, and AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth.

Throughout her career, Ms. Thomas has always maintained an active docket of pro bono representations. In the past, she has litigated post-conviction death penalty cases in Texas and Virginia in state and federal courts, and she currently represents individuals in post-conviction proceedings in Mississippi and Florida.

Ms. Thomas has been recognized by clients and peers as a top lawyer in Chambers USA in Antitrust, and in Chambers USA and Chambers Global in E-Discovery.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland



Speeches & Presentations

  • "Downloading the Future: Media Mergers and Content Distribution," ABA - 63rd Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, Washington, DC (April 17, 2015). Presenter: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "e-Discovery: Update on Trends and Developments Under the Federal Rules and Beyond," ALI Seminar, New York (December 2, 2014). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Where Is the Law Taking Us with Technology-Assisted Review?" 11th Annual Georgetown Law Advanced eDiscovery Institute, McLean, VA (November 20, 2014). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • 6th Annual Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-border Discovery and Data Protection Laws, London (July 23-24, 2014). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Litigation Forecast 2014: Emerging Technologies and the Law," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 24, 2014). Moderator: David D. Cross; Panelists: Christopher Calsyn, Justin P. Murphy, and Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "The Sedona Conference and ARMA Executive Conference on Information Governance," Amelia Island, FL (April 14-15, 2014). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Government Investigations 2014: The Expanding Role of Electronic Information in Investigation and Response," PLI Seminar, New York (March 24, 2014). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Discovery Issues in Federal Agency Litigation: Navigating Privileges, Work Product, FOIA and More," Strafford Webinar (January 14, 2014). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Reducing Litigation Risk and Expense through Effective E-Discovery Solutions," 25th Annual All Hands Meeting 2013 (December 5, 2013). Presenters: David D. Cross, Beatrice B. Nguyen, and Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-Discovery: Will Technology Replace Lawyers, Threaten Fairness? The Impact of Cutting Edge Document Review in the Age of Predictive Analytics," National Press Club Newsmakers Program, Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2013). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "An Open Discussion with Howard Shelanski," Crowell & Moring/Bates White Spring Meeting Lunch, Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2013). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "2012 e-Discovery Wrap-Up: What Happened in 2012 and What Do We Expect in 2013?" Bloomberg BNA Webinar (January 15, 2013). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Technology Assisted Review: A Year in Review & 2013 Perspectives," Epiq Systems Conference, Washington D.C. (December 19, 2012). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-Discovery Case Law Review: 3 Ps for 2013," Exterro Webcast (December 12, 2012). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-Discovery Issues in Investigations Before Federal Agencies," Georgetown Law Advanced e-Discovery Institute, Tysons Corner, VA (December 6, 2012). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Federal Trade Commission E-Discovery Workshop," Washington, D.C. (September 27, 2012). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Federal Judicial Center E-Discovery Seminar for Federal Judges," Baltimore, MD (September 21-23, 2012). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas and Justin P. Murphy.
  • "E-Discovery Quarterly Update," ALI Webinar (July 18, 2012). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Overpreservation in Response to the Duty to Preserve: Fact or Fiction or Both?" Bloomberg BNA Webinar (June 26, 2012). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Quantitative Methods in Practice: Before Agencies and courts," Bates White Antitrust Conference, Washington, D.C. (June 7, 2012). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Cost Effective Approaches to Dealing with ESI," American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 2012 Spring Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (April 13, 2012). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "ESI in the Courts: What Happened in 2011 and Possible Changes in 2012 and Beyond," ALI-ABA Webinar (February 16, 2012). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Future of the Rules/New Developments," Advanced eDiscovery Institute, Georgetown Law CLE, Washington, D.C. (November 18, 2011). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-discovery in Transition: New Trends and FRCP Amendments on the Horizon," ALI-ABA Webinar (October 25, 2011). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • Federal Judicial Center E-Discovery Seminar for Federal Judges, Charleston, SC (June 29-July 1, 2011). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "The ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of Electronic Information in Government Investigations," BNA Webinar (June 16, 2011). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century," The Fifth Annual National Institute on E-Discovery: Practical Solutions for Dealing with ESI, ABA Section of Litigation and Center for CLE, Washington, D.C. (May 19, 2011). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "The Electronic Age: How Courts are Dealing with Major Issues – ESI Quarterly," ALI-ABA Webinar (April 13, 2011). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Managing Electronic Information: Legal Risks Involving the U.S., EC, Hackers and Leakers," IBJ-IJE Seminar, Brussels, Belgium (February 8, 2011). Co-Presenters: Flip Petillion, Thomas De Meese and Jeane Thomas.
