James Thompson


  • location icon Tampa, FL
    401 E. Jackson Street
    Suite 3400
    Tampa, FL 33602

Jim Thompson is a partner in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.

Jim Thompson is an experienced AV-Rated trial lawyer skilled in all aspects of litigation, arbitration and agency proceedings. Jim has extensive trial experience including acting as lead counsel in over 75 jury trials and numerous non-jury trials. Jim represents businesses and individual defendants in high stakes cases involving accidents and injuries and represents employers in all areas of employment law from the complex to the mundane. As an employment litigator, Jim specializes in claims involving employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, violation of wage and hour laws, and breach of contract under federal and state law. Jim is skilled in the preparation of employment policies and manuals, non-compete and non-disclosure contracts for businesses. Jim also maintains an extensive case load defending complex trucking accident cases and understands what is needed to conduct a successful defense. Jim is accomplished in developing case strategy and in discovery and motion practice and has successfully argued appeals before the US 11th Circuit Court and Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeals.

Jim is consistently listed in Super Lawyers for “exhibiting excellence in the practice of law” as well as being consistently recognized as preeminent by Martindale Hubble based on the opinions of other lawyers and judges. Jim has also been selected as being among the three best employment attorneys in the Tampa Bay area by Three Best and was named Best Employment Lawyer in Clearwater, Florida. Jim has made multiple appearances on local news as an employment law expert and was a panelist for Spectrum Bay News 9 for a townhall on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

Prior to Lewis Brisbois, Jim managed a small employment law firm which handled all aspects of employment law including litigation, arbitration and prosecuting and defending charges of discrimination with the EEOC/FCHR and the Department of Labor.


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