Peter Thompson has over 30 years of experience litigating and resolving attorney liability cases for both plaintiffs and defense. He has extensive trial experience having tried legal malpractice cases to both judges and juries, in numerous Federal and State courts throughout the United States. He has worked with legal malpractice insurance claims personnel and insurance company executives on legal malpractice insurance coverage and liability limits issues. Throughout his career Mr. Thompson has been called on to advise law firms on ethics. Both plaintiffs and attorney defendants have called Mr. Thompson to testify as a legal expert in court on over 100 occasions in cases regarding standard of practice, conflicts of interest and ethics for attorneys. Mr. Thompson is currently dedicating his career to resolving all types of attorney-related claims including negligence and breach of fiduciary duty through mediation. 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. As a member of the San Diego County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee, has resolved complex and simple fee disputes. 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.
Peter Thompson did an excellent job on a difficult case on a case with very little likelihood
of reaching a resolution. I would definitely use Peter again.
- Attorney, San Francisco, California
Peter Thompson was better than excellent. He was able to effect a settlement in a very difficult case.
We are very satisfied.
- Attorney, Northern California
If Peter wasn't so diligent and so patient, our case would have never been settled. Our client
required very careful handling and he made all the right moves.
- Attorney, San Diego, California
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)
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
A few of his interests include wine, food, playing golf and running. Peter is also very committed to Children's Charities and Programs throughout California