Steve Thompson is a trial lawyer who has tried cases in courts and arbitral forums across the United States. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation, product liability and mass tort, professional liability, securities, intellectual property, sports and governmental relations. His experience includes trials, arbitration and mediation in a variety of commercial situations. Steve also represents schools, coaches, governing bodies and athletes in matters pending before the NCAA and USOC.
My trial practice is focused on three main areas:
I represent clients in commercial and contract disputes, with an emphasis on post-acquisition disputes for buyers or sellers in private equity. I am the first-chair trial lawyer in bet-the-company cases involving claims of fraud, contract breaches and other corporate disappointments.
I am active in the litigation and resolution of product liability and mass tort actions, and represent clients as trial and national coordinating counsel.
In a unique niche, I represent NCAA member institutions and coaches in matters pending before the NCAA Committee of Infractions. I also represent professional athletes, amateur athletes and sports governing bodies in other types of disputes, including myriad commercial situations and disputes over athlete selection for the U.S. Olympic Teams in advance of the Olympic Games.
I see acquirers continuing to focus on maximizing transaction value through post-acquisition litigation, and in the sports world, I expect gradual but dramatic shifts in the governance environment.
USA Today | May 07, 2018
Chicago commercial litigation partner Steve Thompson is mentioned in this article for his focus on NCAA infractions issues and his representation of the University of Louisville in recent related matters.
USA Today | October 21, 2016
Chicago Commercial Litigation partner Steve Thompson was mentioned in dozens of articles following the announcement about the NCAA’s notice of allegations regarding violations in the University of Louisville’s Men’s Basketball Program. Steve, who represents the university, participated in a press conference about this news.
Yahoo! Sports | April 06, 2016
This article notes additional sanctions that the University of Louisville plans to impose on the men’s basketball program in the continued fallout of a scandal involving players. Chicago partner Steve Thompson, the University’s outside legal counsel advising on this matter, is quoted.
CNN | March 11, 2016
Chicago partner Steve Thompson provides third-party commentary in this feature article on what’s next following Maria Sharapova’s recent admission to a failed drug test.
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude
University of Wisconsin, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit