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Retired Attorney
John M. Thompson

Phone: (920) 435-3734    |   Fax: (920) 435-0126

Until his retirement in 2021, Jay Thompson was a partner of the firm, concentrating his practice since 1981 in general civil litigation, primarily in corporate and insurance defense of personal injury cases. He also has extensive experience in trucking law, representing public utilities in electric and gas accident cases, and representing religious institutions in various actions.


Jay graduated from Florida State University and received his law degree from Marquette University. He served in the United States Air Force JAG Department as a criminal and administrative trial practitioner from 1976-1981.

Jay is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, serving as the Chair of the Legislative Committee. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and is the past President of the Brown County Bar Association. In addition, Jay has frequently presented at continuing education seminars, conducted industry and client presentations on a variety of topics, and taught college courses on various subjects in the legal arena. He continues to serve as a guest lecturer for a Communication Law class at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


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Areas of

  • General Civil Litigation and Personal Injury Defense

  • Defense, Public Utilities in Electric and Gas Accident Cases

  • Trucking Law Defense

  • Defense of Religious Institutions in Various Actions

Past Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Wisconsin

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces


  • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI

  • B.S., Bachelor of Science
    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Memberships, Publications and Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rating® - This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. 

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer 

  • State Bar of Wisconsin

  • Brown County Bar Association (Past President)

  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel – f/k/a Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin

  • Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin (Past Board of Directors)

  • Defense Research Institute

  • Brown County Unit of American Cancer Society (Past President)

  • American Red Cross (Past Board of Directors)

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