Lizanne Thomas

Partner-in-Charge, Southern Region at Jones Day

Lizanne Thomas

Lizanne Thomas

Partner-in-Charge, Southern Region at Jones Day

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Ms. Thomas has been a director of Atlantic Capital since November 2015. Ms. Thomas serves as the Partner-in-Charge of the Southern Region of Jones Day, and has been practicing corporate law since 1982. She heads Jones Day’s global corporate governance team. Ms. Thomas regularly advises clients with respect to corporate governance, including takeover preparedness and shareholder activism, public and private mergers and acquisitions, internal investigations, corporate and securities compliance, and disclosure and fiduciary issues. Ms. Thomas has also served on the board of directors of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. since 2004, and serves on its Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Thomas’ background as a legal adviser to public companies for over 30 years provides the Board with extensive securities regulation, corporate governance, and risk management experience. Her experience leading the over 300-lawyer Southern Region of Jones Day gives her valuable experience in managing operations, financial statement, and profit and loss responsibility. Ms. Thomas also provides governance, audit and community-service skills and experience gained through her current service as Trustee of Washington & Lee University, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Research Alliance, where she serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

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Birthday

1959

Age

60

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Partner at Jones Day

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Partner at Jones Day

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Chief Executive Officer at Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc.

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Partner at Jones Day

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at United Distributors, Inc.

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Partner at Jones Day

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Partner at Jones Day

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Director at Telarix, Inc.

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Partner-in-Charge, Southern Region at Jones Day
Education
JD
Class of 1982

The Washington and Lee University School of Law (W&L Law) is a private American Bar Association-accredited law school located in Lexington in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Facilities are on the historic campus of Washington and Lee University in Sydney Lewis Hall. W&L Law has a total enrollment of approximately 420 students in Juris Doctor and Master of Laws programs and a 9.5-to-1 student to faculty ratio.

Class of 1982

Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is named for two of the most influential men in American history: George Washington, whose generous endowment of $20,000 in 1796 helped the fledgling school (then known as Liberty Hall Academy) survive, and Robert E. Lee, whose presidency and innovative leadership brought the University into the national limelight. The University is located in the historic city of Lexington (population 7,000) in the Great Valley of Virginia about three hours southwest of Washington, D.C. W&L’s 35 principal buildings include the picturesque Washington College group forming the Colonnade facing Lee Chapel, where Robert E. Lee is buried. The Colonnade and Lee Chapel are National Historic Landmarks. New or recently renovated buildings include the John W. Elrod University Commons, the journalism department's Reid Hall, the Doremus fitness center and Wilson Hall, the fine arts and music center. Academic Divisions Washington and Lee is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. The undergraduate institution offers 40 majors, 20 minors and more than 1,100 courses—an enviable curriculum for a school of only 1,770 undergraduate students. W&L also features the only fully-accredited business school and fully-accredited journalism program among the nation's top-tier liberal arts colleges. The School of Law, one of the smallest nationally recognized legal programs in the country at about 400 students, has its own dean and faculty. It offers the Juris Doctor degree and, for international law graduates, the Master of Laws degree in United States Law. Faculty and Students As one of the nation's best teaching colleges, W&L places a high priority on recruiting and retaining a top-notch faculty. Virtually all of the University's professors hold the Ph.D. degree or equivalent earned doctoral degree, and all faculty members are active in continuing self-development as scholars and teachers. There are no teaching assistants. The average class size is 16 students, and nearly one-fourth of all classes have no more than 10 students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1. W&L is also notable for its national and international student body. W&L's students live in 48 states and the District of Columbia and hold citizenships in 47 other countries. About 14 percent of undergraduates come from Virginia, with large numbers of students arriving from Maryland, Texas, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and California. Student Life Once on campus, W&L students are highly involved in student government, athletics and student activities. The University fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including the 2007 national champions in women's tennis. Students can also participate in over 125 clubs and organizations, including a student newspaper, a broadcast radio station, and cable television station. Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of the University is its student run Honor System, and the environment that it creates on campus and in Lexington. Students at W&L enjoy unparalleled academic and social freedom. Undergraduates typically schedule their own final examinations, all students take their exams unsupervised, personal property is generally safe on campus, most University buildings remain open twenty-four hours per day, and a student’s word is accepted and respected both on campus and in the community. Since its inception, the Honor System has fostered a sense of community and trust that continues to enhance the lives of Washington and Lee students, during enrollment at Washington and Lee and in their later personal and professional lives.

