George R. Thompson

George R. Thompson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Traverse City, MI

Thompson & O'Neil PC
 | 309 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231-929-9700
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2014, 2017
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

George Thompson graduated from the University of Michigan and was licensed to practice law in 1978.  He worked as a clerk for the Court of Appeals for one year, before entering private practice in Traverse City. Although his practice was initially broader, it quickly became dominated by civil liability claims involving serious personal injury or death.  Within that area of practice, Thompon has particular expertise in Michigan's complicated No Fault and medical malpractice compensation schemes.  After serving on State Bar Committees involving trial practice, he served one year as the Chairman of the Bar's Civil Procedure Committee. Concomitantly with his trial practice helping injury victims, Thompson has dedicated a significant measure of his professional time to assisting the disadvanatged through pro bono litigation and through service on Community Boards including Community Mental Health, Goodwill Industries, Third Level Legal Aid Clinic and the Safe Harbor Emergency Shelter.  He was a prime mover behind the creation of the Hospitality House that serves Mundon Medical Center, as a result of his contact with a northern Michigan family pursuing a malpractice claim.  He has been asked to speak on civil litigation and trial skills issues on many occasions, before the Trial Lawyers Association, the State Bar, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and several other groups.  He was recognized as a "Superlawyer" at its inception in Michigan, and  similarly recognized nine times since.

White Papers

  • "A Primer on Governmental Immunity," MTLA Quarterly, (March, 1992)

  • "An Open Letter to the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions," Michigan Bar Journal, February, 1981, with Michael Dettmer

  • "Revisiting the Recreational User Act," Vol. 67, No. 5, Michigan Bar Journal, 348 (May, 1988)

  • "Trespassing on the Recreational Users Act," Vol. 61, No. 9, Michigan Bar Journal, 726 (Sept., 1982) with Michael Dettmer

  • About George Thompson

    Admitted: 1978, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:

    Honors and Awards:

    • Super Lawyer, Detroit News Super Lawyer Supplement, 2006
    • Multi Million Dollar Advocate, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2004
    • National Finalist, Primerus Community Service Award, 2003
    • Finalist National Community Service Award, Primerus, 2001
    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1991
    • Since 1983, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Highest AV rating by Martindale Hubbell since 1988
    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy since 1991

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Justice Society
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • 1985 Joint Committee of the Michigan State Medical Society and Michigan State Bar, medical-legal issues
    • 1986 Arbitrator, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
    • 1987 - 1992 Executive Board, Northern Michigan Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union
    • 1990 - 1993 Lawyer's Committee, ACLU Fund of Michigan
    • 1984 - 1993 Executive Committee, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
    • 1994 - 1995 Michigan State Bar Civil Procedure Committee (Member 1992-1995; Chairman, 1995)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Safe Harbor Emergency Shelter, Board of Directors, 2015
    • Third Level Legal Aid Clinic, Staffing and scheduling, 1994
    • 1986-2001 Founding Member of Munson Manor Executive Board
    • 1983-1997 President of Children's Hospitalization Family Services
    • 2004-2005 Funding Task Force Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan
    • 1995-1996 Chairman Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan
    • 1991-1996 Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan
    • 2001-2003 Chairman of CMH
    • 1996-2003 Mental Health (Great Lakes CMH)

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • ICLE Annual State of Michigan No Fault Seminar, Speaker, 2016
    • TART "Rails to Trails Initiative," volunteer litiqator
    • Michigan Association of Cardiologists
    • 1986 - 1994 Association of County Road Commissions Annual Meetings
    • Municipal Section, State Bar of Michigan
    • Michigan Lodging Association
    • 1982 - 2004 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meetings
    • 1985 - present Upper Michigan Legal Institute
    • 1985 - present Institute of Continuing Legal Education
    • 2001-2008 Western Michigan University
    • 1981-1989 Adjunct Professor, Northwestern Michigan College

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • Garrisi v. Grand Traverse Metro Fire Dept.  Widely publicized multi-million dollar settlement against Fire Department,  arising out of intersection collision. Outcome, research and publicized writings helped to document the inadequacy of audible siren warnings on emergency vehicles.
    • Downey v Charlevoix County Board of County Road Commission, 227 Mich App 621; 576 NW2d 712 (1998)
    • Rossman v State Farm Insurance Co, 184 Mich App 618, 459 NW2d 72 (1990)
    • McDonald v State Farm Insurance Co, 419 Mich 146, 350 NW2d 253 (1984)
    • Brewer v Payless Stations, Inc, 412, Mich 673, 316 NW2d 702 (1982)

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., Alma College, suma cum laude, April 1975
    Office Location for George R. Thompson

    309 East Front Street
    Traverse City, MI 49684


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    Last Updated: 10/5/2017

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