Douglas Thompson is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office. In this role, he leads initiatives focused on strategic growth, client service, diversity and professional development. Immediately prior to this role, Mr. Thompson led the firm's Class and Derivative Actions Client Service Group from 2011 through 2016. In that role, he oversaw the class action and complex litigation practice involving more than 125 lawyers and coordinated strategic initiatives related to that practice.
Mr. Thompson represents financial services institutions and other businesses defending against putative consumer class action matters in federal and state courts across the country. Over the past five years, he has represented clients in more than 45 putative class actions. For financial institution clients, he has defended claims under federal consumer lending laws such as the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), as well as state unfair and deceptive acts or practices (UDAP) statutes. For other businesses, he has defended statutory claims arising from business operations as well as UDAP and unjust enrichment challenges. In connection with these matters, he has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous federal district courts.
Mr. Thompson has counseled clients with respect to regulatory and government agency investigations and other complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients both in defending and asserting unfair competition, breach of contract, and trade secret claims, as well as claims for alleged violations of representation and warranties.
In addition to representing financial services institutions, Mr. Thompson has had strategic responsibility for the defense of class actions asserting federal and state securities law claims, shareholder derivative actions, ERISA, and employment wage and hour claims. Throughout his career, he has handled more than 200 putative class actions.
Mr. Thompson has counseled clients in implementing quantitative risk assessment protocols, electronic discovery/ESI protocols, preferred litigation provider networks, and legal matter management technology. He is experienced in developing alternative pricing for litigation and has represented class action clients under such arrangements.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Thompson spent more than a decade leading litigation and overseeing related legal administration in corporate law departments. In this capacity, he managed a national financial services institution’s portfolios of consumer finance, employment, commercial, and securities litigation. Mr. Thompson’s extensive in-house experience enables him to focus litigation strategy and resources to address the issues most critical to institutional clients.
Prior to 2010, Mr. Thompson served as a panelist, moderator, or speaker for a variety of industry conferences, including the American Conference Institute’s Consumer Finance Litigation & Class Actions Conference, the Association of Corporate Counsel-Southern California’s MCLE Conference, the Mortgage Bankers Association of America’s National Servicing Conference, and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America’s Class Action Litigation Working Groups.