Douglas G. Thompson, Jr.
Stanford Univ., J.D., 1969
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Douglas G. Thompson has specialized in administrative and civil trial and appellate litigation in private practice for over thirty years. His practice has been concentrated in the areas of securities, antitrust, commodities, banking, communications, and other complex business and financial transactions. Mr. Thompson has represented clients in federal court and before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Copyright Royalty Tribunal, and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. During the late 1980's and early 1990's, Mr. Thompson litigated securities and commodities claims in failed savings and loan cases on behalf of the RTC and FDIC. More recently Mr. Thompson has turned to the litigation of nationwide antitrust, market manipulation and securities fraud class actions and has been plaintiffs' co-lead counsel, or has served on the plaintiffs' executive committee, in a number of major matters, including Microsoft antitrust, natural gas commodity price manipulation, Sumitomo copper price manipulation and the Merrill Lynch research report fraud litigation. Mr. Thompson also continues to act as defense counsel in securities enforcement matters and recently acted as lead trial counsel in the successful defense of insider trading claims brought by the SEC.
Mr. Thompson received his A.B. and M.A. degrees in economics from Stanford University and his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1969. He taught at the Stanford Law School in 1969-70 and clerked for Judge Ben. C. Duniway of the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in 1970-71. Following his clerkship, Mr. Thompson joined the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, D.C., where he was a litigator in communications and securities law. In 1977, he joined with Mr. Finkelstein in the formation of the firm now known as Finkelstein Thompson LLP.
Mr. Thompson is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the State of California and of several federal district and appellate courts. Mr. Thompson practices in the Washington, D.C. office.