Law Office of James J. Thompson, Jr.

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Having been a trial lawyer for 40 years, Mr. Thompson has handled civil cases of all types in both State and Federal Courts in Alabama and throughout the United States resulting in million dollar verdicts. He has been involved in cases in the states of Florida, Arkansas, California, Texas, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, Idaho, Tennessee, New York and Michigan. His cases have involved catastrophic injury and death involving airplane crashes, both in general aviation as well as airline crashes, nursing home abuse, product liability, product failures, and personal injury. He has been involved in hundreds of jury cases and trials while representing catastrophically injured clients.

For years Mr. Thompson represented the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and was involved in scores of cases involving injury to the railroad workers of America’s railroads. He has been involved in admiralty cases and served as a lead counsel in the Amtrak disaster involving 47 deaths when a tugboat destroyed a bridge upon which an Amtrak train was traveling near Mobile, Alabama. The cases tried by Mr. Thompson rising out of this disaster resulted in million dollar verdicts for his clients.  Mr. Thompson has been a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association.  He is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Alabama and the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

He also served as lead counsel in a class action case on behalf of the class of several thousand Florida businesses and residents against Microsoft Corporation resulting in a settlement of $200,000,000. He also represented plaintiffs arising out of the mid-air collision over the Grand Canyon where 25 people lost their lives.  He was lead counsel in the AmTrak disaster at Bayou Canot near Mobile, Alabama and in the Bausch & Lomb contact lens litigation.

Mr. Thompson has been involved in the trial of airline crash cases involving international airlines, resulting in the award of punitive damages based on the wanton misconduct of the airline crew, thus expanding the law of damages allowed under the Warsaw Convention. He has successfully tried numerous cases resulting in million dollar verdicts and has had the privilege of representing catastrophically injured clients and the survivors of their families.

Mr. Thompson has been recognized by his peers in the practice of law by being inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (has served as Dean of the Academy). He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has enjoyed the highest peer review ratings which attest to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics based on confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. He has been recognized and selected by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers and a top five aviation attorney in the State of Alabama. He was recognized by Lawdragon 500 which includes less than .01% of all lawyers in the U.S. The group consists of "the nation’s most trusted attorneys in the courtroom". He is an active member and former President of the Southern Museum of Flight Foundation and has for many years served on its Board of Directors and also is a member of the Lawyer Pilot’s Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar, and has chaired committees involving air taxi and commercial airlines. He is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). He is a designated lawyer for the Aircraft Pilots and Owners Association Legal Services Program.

Mr. Thompson was born and raised in a small town in south Alabama where his father was a country lawyer. He is one of seven currently practicing attorneys in his family. He has a passion for aviation and has been a pilot since 1963. He is an Airline Transport Pilot, the highest license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. He has flown 67 different types of aircraft and has over 5,000 hours of flight time. He is rated in sea planes, gliders, multi-engine aircraft and jets. He has owned and flown numerous World War II aircraft including the P-51 Mustang. He regularly flies the firm's Citation jet in which he is qualified to fly single pilot.


The Historic Massey Building
2025 3rd Avenue North
Suite 216
Birmingham, Alabama  35203
Phone: (205) 327-9290
Fax: (205) 327-9299

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