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BA Thomas was my attorney in 2010. He sabotaged my teaching career by not defending me during a due process hearing. My contract was non-renewed. Prior to my hearing he requested that I answer the charges I was charged with by the school system. I answered the charges and provided him with factual evidence to show that the charges were false. Thomas was also give rebuttal, and other documents to support my defense. He presented none of the evidence at the hearing. He also committed perjury when he told the hearing officers the school district could not find my personnel file, and witnesses had other things to do. The hearing officer informed him that he had the power to subpoena witnesses.
I was charged with insubordination. However, in order to be charged with this only the area superintendent can issue this charge. There were no charges in my personnel file. Nor had any such charges been given. Based on evidence, it is a fact that documented that 5 out of 6 witnesses from the school system committed perjury as well.
Thomas knew if he did not present any evidence the tribunal would uphold the non-renewal of my contract. As a attorney he knew if he did not present any evidence during the tribunal hearing I would win an appeal. The GADOE does not accept any new evidence on appeal. Meaning, if it was not presented during the tribunal hearing you can not submit it on an appeal. Since Thomas was my attorney I assumed he was acting in my best interest. He was not!! Immediately after the local board hearing he informed me that, "the teacher's organization that funded the local board hearing did not fund appeals.' This was also not true.
The teachers organization, and the attorney knew funding an appeal would be a waist of money, and time because the outcome of the hearing was pre-determined before the hearing. This meant that I did not have a fair due process hearing.
Facts that Thomas did not present at the hearing. Evaluations had been copied word for words by the assistant principal and my department chair, evidence to show that I was assigned two" dummy classes". I were placed in a class with students that were not assigned to me. I was not the student teacher and they were not on my class roll. I did not teach them, nor could I assign them a grade. My principal accused me of putting my hands on a student. At least 4 individual including the students wrote statements saying, "I was trying to help him". The student was actually involved in a alteration with a student and another teacher. I was a special education teacher with 1 student in 3 classes. A letter from the GADOE indicates my teaching assignment was a waste of funding. This letter came to me by way of the teacher's association,, and I passed a copy on to Thomas. The Director from the GADOE was not called as a witness and the document was not used as evidence. I was evaluated as a teacher when I was not the "Teacher of Record".
Thomas demonstrated he was willing to compromise his law profession at the expense of destroying mine. Because of his unlawful acts of professional ethics I have been unemployed for 5 years and homeless.
In all fairness I would like to give Thomas a 5 on knowledgeable, but it would be unfair. He underestimated my ability. He though I lacked the knowledge and ability to find out the truth.
Attorney B.A. Thomas, is honestly worth his weight in gold. I could not ask to be represented by a more knowledgeable lawyer, and his responsiveness is remarkable. In addition, I found the staff at The Law Office of B.A. Thomas, LLC to be affable and well informed. My family and I highly recommend Attorney Thomas.
If I had to describe B. A. Thomas in one word, it would be, "fearless." He fought the attorneys for the school district, the hearing officer and even challenged the Superintendent! Had it not been for Mr. Thomas' expertise, I would be out of my teaching job. His staff was friendly and professional and they understand the importance of putting "Client's first." The Teacher's Lawyer is one of a kind.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I was VERY pleased with Mr. Thomas' representation. Mr. Thomas exceeded my expectations in every sense. He was professional, considerate and skillful in handling my case.
Mr. Thomas was referred to me by 3 different teachers. He was very professional and knowledgeable about education law and wasn't afraid to fight. I appreciated Mr. Thomas' ability to explain the various steps in the legal process. After my hearing, the Tribunal voted that I should keep my job AND backpay!
This lawyer did not follow up with my case after payment he was invisible.
This attorney initially seemed interested in my case and lead lme to believe he was looking out for my best interest. Within two months of handling my case and submitting the retainer he became unavailable and often did not return my calls. I eventually had to find another attorney and when I informed him I no longer needed his services, he did not reply.