As Chad Thomas was nearing the end of his undergraduate career at the University of Iowa, he took a risk.
“I had a French degree and was trying to figure out what to do next,” he said. “I had thought about law before, and pretty much just decided to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). I decided if I did well, I’d give that a try. I did well, and decided to give it a try.”
Not an immediate fan of law school at the University of Iowa, halfway through, Thomas had the opportunity to intern at Student Legal Services.
“I found that I enjoyed actually working with clients and the practice of law much more than I enjoyed law school, so that kind of reaffirmed I wanted to finish out and do that,” he said.
After graduating from law school, Thomas worked at Bordwell Law Office in Washington. Two years later, the Student Legal Services position opened up at the University of Iowa, and Thomas applied for and was hired. After working at the University of Iowa for five years, Thomas started his own law office in Iowa City in 2003.
By 2005, Thomas had enough clients in West Liberty, that he opened an additional office — deemed Thomas Law Office — here.
“It was just the convenience of having an office here for doing work at evening hours and weekends, so I opened up here,” he said.
During half of 2007 and all of 2008, Thomas also worked for Moyer Bergman, but his work for the firm was conditioned on being able to keep his West Liberty office open. In 2008, Moyer Bergman merged with Simmons Perrine, and Thomas was back to being himself, only this time without an Iowa City office.
“When I left Moyer Bergman in January 2009, I kind of had a debate about keeping both the Iowa City and West Liberty offices open, and I decided to just do the West Liberty office,” Thomas said. “I’m pretty happy with my decision. It’s nice being around town all the time.”
As Thomas Law Office, which is located at 127 E. Third St., is a general practice, Thomas enjoys the varied subjects he gets to learn about on a day-to-day basis.
“If I have a client that’s trying to put together a business deal involving real estate transactions, I need to learn something about what their business is to properly advise them,” he said. “There’s always lots of new things to learn.”
Drawing clients from West Liberty, Iowa City, Atalissa, Muscatine, Washington, Cedar Rapids and Tipton, Thomas generally tries to maintain regular office hours of 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Friday.
To schedule an appointment, call 627-4989.
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