Cory Thomas is an employment attorney in Holland & Knight's Philadelphia office. Mr. Thomas focuses his practice on the defense of a full range of employee benefit, executive compensation, employment and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation matters.

Mr. Thomas represents Fortune 500 companies, plan sponsors, insurers, plan administrative and investment committees, corporate directors, other individual plan fiduciaries, privately held businesses, benefit plans, plan administrators, officers, directors, executives and third-party administrators. Mr. Thomas has significant experience defending employers, health and welfare benefit plans, and qualified and nonqualified plans.

Mr. Thomas also counsels employee relations and human resources professionals and is known for his results-driven, practical approach to solving complex matters. He advises clients on internal investigations, wage and hour issues, restrictive covenants, benefit claims and appeals, breach of fiduciary duty claims, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) issues, retaliation or discrimination claims (including under Section 510 of ERISA), compensation plans, internal investigations, wage and hour issues, reductions in force and benefits-related issues.

In addition, Mr. Thomas has experience representing clients in plan audits and other Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigations. Mr. Thomas also provides guidance on issues involving Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act and related rules.


  • Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Cincinnati, Master of Community Planning
  • Miami University, B.A., Creative Writing and English Literature
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020