Edward A. Thomas Esq.

Ed Thomas is an expert on working with communities and people to help prevent the foreseeable processes of nature becoming disasters. He has worked on response & recovery operations from about 200 disasters, assisting individuals, businesses, farms, and communities to carefully craft acceptable efforts to recover as quickly as possible, while striving to elevate, modify or relocate damaged properties and develop environmentally acceptable development.

Ed, a widely published author, and frequent lecturer is the General Counsel of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. He is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Association (ABA) Foundation, a member of the ABA Disaster Response and Preparedness Committee and Co-Chairs the ABA State and Local Government Law Section’s Resilience Task Force. In addition, Ed serves on the Steering Committee of the Climigration Network. He is a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences, and the Association of State Wetland Managers. He also serves as the Senior Legal Liaison to the Association of State Floodplain Manager’s No Adverse Impact Committee. During his career in HUD and FEMA, Ed worked closely with individuals, companies, non-profit organizations local communities developing safe and affordable housing, results oriented Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation. He also worked closely disaster survivors on about two hundred disasters and emergencies, serving as the President’s representative, the Federal Coordinating Officer, dozens of times.

Ed is currently working with many dedicated volunteers to further refine and promulgate the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association’s Disaster Risk Reduction curriculum. He also is one of the editors & authors of the just published ABA Community Resilience Handbook.

He manages a private practice of Law, Edward A. Thomas Esq., LLC and just relocated with his wife from the floodplain of beautiful Marina Bay, Massachusetts to live in lovely [and Earthquake prone] Rancho Mirage, California.