Tomas Thompson

Partner • tthompson@vockelawgroup.com
Direct Dial: 312.238.9321
Mobile: 312.965.8934

Tom Thompson is a litigation attorney with significant experience representing sophisticated clients in high profile disputes across the country, including parallel proceedings, class actions, multi-district litigation, catastrophic torts, and arbitrations. Tom's broad range of experience spans litigation and counseling on cutting edge insurance, accounting, and technology issues.

In the insurance industry, Tom has handled a wide range of matters for property and casualty insurers and reinsurers, including disputes arising from professional liabilities, extra-contractual liabilities and bad faith claims, surplus lines, retrospectively-rated and other loss-sensitive programs, and off-shore and on-shore captives. Tom advises on broker and MGA disputes, bankrupt insureds and insolvent insurers, excess insurers and drop down issues, rate regulations, statutory accounting, and aggregation issues. Clients regularly turn to Tom for complex coverage matters, class actions, regulatory investigations, and reinsurance arbitrations.

Tom also has significant experience representing issuers, auditors, and other professionals in shareholder derivative and securities actions and in responding to SEC investigations, where his experience with technology, data privacy and cybersecurity is frequently an asset. Tom is a frequent speaker and writer on technology and data privacy issues, and has handled cyber and trade secret investigations as well as disputes over technology acquisition and implementation.

Tom is a 2001 graduate, with honors, of the University of Montana School of Law, where he was an editor of the Public Land and Resources Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of Wabash College.

  • Obtained dismissal prior to discovery of putative class action complaint against flood insurer for purportedly excessive premiums.
  • Won summary judgment declaring no duty to defend or indemnify title company under professional liability policy where complaint included negligence counts arising from mortgage stacking and loans to straw buyers.
  • Obtained $200 million interpleader judgment in complex mass tort litigation arising from commuter rail collision involving 25 fatalities and multiple injuries.
  • Successful defense of global reinsurer in consolidated federal multidistrict litigation as well as state court class actions against RICO, fraud, and deepened insolvency claims arising from the collapse of a reciprocal casualty insurance company and related risk retention groups.
  • Successful defense of a large national insurer and service as liaison counsel for industry defendants in numerous related state and federal class actions involving allegations of fraud in the pricing of workers’ compensation insurance for loss-sensitive commercial insurance programs.
  • Served as national counsel to industry insurers to obtain victories or nuisance-value settlements after favorable decisions from Montana Supreme Court in series of “common fund” class actions challenging constitutionality of workers’ compensation laws and seeking retroactive benefits.
  • Successful defense of global accounting and auditing firms from audit malpractice claims in state and federal courts, including parachuting in to take over defense after appellate reversal of audit malpractice jury verdict exceeding $500 million arising from involvement of bank in factoring fraud.
  • Representation of issuers and auditors in responding to numerous SEC and PCAOB informal and formal investigations over revenue recognition and valuation issues, among others.
  • Obtained dismissal of shareholder derivative claims and direct disclosure claims brought against mining company and outside directors during proxy battle, and dismissal of state law fraud and breach of fiduciary claims brought against REIT over valuation and dividend reinvestment program.
  • Defense of healthcare turnaround consulting firm against allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty arising from failed implementation of multi-hospital IT system.
  • Recovered millions in settlement following forensic investigation and trade secret action against client’s former employees and competitor that hired them and misappropriated training materials and confidential customer information.
  • Panelist on “Data Security: Risks and Preparation” at the HB Midwest Corporate Counsel & Compliance Forum, Chicago 2016.
  • Co-Chair of the Technology Subcommittee of the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program Committee from 2011-2016, including organization and service as moderator of panel on technology-assisted review with industry thought leaders, Tech Talk on mobile device discovery, and other CLE presentations.
  • Faculty/Counsel for ARIAS-US Intensive Arbitrator Training Workshop.
  • CLE presentation on Political Violence Insurance Coverage presented to in-house legal departments in London, NY, Baltimore, and Chicago.
  • Moderator for discussions on "Developments in Search" and "Where Proportionality Meets Possession, Custody and Control," at Today's General Counsel, Chicago 2016.
  • Panelist on the "Benefits and Challenges in Creating an Information Governance Program," Masters Conference, Chicago 2016, and various other topics at Masters Conferences in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston.
  • Panelist for "Got Data - Analytics to the Rescue," at Ingenious Southeast Ediscovery and IG Retreat, Atlanta 2016.
  • Discussion leader on "IG in the 'eWorkplace' Era and Its Impact on eDiscovery," Today's General Counsel, Chicago 2015.
  • Presentation on "Navigating EU Data Privacy Regulation" for the Merrill Strategic Advisory Board 2015.
  • Speaker on "Data Privacy" at CALSM-posium 2014, and other topics in prior years.
  • kCura RAR Newsletter: Jay Leib Interviews Tom Thompson of DLA Piper, July 2013.
  • "Ethically Navigating E-Discovery: Resolving Pressure Points Among Client, Counsel and Vendor," Live and Webcast Ethics CLE, New York 2013.
  • Co-author, Chapter 6, "Production of Data," and Chapter 7, "Costs," in E-Discovery (IICLE 2012).