Terry E. Thomason

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Lawyers


Oahu (Honolulu) 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 1800
Honolulu, HI 96813

About Terry

Terry Thomason advises and represents companies that compete for and perform government contracts.

He has worked as a government contracts attorney for more than 35 years in both federal and private sector positions. His experience covers all aspects of federal, state and local procurement law, including protests, disputes, claims, suspension and debarment actions, small business preference procedures, labor relations, employee rights, wage payment laws and EEO compliance.

His clients include many small businesses, Native Hawaiian Organizations, Veteran-Owned Businesses and other “preference eligible” enterprises.  Terry and the entire AHFI government contracts team focus on helping local companies win and successfully perform federal and state contracts throughout the U.S. and the Pacific region.

Prior to entering private practice, Terry advised federal agencies in a wide range of legal issues. His federal service positions included assignments as Deputy Legal Counsel in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Labor Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, and chief counsel to the Commander, U.S. Army Pacific.

As the Labor Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Mr. Thomason chaired the Department of Defense Committee responsible for drafting and interpreting federal procurement regulations governing compliance with labor standards laws such as the Davis-Bacon Act, the Service Contract Act and related laws.

Terry earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy. He also received a Juris Doctor Degree (cum laude) from Creighton University School of Law and a Master of Laws Degree from The George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC.

Awards and Recognition

Practice Areas


Additional Information

Government Contracts and Grants
  • Public contract law (federal, state, and local government contracts)
  • Solicitation evaluation and bid or proposal preparation issues
  • Preferences for Small Businesses, including Women-owned small businesses, HUBZone businesses, Veteran-owned small businesses, and 8(a) Programs
  • Labor Standards Compliance
  • Davis-Bacon Act & Hawaii “Little Davis-Bacon Act”
  • Service Contract Act
  • Affirmative Action Plans and Programs
  • Drug-free Workplace and Workforce Programs
  • Cost and Pricing Issues
  • Federal Grant Compliance Requirements
Federal, State and Local Government Contract Litigation
  • Protests against solicitation and award
  • Protests against size status
  • Contract Claims and Disputes
  • Suspension and Debarment Defense
  • Defense of enforcement actions by US DOL (OFCCP & Wage and Hour), OSHA, HIOSH, and other agencies
Labor and Employment
  • Wrongful termination
  • Equal employment opportunity (discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues)
  • Wage and hour
  • Personnel Administration and Training
  • Individual employee rights (Whistleblower, FMLA, government provided rights)
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Labor Law
  • Union organizational campaigns and elections
  • Unfair labor practice proceedings
  • Back pay and special proceedings
  • Collective bargaining
  • Labor arbitration
  • Secondary boycotts and picketing
Admitted to Practice
  • Hawai`i
  • Nebraska (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • 2011 Hawaii Reapportionment Commission
  • Aloha Harvest (1998 – 2014)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Judicature Society (2007-2014)
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Hawaii Procurement Institute
    • Education Committee Chair (2003 – 2014)
  • Military Officers Association
  • National Contract Management Association
  • Support Our Troops, Hawaii Chapter
Awards and Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • 2013 and 2017 Hawai`i Administrative/Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year
    • Administrative/Regulatory Law (2010-present)
  • Chambers USA™
    • Labor and Employment
  • The George Washington University School of Law, Washington, DC
    (LL.M. in Labor Law)
  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, NE (J.D. cum laude)
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, NY (B.S.)