John Thomas | Attorney at Law


Married for 30 years to Gloria Jeanne; three grown children: Scott, April, and Robyn. Member of First Lutheran Church. Past President, Downtown Optimist Club; Past President, St. Joseph Country Club; Past President, Missouri Western State College Board of Regents; Co-Chairman, Citizens for Better Education in Andrew County; Elementary School Volunteer Basketball Coach. Hobbies: golf and fishing.



University of Missouri – Columbia, School of Law
August 1974 – December 1976; Juris Doctorate Degree. Graduated in top twenty percent of class with honors in Evidence, Contracts and Trial Practice.

University of Missouri – Columbia, School of Business and Public Administration
August 1967 – May 1971; Bachelor of Science Decree in Business Administration, Finance and Economics Major.



Thomas and Burns Law
January 1977 – present; General Partner in practice of law in St. Joseph with emphasis on civil trial practice conducting over 75 civil jury trials for both plaintiff and defense. Primary interest: product/premises liability.



  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum