J. Carter Thompson , Jr. - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

J. Carter Thompson , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Carter Thompson, a shareholder in the Jackson office, leads the Firm's Product Liability & Mass Tort Group and is the former chair of the Drug, Device & Life Sciences Industry Group. He concentrates his practice in the national, regional and local defense of products liability, drug and medical device, commercial and professional liability cases. Mr. Thompson has 30 years experience defending product liability and other claims and lawsuits across the United States and abroad. He has been lead counsel representing product manufacturers in more than 25 states from Hawaii to Massachusetts.

University of MississippiJ.D. 1984Mississippi CollegeBA 1987
Mississippi College School of Law Board of Visitors Capital Area Bar AssociationMississippi Claims Association Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (Director, Trial Practice Academy, 1989) Mississippi Law Institute (1991) Mississippi Bar (General Litigation Section; Health Law Section; Chair, Minority Involvement Committee, 1994 – 1995) American Bar Association (Litigation Section; Torts and Insurance Practice Section) International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Drug, Device and Biotechnology Section; Product Liability Section) American Health Lawyers Association Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2011 – 2012) National Foundation For Judicial Excellence Defense Research Institute (Vice Chair, Drug and Medical Device Committee, 2013 – 2014; Program Chair, Drug and Medical Device Committee, 2011 – 2013) Lawyers for Civil Justice Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) Litigation Counsel of America

Case History

Representative Cases
  • National product liability counsel for major health care manufacturer.
  • National counsel for defendants in Phenergan®/promethazine HCI injection litigation; obtained numerous summary judgments and dismissals. 
  • National counsel for defendants in asbestos litigation.
  • Relationship partner and regional counsel for Fortune 25 manufacturer and distributor of pharmaceutical and medical products.  
  • National counsel for defendant in phenytoin litigation; obtained numerous dismissals. 
  • Lead counsel for distributor of anesthesia medication in more than 250 cases involving more than 4,000 plaintiffs in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Lead counsel for manufacturer of dialysis product withdrawn from market; successfully resolved over 125 suits/claims worldwide.
  • Lead trial counsel for homeopathic drug manufacturer in California putative class action alleging false drug labeling.
  • Counsel for pharmaceutical manufacturers in the average wholesale price litigation.
  • Counsel for pharmaceutical company in commercial case against a clinical research organization (CRO).
  • Counsel for defendants in metoclopramide litigation.
  • Counsel for defendant in Digoxin litigation.

Client Comments

"Carter Thompson is a skilled litigator who not only shines brightly in court but also is more than impressive when it comes to negotiating settlements. Unlike many attorneys with whom I've worked in the past 20 years, Carter understands what it means to be a good business partner. Carter understands that litigation can be costly and distracting, and he looks for creative ways to find win/win solutions for all parties. Carter is a master of strategy. He is also highly responsive and extremely knowledgeable in the life sciences field. I highly recommend Carter for any litigation -- especially complex matters."

"I highly recommend Carter Thompson and his firm for handling products liability defense. He's an excellent lawyer, his firm has all the necessary resources, he and his firm are extraordinarily cost-effective, and he is a great person to work with."

-Jason D. Maxwell
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Cardinal Health Inc.

"Mr. Thompson and his firm handled a lawyer's malpractice claim against our insured. They suggested a method of repairing the claim and implemented the repair in a timely and cost-effective manner. They were easy to work with, responded promptly to inquiries regarding the claim, and obtained an outstanding result. "

-Brian Martens
Travelers Insurance Company

"Mr. Thompson is an excellent litigation strategist. He has been instrumental in managing and resolving several high profile individual pieces of litigation, as well as international mass torts for me. He is particularly adept at negotiating global resolutions to complicated matters in such a way as to engender trust in the opposition and reach a resolution that is acceptable to all. Mr. Thompson is a good business partner. He communicates in a very clear and timely fashion to assure that there are no surprises. His creativity is not limited to the handling of litigation. He is also very innovative in his approach to client counseling so that his interests are aligned with those of his clients. He is a pleasure to work with, extremely cost effective in his representation, and delivers superior results. "

"Carter Thompson truly understands the meaning of customer service. He is always timely in his responsiveness, mindful of his clients' budgetary restrictions, and remarkably capable in finding creative ways to resolve disputes. He effectively partners with in-house counsel and understands the benefit of such a "team approach," and the value of diverse ideas and opinions for dispute resolution. Moreover, his 20-plus years in the healthcare industry provide an expertise not easy to find."

-Stacey Dixon
Corporate Counsel
Baxter International Inc.

Office Location

One Eastover Center, Suite 400
100 Vision Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Jackson-MS Metro Area
J. Carter Thompson, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Mass Tort, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical)
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male