Steve Thompson is a trial lawyer who has tried cases in courts and arbitral forums across the United States. He represents schools, coaches, governing bodies and athletes in matters pending before the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and United States Olympic Committee (USOC). In addition to sports-related matters, Steve also represents clients in complex commercial litigation, product liability and mass tort, professional liability, securities, intellectual property and governmental relations. His experience includes trials, arbitration and mediation in a variety of commercial situations.
My trial practice is focused on three main areas:
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 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.
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.
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude
University of Wisconsin, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit