GARY THOMAS is a 1977 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 1981 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. After earning his law degree, Mr. Thomas became an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting criminal cases. Since 1984 he has been in private practice concentrating in a civil trial practice in all the courts of North Carolina and the N.C. Industrial Commission. He has tried contract cases and insurance cases. His primary emphasis has been on injury and wrongful death cases arising from accidents, injuries fromproduct defects and workers' compensation injury and disease cases. He also is a certified mediator.Mr. Thomas is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He also is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and a former president of the Iredell County Bar and the 22nd Judicial District Bar. He has served as the four county representative on the North Carolina State Bar Council which licenses, regulates and disciplines attorneys and is a member of theState Judicial Council which is chaired by the Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court.