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Kenneth L. Thompson

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Kenneth L. Thompson

Kenneth L. Thompson

While Kenneth L. Thompson is a nationally-recognized trial attorney representing both plaintiffs and defendants, he has made a name for himself in the Baltimore community. Whether he is representing city and county officials, large developers or high-end casinos, he is often cited for his high level of integrity.

When the U.S. Justice Department put out a call for a federal monitor for the Baltimore Police Department Monitoring team as a result of a consent decree, scores of Thompson’s colleagues and associates offered glowing praise. Thompson, a lifelong Baltimore resident, has devoted his career and extracurricular activities to Baltimore. He was chosen as lead monitor amongst more than two dozen teams vying for the position.

Longtime friend, and former colleague, attorney George L. Russell in an interview with The Baltimore Sun said of Thompson: “He is uniquely qualified for this. He understands the law and the community of Baltimore where we both grew up. He’s the right man, at the right place at the right time.”

He is a member of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also served as voluntary chair of an evaluation committee charged with recommending applicants to fill the then-vacant position of Baltimore Police Department Commissioner.

He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore City Bar Association and the Baltimore Community Foundation. He is also a board director for the Baltimore Efficiency and Economy Foundation.

Thompson is a graduate of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and University of Maryland, College Park.

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