August 24, 2020

The Labor and Employment Associate is one of 25 NextGen Leader honorees in the greater Kansas City metro area

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli congratulates Associate Henry J. Thomas on being honored by the Kansas City Business Journal as a NextGen Leader. The prestigious annual awards program recognizes 25 people who are making a difference and who are destined to leave their mark on the Kansas City business community.

“I am incredibly passionate about making a mark on Kansas City in my professional capacity and personally, leaving Kansas City in a better place for future generations to come,” said Thomas. “I believe that a well-rounded, diverse city of business professionals is a critical key in accomplishing this goal.”

The Kansas City Business Journal’s NextGen Leaders program is designed to encourage and aid the process of identifying leaders in the Kansas City business and civic communities, helping them connect with one another and gaining access to today's leaders. 

Thomas is a labor and employment attorney and member of Polsinelli’s national Labor Relations Practice. His practice includes an array of employment law offerings, including employment advice and training, employment litigation defense, restrictive covenants and trade secret litigation, traditional labor counsel and wage and hour class and collective actions representation. Thomas helps employers in their time of need regardless of the issue, from determining how to best care for employees during a pandemic-driven shutdown to helping a company expand its operation through an acquisition of a new facility. 

“The Kansas City Business Journal’s annual NextGen Leaders program is highly regarded and regularly filled with incredible area professionals. We are very proud of Henry for this deserving recognition,” said Gregory Kratofil, Jr., Kansas City Co-Office Managing Partner. “Henry uses his leadership skills and legal expertise for the betterment and greater good of our community. We applaud his excellent legal work on behalf of his clients and all that he is doing to give back to the Kansas City community through his many endeavors.”

Thomas’ civic and community involvement is robust. He is currently helping run Zach Thomas’ campaign for Johnson County District Attorney. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City and is in the middle of a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the region’s leading advocacy organization for lawyers. Thomas also serves on the Board of Trustees for Legal Aid of Western Missouri, which helps low-income people access basic needs such as healthcare, housing, safety and government benefits and free legal assistance. 

Thomas co-founded the Maxwell T. Ward nonprofit organization, which provides preventative and remedial care to financially underserved children in Kansas City with congenital heart defects and their families. He also helped start and is a current board member for Kansas City-based nonprofit MADI Makes, which helps women break cycles of chronic homelessness and unemployment by providing vocational training. 

Thomas obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University before earning his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. 

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.