Born in Los Angeles, California, to a single mother, Thomas learned the qualities of hard work and sacrifice at an early age. By excelling in his studies, while taking up odd-jobs to provide his household with supplemental income, Thomas developed an outstanding work ethic before he was a teenager. Through high school and undergraduate studies, Thomas continued to strive for success by taking on leadership roles in various clubs, organizations, and sports teams, receiving many awards for his service and leadership. During the latter part of his undergraduate studies and throughout his law studies, Thomas participated on the University of La Verne Debate Team where he: placed as a finalist in more than 15 debate tournaments, was declared champion of a number of those tournaments, won numerous top-speaker awards, and placed as a National finalist in the 2008 U.S. National Debating Championship. Thomas continued to excel in his participation as an oral advocate while participating on the University of La Verne College of Law Moot Court Team. Thomas, along with his partner, won the Western Region Fredrick Douglas Moot Court Championship, becoming the 2010 Western Region Champions and finished third in the national competition becoming the 2010 National Second Runners-Up. Thomas remains active in his community and profession. Thomas is a member of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, the Riverside County Bar Association, the San Bernardino County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the Richard T. Fields Bar Association, and the West Covina Rotary Club. Thomas also volunteers at the Inland Counties Legal Services in Rancho Cucamonga, where he aids attorneys in providing free legal services to the poor.