  • "The E-Discovery Reality Show: Surviving the Meet and Confer," LegalTech, New York, NY (January 31, 2011). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Electronic Data in Litigation: Trends and Developments – ESI Quarterly," ALI-ABA Webinar (January 12, 2011). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Georgetown Law CLE, Washington, D.C. (November 18-19, 2010); Planning Co-Chair: Jeane A. Thomas; "2010: A Sanctions Odyssey" (November 19, 2010). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • Federal Election Commission Seminar on E-Discovery, Washington, D.C. (November 9, 2010). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "The Slippery Slope from Preservation to Sanctions: A Review of 2010’s Major E-Discovery Cases from Pension Committee through Victor Stanley," BNA Webinar (October 13, 2010). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • Federal Judicial Center E-Discovery Seminar for Federal Judges, Washington, D.C. (September 27-29, 2010). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Electronic Data in Litigation: Trends in Discovery and Ethics," ALI-ABA Webinar (May 3, 2010). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Rimkus Consulting Group v. Cammarata and Pension Committee v. Banc of America Securities LLC: Is it a New Day for Preservation and Collection of ESI?" BNA Webinar (March 23, 2010). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Cloud Computing & Web 2.0: Discovery Challenges for Lawyers," ALI-ABA Webinar (February 12, 2010). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Let’s Have A Debate Presentation: The Hottest 'Behind the Scenes' Topics in Search and Retrieval Today," Legal Tech, New York, NY (February 3, 2010). Speaker: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Ethics: Professional Obligations in eDiscovery," ALI-ABA Webinar on e-Evidence and Ethics (November 16, 2009). Speaker: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-Discovery and the Health Care Industry," Georgetown Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Washington, D.C. (November 12-13, 2009). Moderator: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • Sedona Conference on Antitrust Law and Litigation, Sedona, AZ (October 29-30, 2009). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Ethical Issues for Attorneys in E-Discovery," The Masters Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 14, 2009). Speaker: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • Federal Judicial Center E-Discovery Seminar for Federal Judges, Washington, D.C. (September 10-11, 2009). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Putting Litigation Back in E-Discovery," BNA Audioconference (July 21, 2009). Speaker: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Ethics: Professional Obligations in eDiscovery," ALI-ABA Webinar on e-Evidence and Ethics (June 30, 2009). Speaker: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-Discovery And The Preservation Of Electronic Information For Government Contractors," Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar 2009 (OOPS), Washington, D.C. (May 27-28, 2009). Speaker: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E Discovery: What You Should be Doing Right Now," Department of Energy Contractors Association, Las Vegas NV (May 8, 2009). Speaker: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Money Saving Solutions For E-Discovery: Concrete Steps You Should Take Now To Manage Risks & Control Ballooning Costs," Huron Consulting Group Briefing, Washington, D.C. (April 2, 2009). Faculty Member: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • Georgetown Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute Training Academy, Washington, D.C. (February 9-13, 2009). Faculty Member: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Strategic E-Discovery: Taking Steps to Avoid Litigation's Black Hole," The Knowledge Congress Live Webinar (January 28, 2009). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • Georgetown Law Center Fifth Annual Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Washington, D.C. (November 20-21, 2008). Planning Co-Chair: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Critical Aspects of E-Discovery Practice," Georgetown Law Center Fifth Annual Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Washington, D.C. (November 20-21, 2008). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Best Practices for Developing, Communicating and Applying Search Terms," The Masters Conference: View E-Discovery Through the Corporate Veil, Washington, D.C. (October 16-17, 2008). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Case Law Overview," BNA Legal & Business Edge, E-Discovery for the Enterprise, Washington, D.C. (September 19, 2008). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-Discovery in Antitrust Lawsuits and Investigations," Strafford Legal Teleconference (September 4, 2008). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-Discovery: An A to Z Workshop," West Legalworks, Washington, D.C. (July 15-16, 2008). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • DESI II: Second International Workshop on Supporting Search and Sensemaking for Electronically Stored Information in Discovery Proceedings, University College London, U.K. (June 25, 2008). Keynote Address: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • Federal Judicial Center and Georgetown Law E-Discovery Seminar for Federal Judges, Washington D.C. (June 23, 2008). Faculty: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-Discovery in Antitrust Lawsuits and FTC/DOJ Investigation: Managing and Producing Electronic Information under the Amended Federal Rules," Strafford Legal Teleconference (February 26, 2008). Co-Presenter: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Electronic Discovery Collection Technology: Commercial and Government Approaches," Advanced E-Discovery Technology Workshop, Georgetown University Law Center CLE (November 14, 2007). Panel Moderator: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Antitrust Update," ABA Corporate Counseling Committee Webinar (October 11, 2007). Presenters: Wm. Randolph Smith, Kent A. Gardiner, Jeane A. Thomas, Robert Lipstein, Christopher E. Ondeck, Bridget E. Calhoun, Daniel A. Sasse, Werner Berg and Thomas De Meese.
  • "E-Discovery in Antitrust Lawsuits and Government Investigations; Electronic Information Management Under the New Federal Rules," Strafford Publications (September 6, 2007). Presenter: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Federal E-Discovery Rules: Tips, Techniques and Pitfalls from the Front Line," Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, Virginia Beach, VA (June 15, 2007). Presenter: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Smart Searching: Applying Advanced Review & Retrieval Models to E-Discovery," Kroll Ontrack Electronic Evidence Thought Leadership Series (June 14, 2007). Panel Presenter: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Developing Effective Strategies to Address the Challenges Associated with Electronic Evidence," International Association of Defense Counsel, Corporate Counsel College, Chicago, IL (April 19, 2007). Panelist: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "E-Discovery and Privacy Issues," International Association of Privacy Professionals, Human Resources and International Working Groups, Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2007). Panel Presenter: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "The Ten Commandments of E-Discovery: Managing ESI and E-Discovery in the New Rules Environment," AT&T Legal Conference, San Antonio, TX (March 1, 2007). Co-Presenters: Jeane A. Thomas and James Michalowicz.
  • "Electronic Discovery Under the New Federal Rules," DuPont Legal Conference, Wilmington, DE (December 14, 2006; January 17, 2007). Presenter: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "How to Manage Large Document Productions," District of Columbia Bar Litigation Section Brown Bag Program, Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2006). Presenter: Jeane A. Thomas.
  • "Evolving Law Firm Staffing Models," Hildebrandt Law Firm Administrator Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 2006). Presenter: Jeane A. Thomas.


