Mr. Thompson joined HSSM in 2007 as a member of the Bankruptcy Law Section and in 2011 stepped in to lead the expanded Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights practice group of the firm. In that capacity, he has represented several debtors-in-possession to successfully confirmed plans of reorganization. In addition, he has led numerous small businesses and small business owners through the process of negotiating out-of-court workouts to restructure debts and avoid bankruptcy altogether. He has also advised guarantors on negotiating significant reductions in their liability for business debt.
He has led HSSM’s expansion into significant creditors’ rights representation, including protecting the rights of a franchisor against an attempt to circumvent non-compete provisions of a franchise agreement; protecting financial institutions from misappropriation of the their assets by a debtor-in-possession; and negotiating on behalf of vendors to receive favorable treatment in assets sales and bankruptcy cases around the country. More recently, his practice has entailed the filing and prosecuting of several involuntary bankruptcy petitions.
Prior to joining HSSM, Mr. Thompson was an associate in the Orange County, CA office of Shook. Hardy & Bacon with a practice concentrating on product liability litigation. That litigation experience now serves as a cornerstone of the practice group. Before that, he spent two years as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable J. Craig Whitley, United State Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. Mr. Thompson is admitted to practice in both North Carolina and California.
Mr. Thompson is a native of Charlotte, having attended Myers Park High School and a second generation bankruptcy lawyer.