Will Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Business Law at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He teaches Business Law and Ethics at Ross, and has previously taught courses in criminal law and moral philosophy.
Professor Thomas’s scholarship explores the normative and conceptual foundations of corporate and white-collar crime; he writes on issues of corporate agency, conceptions of legal personhood, and theories of punishment. His work has appeared in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Michigan Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, and the Florida State University Law Review, among others journals.
Prior to joining the faculty at Ross, Professor Thomas was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. He previously served as a litigation associate for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, focusing on securities litigation and white-collar enforcement matters; he separately argued appeals on behalf of the Federal Defender’s Office of Northern Ohio. Professor Thomas served as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Professor Thomas earned both a PhD in philosophy and a JD magna cum laude from the University of Michigan. He holds a BA from Columbia University.