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Deborah St. Lawrence Thompson

Partner

100 S. Charles Street
Suite 1600
Baltimore, MD 21201
deborah.thompson@nelsonmullins.com

Deborah St. Lawrence Thompson represents a broad array of clients in complex cases in jurisdictions around the country, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, mass tort litigation, products liability, toxic torts, labor and employment law. Ms. Thompson also coordinates commercial and products liability litigation outside the United States. She has earned a reputation among her...

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Deborah St. Lawrence Thompson represents a broad array of clients in complex cases in jurisdictions around the country, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, mass tort litigation, products liability, toxic torts, labor and employment law. Ms. Thompson also coordinates commercial and products liability litigation outside the United States. She has earned a reputation among her peers as a tough litigator who carefully prepares each case with a common sense, efficient, practical focus to meet client needs and goals.

peers as a tough litigator who carefully prepares each case with a common sense, efficient, practical focus to meet client needs and goals.

Deborah St. Lawrence Thompson represents a broad array of clients in complex cases in jurisdictions around the country, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, mass tort litigation, products liability, toxic torts, labor and employment law. Ms. Thompson also coordinates commercial and products liability litigation outside the United States. She has earned a reputation among her... peers as a tough litigator who carefully prepares each case with a common sense, efficient, practical focus to meet client needs and goals.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Defends manufacturers and distributors involved in industrywide toxic tort litigation on local, regional, national, and international levels
  • Represents national and regional clients in courts throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia in all aspects of litigation and litigation management
  • Provides key leadership and coordination to ensure firm’s national clients receive optimal, efficient and coordinated legal services
  • Currently defending thousands of asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death cases filed in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Represents public sector employers in both traditional labor and employment law matters
  • Represents private and public sector employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies in Maryland and the District of Columbia in matters involving discrimination claims, wage and hour issues, and contract and tort claims 
  • Counsels clients regarding strategies and compliance with the multitude of labor and employment laws applicable to their operations, including assisting in the development and establishment of employment policies and procedures; training managers, supervisors, EEO investigators, and staff on EEO and supervisory and disciplinary matters

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law, JD, with honors (1997)
  • University of the West Indies, BSc, with honors (1990)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

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  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Top 250 Women in Litigation (2019-2020)
    • General Commercial, Product Liability (2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® -- Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2020)
  • Global Manufacturing Client's "Legal Eagle" Award (2014)
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Black Law Student Association, "Practitioner of the Year" (2015)
  • Federal Bar Association Maryland Chapter, Board of Directors
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Member
  • IADC 45th Annual Trial Academy (2017) - Faculty Member
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Greater Baltimore Committee's LEADERship Class, Graduate (2014)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Monumental City Bar Association
  • Living Classrooms Foundation, Board of Trustees 
  • Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
    • Baltimore Chapter - Bylaws Chair and Parliamentarian
  • Associated Black Charities
  • Humanim, The Human Services Company
  • Howard County Local Children's Board (2012)
  • National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, Greater Baltimore Chapter, Former General Counsel
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