Thami joined Marler Clark in 2020 after completing a Master of Laws (LL.M) at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a focus in public interest litigation and policy. During his time at UCLA, Thami was awarded with the "2020 LLM U. Serve L.A. award" by UCLA's Department of Public Interest Law and Policy, which is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to public interest law work. He also received the UCLA LL.M Promise Institute Award, given to two LL.M students who have demonstrated excellence in Human Rights during their LL.M. year.
Before pursuing his LL.M at UCLA, Thami worked as an attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa where he was involved in several high-profile class action lawsuits including getting compensation for South African gold miners who contracted silicosis, and more recently in seeking compensation for victims of the world’s largest and deadliest listeriosis outbreak that took place in South Africa in 2017 and 2018. It is the latter that that led him to pursue a legal career in foodborne illness litigation.
Born and raised in South Africa, Thami completed his LL.B. at the University of Cape Town in 2014, and a Bachelor of Social Science degree in political and legal studies from the same institution in 2012. He enjoys watching and playing soccer and rugby as well as spending time in the outdoors.