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Jay T. Thompson

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
jay.thompson@nelsonmullins.com

Jay Thompson is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and Consumer Product Safety, Risk Prevention & Regulatory Compliance Practice Group. He practices in the areas of consumer product safety counseling, product liability litigation, and trucking and transportation litigation, in addition to Constitutional and First Amendment litigation and counseling. He also represents businesses in business...

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Jay Thompson is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and Consumer Product Safety, Risk Prevention & Regulatory Compliance Practice Group. He practices in the areas of consumer product safety counseling, product liability litigation, and trucking and transportation litigation, in addition to Constitutional and First Amendment litigation and counseling. He also represents businesses in business and commercial litigation and premises liability litigation.

In the area of consumer product safety, Jay advises product manufacturers, importers, and sellers in all aspects of consumer product safety regulation and compliance, including compliance plans, evaluating field data, root cause investigations, reporting responsibilities under the CPSA and CPSIA, managing recalls, civil penalty investigations, FOIA requests to the CPSC, and responding to complaints posted on the SaferProducts.gov website. He also advises regarding FTC regulatory compliance issues and product warranties. He defends manufacturers, importers, and sellers in product liability lawsuits involving recalled products and non-recalled products. He advises and defends clients regarding all types of consumer products, specifically including off-road vehicles, outdoor power equipment, and outdoor recreational products.

In the area of trucking and transportation litigation, Jay has experience representing motor carriers and intermodal equipment providers in litigation matters involving personal injury and property damage, ranging from fatalities and catastrophic loss to small claims. He represents the largest equipment rental company in the world as well as one of the largest renters of do-it-yourself moving equipment.

In the area of Constitutional and First Amendment litigation and counseling, Jay has a wide range of experience involving freedom of speech, expression, and assembly, the interplay of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses, and other Constitutional issues. He has represented the South Carolina Department of Education in litigation and serves as First Amendment counsel for a major NCAA Division I public university. He has prepared and submitted amicus briefs involving numerous Constitutional and First Amendment issues in high-profile cases before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Tenth Circuits, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Jay is committed to pro bono service and received the Claude M. Scarborough, Jr. Pro Bono Award in 2010.

Jay is admitted to all state and federal courts in the state of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

and commercial litigation and premises liability litigation.

In the area of consumer product safety, Jay advises product manufacturers, importers, and sellers in all aspects of consumer product safety regulation and compliance, including compliance plans, evaluating field data, root cause investigations, reporting responsibilities under the CPSA and CPSIA, managing recalls, civil penalty investigations, FOIA requests to the CPSC, and responding to complaints posted on the SaferProducts.gov website. He also advises regarding FTC regulatory compliance issues and product warranties. He defends manufacturers, importers, and sellers in product liability lawsuits involving recalled products and non-recalled products. He advises and defends clients regarding all types of consumer products, specifically including off-road vehicles, outdoor power equipment, and outdoor recreational products.

In the area of trucking and transportation litigation, Jay has experience representing motor carriers and intermodal equipment providers in litigation matters involving personal injury and property damage, ranging from fatalities and catastrophic loss to small claims. He represents the largest equipment rental company in the world as well as one of the largest renters of do-it-yourself moving equipment.

In the area of Constitutional and First Amendment litigation and counseling, Jay has a wide range of experience involving freedom of speech, expression, and assembly, the interplay of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses, and other Constitutional issues. He has represented the South Carolina Department of Education in litigation and serves as First Amendment counsel for a major NCAA Division I public university. He has prepared and submitted amicus briefs involving numerous Constitutional and First Amendment issues in high-profile cases before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Tenth Circuits, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Jay is committed to pro bono service and received the Claude M. Scarborough, Jr. Pro Bono Award in 2010.

Jay is admitted to all state and federal courts in the state of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Jay Thompson is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and Consumer Product Safety, Risk Prevention & Regulatory Compliance Practice Group. He practices in the areas of consumer product safety counseling, product liability litigation, and trucking and transportation litigation, in addition to Constitutional and First Amendment litigation and counseling. He also represents businesses in business... and commercial litigation and premises liability litigation.

In the area of consumer product safety, Jay advises product manufacturers, importers, and sellers in all aspects of consumer product safety regulation and compliance, including compliance plans, evaluating field data, root cause investigations, reporting responsibilities under the CPSA and CPSIA, managing recalls, civil penalty investigations, FOIA requests to the CPSC, and responding to complaints posted on the SaferProducts.gov website. He also advises regarding FTC regulatory compliance issues and product warranties. He defends manufacturers, importers, and sellers in product liability lawsuits involving recalled products and non-recalled products. He advises and defends clients regarding all types of consumer products, specifically including off-road vehicles, outdoor power equipment, and outdoor recreational products.

In the area of trucking and transportation litigation, Jay has experience representing motor carriers and intermodal equipment providers in litigation matters involving personal injury and property damage, ranging from fatalities and catastrophic loss to small claims. He represents the largest equipment rental company in the world as well as one of the largest renters of do-it-yourself moving equipment.

In the area of Constitutional and First Amendment litigation and counseling, Jay has a wide range of experience involving freedom of speech, expression, and assembly, the interplay of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses, and other Constitutional issues. He has represented the South Carolina Department of Education in litigation and serves as First Amendment counsel for a major NCAA Division I public university. He has prepared and submitted amicus briefs involving numerous Constitutional and First Amendment issues in high-profile cases before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Tenth Circuits, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Jay is committed to pro bono service and received the Claude M. Scarborough, Jr. Pro Bono Award in 2010.

Jay is admitted to all state and federal courts in the state of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Experience

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Previous Professional Experience

  • Systems Analyst & Programmer, Michelin Tire Corporation

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (2006)
    • Recipient, Victor A. Michalewitz Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
    • Recipient, G.G. Dowling Student Award for exemplifying the qualities and integrity, concern for others and demonstration of scholarship achievement
    • Member, South Carolina Law Review
    • Vice Chairperson, Honor Council
    • Student Member, John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court
  • Furman University, BS, Computer Science and Computer Science/Mathematics (2001)
    • Furman Scholar
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Furman Hall of Leaders 

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

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Industries

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  • Claude M. Scarborough, Jr. Pro Bono Award (2010)
  • Board of Directors, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Allied Attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy (2011)
  • Alliance Defending Freedom National Litigation Academy (2010)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association Trial Academy (2009)
  • Past Chairperson, Professional Development Committee of the Young Lawyers Division, South Carolina Bar
  • First Presbyterian Church 
    • Elder, Clerk of Session, teaches high school Sunday School 
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