Thad McIntosh Guyer

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Thad McIntosh Guyer
Born (1950-01-29) January 29, 1950 (age 71)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materGeorgetown University; Antioch School of Law
Scientific career
FieldsCivil Rights Law, Whistleblower Law, Sarbanes-Oxley
InstitutionsT.M. Guyer and Ayers & Friends, PC; Government Accountability Project

Thad McIntosh Guyer (born January 29, 1950) is an American civil rights lawyer with an international practice based in the State of Oregon.


After graduating in 1969 from North Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida, he was conscripted through the military draft and fought in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war, earning the rank of Sergeant, and receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious service after his one-year tour.[citation needed] He was honorably discharged in 1970 and attended the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, graduating in 1975 with a BS in International Law and Politics, and then the Antioch School of Law, graduating in 1978.

Legal career[edit]

Guyer has had deep ties with Legal Services Corporation dating back to 1978 in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oregon. Since February 1990, Guyer has worked with T.M. Guyer & Friends, PC., which in 2005 became T.M. Guyer and Ayers & Friends, PC [ with the addition of law partner Stephani L. Ayers. Guyer & Ayers is a private law firm with a focus on corporate accountability, Sarbanes-Oxley and whistleblower representation in the cyber security, nuclear safety,[1] petrochemical and pipeline safety,[2] aviation safety,[3] and safety in the food and pharmaceuticals industries.[4]

National Whistleblower Advocacy and Litigation[edit]

He has been an active litigator before the United States Merit Systems Protection Board representing federal employees who have been retaliated against for reporting fraud, abuse of authority, waste and environmental abuses by federal agencies. One of his most notable civil lawsuits was the challenge of the wrongful termination of Shawn Carpenter by Sandia National Laboratory, resulting in a $4.7 million verdict against Sandia.[5] Guyer and his law partner Stephani L. Ayers co-counseled the case with American civil liberties lawyer Philip B. Davis

He has had deep ties with the Government Accountability Project (GAP) for more than two decades. In February 2010, he celebrated the self-sacrifice and contributions of whistleblowers to American legal freedoms over the past four decades with Frank Serpico, Daniel Ellsberg, Coleen Rowley, David Aaron Kessler and others.[3] From 2002 until 2005, he served as GAP's Litigation Director and General Counsel. From 1986-2002 he worked as adjunct private attorney at GAP, representing GAP whistleblowers nationwide and internationally. [4] He has associated on numerous cases Thomas M. Devine, the internationally acknowledged expert in the world-wide whistleblower protection movement, and the moving force behind passage of the federal Whistleblower Protection Act.

International Advocacy'[edit]

Guyer has volunteered for significant international law projects during his career. In 1980 he provided emergency representation to Cuban refugees during the infamous Mariel Boatlift who were being detained by the INS at the former Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. In 1996, he served with the American Bar Association supported Coalition for International Justice researching prisoners' rights under international law at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. [5]. In 2006, he served as an advocate for whistleblowers in Tunis, Tunisia who were challenging lending practices involving international aid being administered by the African Development Bank.[citation needed]

Legal education[edit]

Guyer has given lectures at the Drexel University School of Law,[6] The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania,[7] Central University of Finance and Economics,[8] Anhui Agricultural University,[9][10] and at the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Practicing Law Institute, New York. He has presented webinars for the Accountability Project[11] and the American Association for Justice,[12]


  • Thad M. Guyer and Stephani L. Ayers, "The Dimensions of Sarbanes-Oxley Federal Question Jurisdiction", Practicing Law Institute, 718 PLI/Lit 331 (January 2005). [6]
  • Thad M. Guyer, Oregon Bar Bulletin, "Email and Horror: The critical need for e-mail redundancy" July 2002.[13]
  • Thad M. Guyer, "Behind the Technology Curve: Affordable Solutions for Lawyers without Lots of Money", Washington State Bar News, February 2003.[14]
  • Robert S. Catz & Thad M. Guyer, "Federal in Forma Pauperis Litigation: In Search of Judicial Standards", 31 Rutgers Law Review 655 (1979), cited in Case, J., 90 KYLJ 701 Kentucky Law Journal, "Pro Se Litigants at the Summary Judgment Stage".[15]
  • Thad M. Guyer, Survey of Local Civil Discovery Procedures, (Fed. Judicial Center 1977), cited in Edward F. Sherman, Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, "The Evolution of American Civil Trial Process: Towards Greater Congruence with Continental Practice", Spring 1999; and "Report to the President and the Attorney General", 80 F.R.D. 509 January 22, 1979. [7]
  • Thad M. Guyer and Debra F. Lee, "The Ethics of Poor Law Firm Management in the Legal Services System", 13 Clearinghouse Rev. 484 (1979), cited in "Conceiving a Lawyer's Duty to the Poor", 19 Hofstra Law Review 885 Summer, 1991


  1. ^ Nuke Waste Storage Plans Rapped "Nuke Waste Storage Plans Rapped".
  2. ^ Aleyska Pipeline"Alyeska Last Whistleblowers Settle". Anchorage Daily News. August 25, 1995.
  3. ^ Oregon Woman "Wins $365,000 in Whistleblower Suit". Archived from the original on 2010-02-09.
  4. ^ US Court of Appeals "Rejects Whistleblower Case Against Wyeth".
  5. ^ Shawn Carpenter Case "Sandia Hacker Gets $4 Million: Analyst Fired For FBI Contact".
  6. ^ Drexel Lecture "Whistle-Blowing in Health Care: A Public Good?".
  7. ^ Wharton Lecture "Regulatory Environment - Enabling Efficiency in Finance". Archived from the original on 2006-11-28.
  8. ^ CUFE lecture "美国著名律师Thad M. Guyer阐释奥巴马新政下的市场社会主义运动" (in Chinese).
  9. ^ Anhui Agricultural University Lecture "美国著名律师Thad Guyer到人文社会科学学院讲学" (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2007-07-06.
  10. ^ Hefei Government Write-up 安徽农业大学邀请外国律师讲法律课 (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2011-07-07.
  11. ^ "Litigating Whistleblower Retaliation Claims under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008".[1]
  12. ^ "Representing Whistleblowers: Protecting Employees from Retaliation under Garcetti".[2]
  13. ^ Oregon State Bar "The Critical Need for e-mail Redundancy".
  14. ^ Washington State Bar"Behind the Technology Curve: Affordable Solutions for Lawyers without Lots of Money".
  15. ^ Rutgers Law Review "Federal in Forma Pauperis Litigation: In Search of Judicial Standards".

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