Attendee, cum laude
Class of 1979

Furman University is one of the nation's premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges. The university offers outstanding academics, opportunities for a broad range of talented students with a passion for learning, a robust visual and performing arts program and NCAA Division I athletics. Our campus is nationally acclaimed for its beauty and the residential student body is the ideal size to enhance scholarly activity, personal growth and leadership development. With its more realistic approach to college admissions, the college has made the standardized test optional and instead relies on interviews with hopeful applicants. Founded in 1826, the private university is located in Greenville, South Carolina. Modern, sophisticated academic buildings are complemented by comprehensive athletics, recreational and social facilities. Student housing ranges from traditional dormitory residences to apartments. The James B. Duke Library includes more than 500,000 volumes. The 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands for hiking and biking and an 18-hole golf course. Greenville has experienced a cultural and economic renaissance and its downtown is a major destination for business and tourism. With direct flights by major airlines, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is located just 35 minutes from the Furman campus

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Member
Current

Founded in 1913, Atlanta Rotary has been frequently honored by Rotary International as one of its truly outstanding affiliates. In fact, its members refer to it, with some justification, as "the world's greatest Rotary Club." With 500+ members, Atlanta Rotary is one of the largest Rotary Clubs. It has been a long tradition that a member of the Club must be a key leader in his or her field, a person of integrity whose sense of values includes an obligation of community service. The Club is pleased that not one week goes by that does not bring recognition of one — and usually several — of its members for significant leadership of a major civic enterprise.

Managing Editor
Prior
Career History
Partner-in-Charge, Southern Region
2003 - Current

Jones Day LP provides legal services. The company's practice areas include banking and finance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, government regulations, tax, financial institutions litigation and regulation, business restructuring, and private equity. It offers services to the airlines, aviation, automotive, construction, energy, healthcare, insurance, media, pharmaceuticals and telecommunication industries. Jones Day was founded in March 1893 by Edwin J. Blandin and William Lowe Rice and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Professional
Prior

The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theater, the Grammy-Award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the vibrant High Museum of Art. Each year, these centers of artistic excellence play host to over 1.2 million patrons at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Midtown Atlanta location, one of the only arts centers in the U.S. to host both visual and performing arts on a single campus. The Woodruff Arts Center also offers remarkable education programming, through each of its arts partners as well as Arts for Learning, the Woodruff organization focused exclusively on education. Through their combined efforts, The Woodruff Arts Center serves over 300,000 students annually and is the largest arts educator in Georgia.

Boards & Committees
Director
2015 - Prior

Atlantic Capital Bank provides commercial banking services. Atlantic Capital Bank is focused on helping mid-size and emerging growth companies, as well as private clients, to succeed in today's market. By strategically combining the best aspects of both large global banks and smaller community banks, it offers its clients the expertise, capabilities and lending power of a larger financial institution, as well as the hands-on service often only found at smaller banks. Its services include corporate & business banking, private & professional financial services, commercial real estate finance and financial institution banking services. It was founded on May 15, 2007 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

President, Board of Trustees
Current
Trustee
Prior

Furman University is one of the nation's premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges. The university offers outstanding academics, opportunities for a broad range of talented students with a passion for learning, a robust visual and performing arts program and NCAA Division I athletics. Our campus is nationally acclaimed for its beauty and the residential student body is the ideal size to enhance scholarly activity, personal growth and leadership development. With its more realistic approach to college admissions, the college has made the standardized test optional and instead relies on interviews with hopeful applicants. Founded in 1826, the private university is located in Greenville, South Carolina. Modern, sophisticated academic buildings are complemented by comprehensive athletics, recreational and social facilities. Student housing ranges from traditional dormitory residences to apartments. The James B. Duke Library includes more than 500,000 volumes. The 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands for hiking and biking and an 18-hole golf course. Greenville has experienced a cultural and economic renaissance and its downtown is a major destination for business and tourism. With direct flights by major airlines, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is located just 35 minutes from the Furman campus

Director
Prior

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce is the chamber of commerce for the Atlanta metropolitan area. It was founded in 1860. The first Atlanta Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1860, chiefly concerned with fighting railroad rate discrimination and with sustaining commercial ties with the North. After secession, it focused its attention on direct trade with Europe, which was part of an overall Southern goal of achieving economic independence from the North. In 1866 the chamber was reformed into a Board of Trade.

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2010

Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the United States producing mainstage opera productions and excellent arts education programs for all ages. It directly serves almost 100,000 people annually in Metropolitan Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Based on recent independent research, it is estimated that The Atlanta Opera, a non-profit organization, brings over $39 million of economic impact to the region each year.

Political Donations
$2,500
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$500
2011

Justice at Supreme Court of Georgia

$100
2010

Former Shareholder at Polsinelli PC

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Parker-Hannifin Corporation purchases LORD Corporation

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Sycamore Partners Management LP purchases Pure Fishing, Inc. from Newell Brands, Inc.

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Flowers Foods, Inc. purchases Canyon Bakehouse LLC

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