Suzanne F. Thomas (Retired)

Suzanne F. Thomas (Retired)
  • Suzanne F. Thomas (Retired)
    Attorney at Law

Overview

Suzanne Thomas retired from Flora Pettit in March 2021 after 16 years with the firm.  Suzanne practiced law for more than 30 years in private practice, as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney, and as inside counsel for a corporation. While with the firm, Suzanne focused her practice on the many and varied aspects of real estate, together with banking and creditors’ rights. She regularly represented lenders in loan workout issues and foreclosures, working long and hard to obtain the very best outcome financially for all parties.  She dealt with a broad range of commercial and other real estate transactions, handling acquisitions, issues of eminent domain, leasing (including cell towers), finance, and other actions needed by sophisticated developers of and investors in the real estate market.

Suzanne is enjoying her well-deserved retirement with her husband Larry, both lifelong residents of the Shenandoah Valley.

Experience

  • Served as first ever in-house counsel to Bowman Apple Products Co., Inc. (now Bowman Andros Products, LLC) for both its Virginia and New York food processing operations, and for its numerous affiliated companies, including Bowman Fruit Sales, LLC and Bowman Orchards, LLC
    • Handled the day-to-day corporate legal matters, including acquisition and sale of property and financing, contract preparation and review, environmental oversight and advising, commercial insurance matters and personnel issues
    • Negotiated and worked with various local, state and federal agencies in compliance areas, including land use, environmental permitting, immigrant employment and corporate reporting
  • Served as the first female Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Shenandoah County, Virginia, and also the first female Special Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney directing the operation of the multi-jurisdictional drug task force in the 26th Judicial Circuit
  • Served with organizations in the United Kingdom and in several third-world countries to study, use and improve their legal systems to assist citizens in various legal matters
  • Worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation in right of way and related matters

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Professional Involvement
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Local Church
Education

T.C. Williams School of Law
University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia
J.D., 1984

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
B.S., 1975