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
Fax: 231-929-7262
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2014, 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (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 Munson 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 a dozen times since.

White Papers

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

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

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

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

  • Certificates and Credentials

    • National Board of Trial Advocacy

    About George Thompson

    Admitted: 1978, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


    • 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)
    • 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.
    • Brewer v Payless Stations, Inc, 412, Mich 673, 316 NW2d 702 (1982)
    • Downey v Charlevoix County Board of County Road Commission, 227 Mich App 621; 576 NW2d 712 (1998)

    Educational Background:

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

    309 East Front Street
    Traverse City, MI 49684

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    Last Updated: 5/9/2019

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