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Janeen Thomas is a litigation attorney with more than 15 years of experience advising businesses and insurers. She focuses her legal practice on contract analysis and complex torts, including litigation of high-profile transportation matters and traumatic brain injury cases. She also handles employment practices liability, miscellaneous professional liability and insurance coverage disputes.

Janeen began her career as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, NY, where she obtained top count convictions. Subsequently, she joined a boutique litigation firm where she established a fraud investigation unit that resulted in cost savings to insurers of several hundred thousand dollars. After gaining insurance claims handling experience at AIG Domestic Claims, Inc., she joined an international firm as an insurance coverage and litigation attorney where she provided advisory opinions to insurers and businesses and litigated complex insurance coverage matters.

Janeen is a frequent speaker across a variety of professional and community groups. In 2018, she spoke at Insurance Business America’s Women in Insurance Summit, co-presented on reputational risks at the Northeast Insurance Conference and gave a CLE on Smart Data – The Newest Tool in the Defense Attorney’s Toolbox. She also was selected by the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) to serve on the 2019 Leadership and Mentoring Program.

An active member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Janeen has spoken on cutting-edge tactics for defense of large-loss transportation claims at the CLM annual conference. She also played an instrumental role in launching an online adjuster training course for the CLM, "Identifying Insurance Fraud." In 2017, she spoke on The Impact of Cannabis Legislation on the Insurance Industry and was published in Lexology on “Shrinking Damages with Smart Data.”

A Suzuki trained violinist, Janeen is a music and arts enthusiast. She actively serves on Ladies Usher Board No. 1 at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York. Janeen has enjoyed volunteering as a mock trial coach to middle school students participating in the Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Competition, speaks regularly at the STEP Annual Career Day for high school students at SUNY Old Westbury, and serves as a judge at the annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Janeen serves on the Executive Board of the New York Chapter of the National African American Insurance Association as secretary.