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Peter Thompson, Esq.
Peter Thompson has over 30 years of experience litigating attorney liability cases for both plaintiffs and defense, working with legal malpractice insurance claims personnel and insurance company executives, advising law firms on ethics, and testifying in court for both sides in hundreds of attorney duty cases regarding standard of practice, conflicts of interest and ethics for attorneys. Mr. Thompson is dedicating his career to resolving all types of attorney-related claims including negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. He is also experienced in law partnership dissolution matters and fee disputes between attorneys and clients. Known as the “Lawyer’s Lawyer”, Mr. Thompson has taught extensively in the area of attorney-related responsibilities and has resolved numerous fee disputes for the San Diego County Bar Association. His vast experience in legal malpractice cases, combined with his respectful approach and extraordinary people skills make him uniquely suited to resolve even the most complex attorney-related claims.
MEDIATION ONLY
  • This neutral is available only for cases involving Mediation.
LEGAL CAREER & PRIOR EXPERIENCE
  • Full-Time, Mediator (2009-present)
  • Peter R. Thompson, Attorney at Law (2005-2009)
  • Trial Attorney, Thompson and Thompson (1994-2005)
  • Judge Pro Tem, San Diego Superior Court (1992-2001)
  • Trial Attorney, Thompson and McIntyre (1990-1994)
  • Trial Attorney, Thompson and Thompson (1983-1990)
  • Litigation Associate, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps (1980-1983)
  • Law Clerk, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps (1979-1980)
  • Law Clerk, United States Attorneys Office Civil Division (1978-1979)
  • Student Prosecutor, San Diego City Attorney (1978)
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law; Cum Laude (1980)
  • Hastings College of Law Center for Trial Advocacy, College of Advocacy (1982)
  • B.A., University of Southern California; Cum Laude (1977)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (2002-present)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1983-2005)
  • California Trial Lawyers Association (1983-2005)
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (1982-2005); Board of Directors (1990, 1991);
  • Chairman Judicial Relations Committee (1990-1991)
  • San Diego County Bar Association (1980-2005); Fee Arbitration Committee (1986-2005); Judicial Evaluation Committee (1992, 1994); Legal Malpractice Committee (1999-2005); Fast Track Monitoring Committee (1988-1989)
  • Bar Association/Medical Society Joint Committee (1990, 1991)
  • American Inn of Court - Welch Chapter - Barrister (1990-1991)
ADR EXPERIENCE & SPECIALTIES
  • All matters relating to the conduct of the practice of law by lawyers, including:
  • Lawyers Professional Negligence
  • Breaches of fiduciary duty as outlined by the California Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Attorney-Client Fee disputes
  • Attorney-Attorney Fee disputes (referral fees, contingency fee splits)
  • Attorney-Client Billing disputes
  • Law Partnership/Corporate dissolution disputes (practice valuation, transfer of clients/cases, solicitation of clients, hourly and contingency fee splits)
  • Partner/Member and Associate compensation disputes
  • Attorney and third party expert fee disputes
  • Non-medical professional negligence, including:
  • Insurance Broker and Agent negligence
  • Accountant negligence
  • Real estate appraiser negligence
  • Bank negligence
ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association's "Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award" (1991)
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s “Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award” (2001)
  • California Lawyer, named as one of the top nine plaintiffs legal malpractice attorneys in California (2002)
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America for plaintiffs legal malpractice litigation by American Lawyer Magazine (2002-present)
  • Martindale - Hubbell AV-rated (1989-2005)
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
  • Wine, food, golf, running
    Commitment to children’s charities and programs throughout California
LOCATIONS
  • All of California