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USD to honor Gibson Dunn partner with alumni award

Jeffrey T. Thomas, a partner in the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, will be honored by the University of San Diego on April 26.

Thomas, who graduated magna cum laude from USD’s School of Law in 1982, will receive the Author E. Hughes Award for Career Achievement.

As co-chair of Gibson Dunn's litigation practice group and a member of the firm's intellectual property and antitrust practice groups, Thomas has successfully litigated many significant intellectual property and complex business cases.

He recently served as lead trial counsel for Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) in a successful case against Oracle (NYSE: ORCL).

Thomas was recently named one of the top 50 lawyers in Orange County by Los Angeles Magazine and has been selected by the southern California legal community for the 2009-13 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

He was named one of the Daily Journal’s 75 leading IP litigators by the Daily Journal in 2010.

“Jeffrey Thomas has risen to the top in the demanding and challenging world of intellectual property and antitrust law and has done so with exemplary skill, dedication and integrity,” said USD School of Law Dean Stephen Ferruolo. “He represents the significant and critical role that our graduates are playing in the legal and business world today and we are very proud to honor him.”

Thomas currently serves on the USD Law School’s board of visitors and was president of USD’s Law Alumni Board from 2007 to 2008.

The 19th Annual Alumni Honors celebration on April 26 will recognize 10 outstanding University of San Diego alumni for career achievement, contributions to humanitarian causes, extraordinary athletic success and exemplary service to USD.

The cocktail-attire event begins at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony in the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at sandiego.edu/alumnihonors or by calling 619-260-7889.

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