Douglas Thompson handles class actions and complex litigation matters and represents institutions and others in related regulatory investigations. In addition, Mr. 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. From 2011 through 2016, Mr. Thompson led the firm's Class and Derivative Actions Practice Group. In that role, he oversaw the class action and complex litigation practice involving more than 125 lawyers and coordinated strategic initiatives and innovation 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 his career, he has represented clients in more than 200 putative class actions. In connection with these matters, he has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous federal district courts.
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), commercial banking laws including claims regarding swaps products and know your customer rules, alleged Ponzi schemes, as well as claims for violations of state unfair and deceptive acts or practices (UDAP) statutes. For other businesses, including technology and retail sector companies, he has defended a variety of statutory claims arising from operations and sales production, as well as UDAP, fraud and unjust enrichment challenges.
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.
Mr. Thompson has counseled clients in implementing quantitative risk assessment protocols, electronic discovery/ESI protocols, preferred litigation provider networks, vendor management protocols, and legal matter management technology. He is experienced in developing alternative pricing for litigation and has represented class action clients under such arrangements. He also a leading supporter of the firm's mentoring, associate development and innovation programs, having presented several times at the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Business Academy and acted as a leader in the firm's TechX innovation incubator.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Thompson spent more than a decade leading litigation and related legal administration strategy in corporate law departments. In this capacity, he managed a national financial services institution’s portfolios of consumer finance, employment, commercial, and securities litigation and class actions. 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.