Ralph C. Thomas, III
Professor of Law
BA, University of California at Berkley
JD, Harvard University School of Law
State Bar Membership
District of Columbia; England and Wales
About the Professor
Professor Thomas focuses his practice on legal issues affecting small businesses in the federal procurement arena. He represents all categories of small businesses in federal bid protests, small business size protests, contractor claims appeals, small business certification appeals, Inspector General investigations, commercial arbitrations, and dispute resolution with federal agencies and structuring teaming arrangements between large and small businesses. Ralph regularly counsels major corporations on the practical implementation of federal small business regulatory compliance issues.
From 1992 to 2005 Professor Thomas was the Associate Administrator for Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Washington, D.C., where he reported directly to the head of NASA. Under Ralph's leadership, prime and subcontract dollars going to small, minority and women-owned businesses dramatically increased and rose to the highest amount of dollars going to such entities in NASA's history during his tenure. He received numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive, an award restricted to 1% of the 6000 + Federal Senior Executive Service from President Bush, as well as the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive, an award limited to 5% of the Federal Senior Executive Service, from President Clinton. Internationally, he received the coveted “Special Honour Award” from the World Association for Small & Medium Enterprises at its annual conference in Mumbai, India.
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