Will Thompson

Partner
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Main: 469.904.4550

Direct: 469.904.4554

Mobile: 406.546.5587

Email: wthompson@burnscharest.com

“Will is a star. I turned to him when my company’s very existence was on the line. Will has a unique quality that makes him just as comfortable advocating before a federal judge as he is talking to one of my heavy machine operators. I trust him completely.”

– Charles LaGreca, President, LaGreca Services Inc.

Will was born and raised in the mountains of Western Montana. After graduating from a high school class of 55, Will was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, but he accepted a college baseball scholarship. While at Santa Clara University, the San Francisco Giants drafted Will in the seventh round of the 2004 MLB draft. In his professional baseball career, Will won a batting title after hitting .384 for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, was named to multiple All-Star teams, was a member of multiple league championships, and reached the AAA level before his career was cut short due to an injury.

Will then graduated from Stanford Law School and subsequently clerked for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Lee H. Rosenthal of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He then entered private practice—first at Susman Godfrey in Dallas, and later as the first associate at Burns Charest. In July 2018, Will became the first homegrown partner at Burns Charest, joining founding partners Warren Burns, Daniel Charest, and Korey Nelson.

In his private practice, Will has successfully managed a wide variety of complex matters for clients across the country. His work has taken him from investigations in the “hollers” of West Virginia to arguing dispositive motions in federal court on behalf of a nationwide class. Some of Will’s recent cases include the following:

Bhatia v. 3M (D. Minn): Will and Burns Charest currently serve as lead counsel on behalf of dentists across the country who purchased 3M’s allegedly defective “Lava Ultimate” dental crowns. Will authored the brief the dentists filed in opposition to 3M’s motion to dismiss and argued the motion before the district court. Following briefing and oral argument, the court denied 3M’s motion to dismiss. An excerpt of the brief can be found here.

In re German Autos (N.D. Cal.): Will and Burns Charest serve as lead counsel in multidistrict litigation accusing Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and other German automakers of a decades long antitrust conspiracy covering car technology, costs, suppliers and emissions equipment.

Skipper v. ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company (S.C.): Will was the principal author on a brief to the South Carolina Supreme Court on an issue of first impression before the court—whether legal malpractice claims are assignable. The Supreme Court adopted the reasoning in Will’s brief and unanimously ruled in his client’s favor on all points.

Will also maintains an active docket of cases in the oil and gas industry, with a particular emphasis on oilfield fraud.

Will lives in Dallas with his wife, Ashley, and their Spinone Italiano-Standard Poodle mix, Missy. Will and Ashley met at Stanford Law School as members of the mock trial team. Ashley is an attorney at a leading global law firm.