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Baltimore, MD (September 29, 2017) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that Craig A. Thompson, a partner in the firm's product liability and mass torts practice, has been ranked among the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America" for 2018 by Benchmark Litigation. The annual ranking, based on months of research and peer and client surveys, recognizes the elite trial strategists in their respective fields.

Mr. Thompson is an experienced and assertive trial lawyer and legal counselor with more than 20 years of experience handling civil cases before federal and state courts throughout the country. He represents clients in the areas of commercial litigation, product liability, premises liability, and personal injury.

Some of Mr. Thompson's key representations have included serving as lead trial counsel on behalf of the State of Maryland in ground-breaking litigation concerning higher education funding and programs, serving as lead counsel and first chair in a successful jury trial on behalf of a leading American grocery store chain facing suit for an alleged pharmacy error, and serving as lead counsel of a trial team that secured a defense verdict for a leading pharmaceutical company in a bellwether products liability case that was used to help determine how numerous other claims would be tried.

Mr. Thompson is president-elect of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). The IADC is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. Founded in 1920, the IADC's members hail from six continents, 51 countries and territories, and all 50 U.S. states. He also serves on the board of trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and the University of Maryland Children's Hospital.

At Venable, Mr. Thompson is a member of the firm's board of directors and the former chair of the firm's Diversity Committee.

In addition to Mr. Thompson being named to Benchmark Litigation's "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" list, Venable attorneys David J. Heubeck, Geoffrey R. Garinther, Stephen E. Marshall, and Paul F. Strain were all selected for inclusion in the publication's national ranking of litigators.

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