CURRICULUM VITAE OF
John Thomas

Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Florida International University
3000 N.E. 151st Street, HM 362
North Miami, FL 33181
305-919-4544
305-519-5116
thomasj@fiu.edu


EDUCATION

Degree

Institution

School

Date

J.D. University of Miami School of Law 1978
B.A. Dartmouth College Dartmouth College 1971

PUBLICATIONS IN DISCIPLINE

Published or Accepted Refereed Journal Publications


LastName, FirstInitial., (e.g. Smith, J.), Thomas, J., Zeng, E. & Thomas, J.H., Kitterlin, M., Chang, S.H., Williams, J. (2015). Bitcoin: Legal Issues and Usage in the Hospitality Industry, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases. 4.1.

Thomas, J., Kitterlin, M., Lorenzo, D. (2015). Cuba's Future Hospitality and Tourism Business: Opportunities and Obstacles, Cornell Hospitality Reports. .

Dev, C.K., Thomas, J., Buschman, J., Anderson, E. (2010). Brand Rights and Hotel Management Agreements, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. .

Lauderdale, M., Thomas, J. (2009). Are you gambling with your business? What you should know about legal differences between gaming ashore and afloat., Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing. .

Thomas, J., Anderson, A. (2004). Salvage, Maritime Law and Practice, 4th edition. .

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Submitted Refereed Journal Publications


Thomas, John H., Thomas, J., Anderson, Andrew W. Salvage. Submitted to Maritime Law and Practice, 5th Edition.

REFEREED PROCEEDINGS

Thomas, J., Kitterlin, M, Lorenzo, D. (2015). Cuba's Future Hospitality and Tourism Business, International ICHRIE Conference. Orlando, Florida, USA, 07/30/2015.

REFEREED PRESENTATIONS

Thomas, J., Thomas, J., McLeod, M. (2012-2013). Discussion of case accepted by United States Supreme Court on meaning of , Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee. Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 09/20/2012.

Thomas, J., Thomas, J., Pucciarelli, A, & Hoffman, W. (2012-2013). Termination of Hotel Management Agreements, Hospitality Law Conference 2013. Houston, Texas, USA, 02/11/2013.

Thomas, J., Thomas, J. (2012-2013). Legal Implications of Carnival Triumph and Costa Concordia cruise line incidents , International Federation onTravel & Tourism Advocates, North American Conference. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, 02/22/2013.

Thomas, J. (2013-2014). Bitcoin Payments in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Businesses, International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, 03/07/2014.

Thomas, J. (2014-2015). Marijuana Tourism - Legal Issues, International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, .

Thomas, J. (2015-2016). Chinese Influence on Tourism in Cuba, International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, 03/11/2016.

Thomas, J. (2015-2016). Chinese influence in Cuba, FIU Revenue Management Conference. Miami, Florida, USA, April 7 to April 8, 2016.

Thomas, J. (2015-2016). Opening of Cuba: Cruise Ships, Pleasure Yachts and Cargo Trade, Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee. Orlando, Florida, USA, 06/15/2016.

Feinberg, R. & Newfarmer, R., Thomas, J., Duany, J., Espino, M. & Thomas, J.H. (2016-2017). Tourism in Cuba: Riding the Wave Toward Sustainable Prosperity, Presentation and discussion of paper sponsored by The Brookings Institution and FIU Kimberly Green LACC. Miami, Florida, USA, 01/19/2017.

Thomas, J. (2016-2017). Marine Salvage, Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee. Miami, Florida, USA, 01/31/2017.

Thomas, J. (2016-2017). Legal Issues of Robotics in Hospitality and Tourism, International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates, North America Section. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, 03/10/2017.

PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Honor (Service) - Outstanding Person, The Marine Council (January 1, 1993)
  • Honor (Service) - Hall of Fame, GMMA Marine industry (January 1, 1987)
  • Honor (Service) - Outstanding Member, The Maritime Council (January 1, 1985)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND PUBLIC SERVICE

Professional Activities

  • Hospitality Law Conference, Houston. 2007 - Present
  • Miami International Arbitration Society. 2008 - Present
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute. 1982 - Present
  • Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee. 1980 - Present
  • International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates. 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar International Law Section. 1990 - Present
  • Florida Bar Environmental Law Section. 1985 - Present
  • Institute for Academic Leadership. 2013 - 2014
  • Federal Bar Association Seminar on the Costa Concordia Incident. 8.14.14 - Present
  • University of Florida Public Interest Environmental Law. 1992 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association International Law Section. 2006 - Present
  • Annual Society & Resource Management Symposium. 2015 - Present
  • 17th Shared Ownership Investment Conference. 10.01.15 - Present
  • International CHRIE Annual Conference. 2007 - Present
  • Florida Bar Seminar on Vesssel Arrests. 1.21.15 - Present
  • Florida Bar Environmental Law Conference. 1.30.15 - Present
  • Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. 2.13.15 - Present
  • Florida Bar Seminar on Current Developments in Cuba. 3.20.15 - Present
  • Florida Bar Admiralty Law Update Seminar. 6.24.15 - Present
  • Annual ICHRIE Conference. 7.29.15 - Present
  • Doing Business in Cuba Conference. 10.09.15 - Present
  • Public Interest Environmental Conference - U. Florida. 2016 - 2.12.16
  • Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee - Maritime State of Disformity . 1.22.16 - Present
  • National Bitcoin Conference - Topics on Bitcoin and Blockchains. 2016 - 1.21.16
  • International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions Conference. 2016 - 26 February 2016
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute. 6/24-25/16 - Present
  • Doing Business in Cuba Conference 2016. 10.13.16 - Present
  • Brookings Institution - Cuban Tourism. 12.02.16 - Present
  • International Litigation, Arbitration and Transactions Conference. 2017 - 2.17.17

Service to the Community or Public

  • Arbitrator - Miami Maritime Arbitration Council. January 1
  • Board of Directors - The Barnacle Society. December 3
  • Miami International Arbitration Association - Arbitration Advocates . January 1

Service to the University

  • Chaplin School Undergraduate Curriculum Committee - Member. 1/1/12 - Present
  • Chaplin School Graduate Curriculum Committee - Member. 1/1/12 - Present
  • Eta Sigma Delta FIU Chapter - Faculty Advisor. 1/1/12 - Present
  • Hospitality at Sea Program - Faculty Director. 1/1/12 - Present
  • Chaplin School Faculty Assembly - Faculty Chair. 2013 - Present
  • Search & Screen - Faculty Positions - Chair. 5/20/14 - Present
  • ACPHA Accreditation Committee - Member. 2014 - Present
  • Chaplin School Faculty Merit Increase Committee - Member. 2015 - Present
  • FIU Chairs Advisory Council - Member. 9/01/15 - Present

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Florida Bar - Member - (1978 - Present )
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Member - (1979 - Present )
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida - Member - (1979 - Present )
  • 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal - Member - (1981 - Present )
  • 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal - Member - (1981 - Present )
  • U.S. Court of International Trade - Member - (1985 - Present )
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Admiralty and Maritime Law - Member - (1996 - Present )
  • Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE) - Member - (1980 - Present )
  • The Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee - Member - ( - Present )
  • Miami Maritime Arbitration Council - Founder - ( - Present )
  • The Marine Council - Former Director - ( - Present )
  • The MAST Academy Advisory Board - Former Director - ( - Present )
  • The Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute - Member - ( - Present )
  • Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Policy Advisory Committee - Former Member - ( - Present )
  • The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Section - Member - ( - Present )
  • The Florida Bar International Law Section - Member - ( - Present )
  • Global Association of Hospitality Attorneys (GAHA) - Member - ( - Present )
  • Hospitality Lawyer.com - Member - ( - Present )
  • International Travel and Tourism Advocates - Member - ( - Present )
  • The Miami International Arbitration Society - Member - ( - Present )

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Hospitality Industry Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law for the Hospitality Industry
  • Travel Industry Law
  • Independent Studies
  • Legislation and the Hospitality Industry
  • Hospitality Law Seminar
  • Hospitality Law Seminar

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Arbitration
  • Coastal and Ocean Law
  • Cruise Line Management
  • Doing business in Cuba
  • Environmental Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Hospitality Law
  • International Trade
  • Maritime Law/ Cruise Ship Law
  • Negotiations
  • Travel Law