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, having previously taught courses in criminal law and moral philosophy.
Professor Thomas’s research explores the normative and conceptual foundations of corporate and white-collar crime; he writes on issues of corporate agency, legal personhood, and theories of punishment. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Arizona State Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, and Journal of Corporation Law, among others journals. He frequently comments on issues of criminal law and business, having been featured in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and The Hill, as well as by international press in Australia, Canada, and South Korea.
Prior to joining the Ross faculty, 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.