E. Abim Thomas

E. Abim Thomas

E. Abim Thomas

Abim Thomas is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of its White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, Securities Litigation, and Gaming, Gambling & Sweepstakes Practices. Ms. Thomas joined Goodwin in 2012 after serving as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Ms. Thomas concentrates her practice on government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and False Claims Act litigation.

Ms. Thomas also represents government agencies, private and publicly traded companies, and nonprofits on matters involving conflict of interest laws, public records law, open meeting law, lobbying, and campaign finance, having served as the Executive Director for Governor Patrick’s Task Force on Public Integrity which was responsible for updating the Massachusetts conflict of interest, open meeting, lobbying and campaign finance laws.

Ms. Thomas also focuses her practice on representing operating companies, entrepreneurs and investors in the gaming and gambling field.  She has extensive experience in this area, having advised Governor Patrick on the Commonwealth’s 2011 gaming bill and serving as the state’s lead negotiator for the 2012 tribal-state gaming compact. She is a key contributor to Goodwin's Gaming blog, aimed at helping operating companies, entrepreneurs and investors stay on top of the complex and rapidly shifting legal and regulatory issues affecting gambling and gaming in the United States.

Professional Activities

Ms. Thomas is the former President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, serves on the board of the Women's Bar Foundation and was recently selected by the Women's Bar Association to serve as a mentor for its Women's Leadership Initiative. She was selected by the Boston Bar Association as a member of the Beacon Award Selection Committee and serves on the Board of Editors of the Boston Bar Journal. She is a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Oversight Committee. She has worked for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in both Boston and San Francisco.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Thomas served as Governor Deval Patrick's Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, advising the Governor on legal and policy issues and working to support the administration's efforts in economic development, housing and public safety. Previous to her service with the Commonwealth, Ms. Thomas was a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray, where she worked on matters involving government enforcement, government contracting, real estate and securities, and represented clients in pro bono political asylum cases.


Recently, Ms. Thomas was named one of theTop Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for 2014. Ms. Thomas was also named to the Lawyers of Color 2013 list of attorneys excelling in the legal profession. In 2013, Ms. Thomas was also selected as a “Rising Star” in Gaming Law by Super Lawyers Magazine. In law school, Ms. Thomas served as an editor for the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.

Areas of Practice



J.D., 2003
Georgetown University Law Center
A.B., 1996
Harvard University





U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
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