Craig A. Thompson

Partner
Thompson Craig

Craig Thompson represents clients in the areas of commercial litigation, product liability, premises liability, and personal injury. Craig is an assertive trial lawyer and legal counselor with significant experience handling civil cases before federal and state courts throughout the country. His knowledge of technology, legal, and business administration enables him to resolve numerous cases by assessing liability and developing risk management strategies. His professional motto — "add value and provide solutions" — has guided him in the service of clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to mezzanine-level companies. He also has a thriving practice representing pharmacies against claims of alleged drug misfills. 

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Served as lead trial counsel on behalf of the state of Maryland in ground-breaking litigation concerning higher education funding and programs
  • Served as lead counsel and first-chair counsel in a jury trial on behalf of a leading American grocery store chain facing allegations of pharmacy error; obtained a defense verdict
  • Obtained defense verdicts for an international pharmaceutical company in major products liability trials in various states
  • After arguments before a state court judge, secured summary judgment in favor of an industry association and three of the leading product manufacturers in a lawsuit challenging a Baltimore City ban on individual sales of the particular product
  • Served as second chair on 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
  • Served as a member of the trial team for pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, in litigation involving its drug Mirapex
  • Participated as a member of the trial team that negotiated a multi-billion-dollar settlement for the state of Maryland, the largest in Maryland history
  • Participated as a member of the team that defended a major pharmaceutical company in national litigation concerning one of its products; identified and developed expert witnesses
  • Managed and defended a multi-defendant personal injury claim on behalf of a major paint manufacturer
  • Defended an international retailer against a commercial racial profiling claim
  • Serves in advisory roles for prominent local, state, and national politicians

Pro Hac Vice Admissions

  • California
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. University of Maryland School of Law 1995
    • Listed in Who’s Who Among American Law Students
    • Alumni Association Award (presented to a member of the graduating class who exhibits outstanding service to the law school through qualities of character and leadership)
    • "Proud and Positive" Award
    • President - BLSA
    • President - Law School Debate Society
  • B.A. University of Maryland 1992
    • (Dual Degree)
    • Listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
    • Dean’s List
    • Outstanding Attorney – Eastern Regional Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament
    • Byrd/Elkins Outstanding Male Senior Finalist
    • OMSE Award for Academic Excellence

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court of the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Former chair, Venable's Diversity Committee — led the firm’s inclusion and diversity initiatives for five years
  • President, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) (elected during the IADC's annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, and will serve a one-year term through 2019; former member, IADC board; faculty member, 2013 IADC Trial Academy)
  • Member, American Bar Association 
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association 
  • Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City 
  • Member, Monumental City Bar Association 
  • Member, Defense Research Institute 
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America 
  • Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Member, Maryland Defense Counsel
  • Member, J. Dudley Digges Inn of Court
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates 
  • Member, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Featured Columnist, Diversity and the Bar, Minority Corporate Counsel Association 
  • Past column writer, The Daily Record
  • Auditing Panel Member, Baltimore City Public School System Office of Legislative Audits, Maryland General Assembly, 2004
  • Past adjunct professor, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Past lecturer, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Past lecturer, Howard University School of Law
  • Past lecturer, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University
  • Past lecturer, Washington and Lee School of Law
  • Past lecturer, College of William & Mary School of Law
  • Past keynote speaker, Sylvania Woods Conference, American University Washington College of Law

Recognition
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According to Chambers USA, Craig is described as "a very talented trial lawyer." According to interviewees, "he has amazing presence; he makes an instant connection with the jury and is able to build an excellent narrative out of the facts."

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - 2020
  • Named a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer," Benchmark Litigation, 2018 - 2020
  • Ranked by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star," 2020
  • Recognized as a Life Sciences Star by LMG Life Sciences, 2019
  • Named a "Thought Leader," Who's Who Legal, Life Sciences: Product Liability, Product Liability Defense, Litigation; 2018
  • Recipient, University of Maryland "Hiram Whittle Legacy Award," 2018
  • Appointed by Catherine Pugh, Mayor-Elect of Baltimore City, as a member of her administration's Education and Youth Development Transition Committee, 2016
  • Elected member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Member, The National Black Lawyers: Top 100
  • Recognized in Chambers USA, Products Liability & Mass Torts, Nationwide, 2016 - 2019
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Included in Maryland Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2018
  • Recognized in Legal 500, Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2012, 2014 - 2015, 2019
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal, Life Sciences and Product Liability Defense, 2012 - 2017; and Litigation, 2017
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition, Personal Injury Defense: Products, Baltimore, 2013
  • Listed in Who's Who in Black Baltimore 2010
  • Named in "Influential Marylanders," the Daily Record, 2009
  • Named "Business Advocate of the Year," Black CEO Summit, 2007
  • Named "Alumnus of the Year," University of Maryland School of Law BLSA, 2006
  • Included in "Leadership in Law," the Daily Record, 2005
  • Named "Outstanding Young Alumnus," University of Maryland, 2001
  • Twice listed in the Baltimore Business Journal as one of Baltimore’s "40 Under 40," June 2001 and September 1999
  • Named "Practitioner of the Year," University of Maryland School of Law, 2000
  • Named as an "Emerging Leader," Monumental City Bar Association, 2000
  • Graduate, Leadership Program, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee, 1996
  • "Craig Anthony Thompson Day," decreed by Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, May 23, 1992
  • Elected Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)

Community
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Volunteerism

  • Member, board of trustees, University of Maryland, College Park Foundation
  • Member, board of trustees, University of Maryland Children's Hospital
  • Member, board of trustees, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Past board member, Hospice of Baltimore
  • Past board member, National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Personal Activities

  • Authored a series of children's books on African-American history