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Client Alerts & Newsletters



In the News

  • Messaging Mess: IM, Facebook and Twitter Open New Areas of Discoverable ESI
    February 26, 2009 — InsideCounsel

    Crowell & Moring LLP partner and chair of the firm’s E-Discovery & Information Management Group, Jeane A. Thomas, is featured for her comments on new, discoverable, electronically stored information (ESI) as a result of instant messaging (IM), Facebook , Twitter, and other social networking sites.

  • Claw-Back Conundrum: Updated Discovery Rules Threaten to Reveal Privileged and Confidential Information
    September 30, 2006 — InsideCounsel

    Crowell & Moring E-Discovery Group partner Jeane Thomas participates in a roundtable on the updated changes to the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for e-discovery that offer practical solutions for the growing burdens of discovery in the information age. However, these provisions also create potential risks and costs for companies trying to protect privileged and confidential information. 

  • On The Horn: Firms Prepare for the AT&T-BellSouth Merger
    March 13, 2006 — Legal Times, Inadmissible

    Crowell & Moring is cited as lead antitrust counsel for AT&T in its acquisition of BellSouth Corp. The deal is the third major antitrust matter for which Crowell & Moring has advised the organization. Last year, Crowell & Moring played a similar role for SBC Communications Inc. in its $16 billion acquisition of AT&T Corp, and in 2003 the firm advised SBC/Cingular Wireless in its $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless. 

  • Spotlight on the Discovery Process: Two Firms Find Electronic Discovery Solutions
    July 1, 2005 — Law Office Computing

    Antitrust partner Jeane A. Thomas is featured for her efforts in developing a first-class document review and E-Discovery program for her representation of Cingular Wireless and other client matters.



Firm News & Announcements

Aug.25.2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.19.2015 Crowell & Moring's Wm. Randolph Smith Named American Lawyer's 'Dealmaker of the Week'
Jul.21.2015 Deal Note: Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Advises AT&T on Acquisition of DIRECTV, DOJ Will Not Challenge Acquisition
Jun.02.2015 CBS "48 Hours" Features Crowell & Moring Pro Bono Client Crosley Green
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jan.22.2015 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100"
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.28.2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.05.2014 Crowell & Moring Releases "Data Law Trends & Developments" Report
May.23.2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Apr.08.2014 Crowell & Moring Named Finalist in Global Competition Review's Fourth Annual "GCR Awards"
Mar.13.2014 Chambers Global 2014 Ranks Four Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Two Practice Groups
Sep.03.2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.24.2013 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.14.2013 Chambers Global 2013 Ranks Four Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Three Practice Groups
Sep.04.2012 The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.07.2012 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 18 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.26.2012 Chambers Global 2012 Ranks Six Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Four Practice Groups
Aug.30.2011 The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Recognizes 43 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.10.2011 Chambers USA Ranks Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.21.2011 Chambers Global Ranks Five Crowell & Moring Partners and Three Practice Groups
Aug.03.2010 The Best Lawyers in America 2011 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.11.2010 Chambers USA Ranks 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 14 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
Jun.13.2008 Chambers USA Ranks 33 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
Jun.21.2007 Chambers USA Ranks 28 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas
Oct.27.2005 Crowell & Moring LLP Client SBC Communications Inc. Receives Clearance From U.S. Department of Justice For Merger With AT&T
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