R. E. Thompson is an experienced practitioner in the area of civil litigation, primarily involving commercial disputes, products liability, class actions, malpractice, negligence, insurance, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. R.E.'s experience also includes administrative law hearings, government relations and lobbying. He is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization.
In addition to his legal practice, R.E. has a long history of public service. He has served as a United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, a New Mexico State Senator, a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and the U. S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys. He has, also, served on the New Mexico Supreme Court Committees, including the Rules of Evidence and the Rules of Civil Procedure. He is a Hearing Officer for the Disciplinary Board. Additionally, R.E. has served as out-of-state liaison for the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas.
R.E. has been recognized as an Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer by the New Mexico Defense Lawyer Association and Best of the Bar in Litigation by New Mexico Business Weekly. Additionally, he has been rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, and recognized by Best Lawyers of America® and Southwest Super Lawyers®. In 2013, he was selected by Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year in Government Relations Practice – Albuquerque" and as "Top 25 New Mexico Southwest Super Lawyers".
R.E. served as President and Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Keith v. ManorCare, Inc. 218 P.3d 1257 (2009) — Successful appeal for nursing home, the New Mexico Court of Appeals overturned what had been New Mexico's largest personal injury verdict of $53.2 Million ($3.2 in compensatory, and $50 Million in punitive) in a case involving a woman who died in a nursing home. The Court of Appeals decision was appealed to the Supreme Court and the case settled after the Court granted a writ of certiorari. Lead counsel for the Modrall Sperling defense team representing nursing home.
Baldonado v. El Paso Natural Gas Co., 176 P.3d 277 (2007) — Appeal of a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Several campers were killed when a pipeline exploded. Professional rescuers sued El Paso Natural Gas Company, contending that they suffered severe emotional distress from having performed rescue services to the campers. The case reformulated the firefighters rule.
Skaggs v. Conoco, Inc., 957 P.2d 526 — Successful appeal for oil company which had operated an oil and gas lease since 1927. Plaintiff contended that she had not joined in an operating agreement signed by her husband and that she was therefore entitled to part of the production of oil and gas from the leases. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the oil company based upon the doctrine of laches. The New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed.
El Paso Prod. Co. v. PWG Partnership, 866 P.2d 311 (1993) — This case concerned a producing oil and gas lease that had been omitted from a written conveyance. The trial court adopted the doctrine of presumptive grant to an option contract in order to determine owner of the oil and gas lease.