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Clay C. Thomas

Shareholder

*Admitted to practice only in Illinois and New York and is supervised by Vedder Price (CA) LLP attorneys licensed in the state of California.

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Clay C. Thomas

Shareholder

*Admitted to practice only in Illinois and New York and is supervised by Vedder Price (CA) LLP attorneys licensed in the state of California.

Clay C. Thomas is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the Global Transportation Finance team.

Mr. Thomas counsels a variety of clients including airlines, equipment manufacturers, borrowers, lenders, lessors, lessees and other debt and equity investors engaged in debt, equity and lease financing transactions. He focuses his practice on the aviation and rail industries and has represented clients in U.S. and cross-border sale, lease and financing transactions, including aircraft and rolling stock portfolio acquisitions, sale-leaseback transactions, operating leases, leveraged leases, export credit agency financings, mortgage financings, pooled collateral/warehouse loan facilities, asset-backed securitizations and enhanced equipment trust certificate transactions as well as aircraft and railcar investment fund formations and joint ventures.

In 2017 and 2018, Mr. Thomas was selected for inclusion in Euromoney’s Legal Media Group Aviation Expert Rising Star Guide and in 2019 and 2020, he was recognized among the world’s leading aviation attorneys. The Legal 500 United States guide has also recommended him in the Transport: Aviation and Air Travel—Finance and Transport: Rail and Road—Finance categories since 2019. Mr. Thomas was recognized by the Legal 500 United States as a Next Generation Partner in the Transport: Rail and Road – finance category in 2020. Mr. Thomas was also recognized by Leading Lawyers as an Emerging Lawyer in the category of Secured Transactions Law. In 2015, 2017 and 2018, Vedder Price was named Airline Economics Aviation 100 Law Firm of the Year. Mr. Thomas was also among those advising on the $1.2 billion asset backed securitization transaction selected as the 2015 North America Deal of the Year by Airfinance Journal. Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Thomas, also a certified public accountant, served as a tax accountant in a public accounting firm concentrating on corporate, partnership and international taxation matters.

Clay C. Thomas

Shareholder

*Admitted to practice only in Illinois and New York and is supervised by Vedder Price (CA) LLP attorneys licensed in the state of California.

Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2009, cum laude
  • University of Texas at Arlington, M.A., 2004
  • Oklahoma State University, B.S., 2001

Clay C. Thomas

Shareholder

*Admitted to practice only in Illinois and New York and is supervised by Vedder Price (CA) LLP attorneys licensed in the state of California.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2009
  • New York, 2015

Clay C. Thomas

Shareholder

*Admitted to practice only in Illinois and New York and is supervised by Vedder Price (CA) LLP attorneys licensed in the state of California.