David Thompson is the Managing Partner of Cooper & Kirk and joined the firm at its founding. Mr. Thompson has extensive trial and appellate experience in a wide range of matters. Mr. Thompson was awarded an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1991, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1994, Mr. Thompson received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
In commercial matters, Mr. Thompson has had significant trial experience in litigating large claims for plaintiffs and defendants. Serving as the de facto general counsel to several private companies, Mr. Thompson has developed significant practical business experience, which allows him to be extremely effective in litigating commercial disputes. He recently led the firm’s trial team that won a $205 million verdict in AmBase Corp. v. United States. Previously, he won an $18 million trial verdict in a breach of contract case for Bank of America. More broadly, Mr. Thompson has prepared complex damage analyses in antitrust, securities, and breach of contract cases. In connection with these matters, Mr. Thompson has taken hundreds of depositions of senior executives, expert witnesses, high ranking government and university officials, employees, and union leaders.
Mr. Thompson also has extensive experience in constitutional litigation. Mr. Thompson has litigated numerous cases involving freedom of speech, civil rights, voting rights, takings of property, Second Amendment, and separation of powers issues.
Mr. Thompson has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center and a visiting professor at the University of Georgia Law School’s DC campus. The class he taught most recently is Lawyering in Public, a course focusing on how to litigate high profile cases. He is also a frequent speaker on trial tactics.
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