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David Thompson

David ThompsonDavid Thompson is the Managing Partner of Cooper & Kirk and joined the firm at its founding. Mr. Thompson has extensive trial and appellate experience in a wide range of matters and has secured victories worth billions of dollars. Mr. Thompson was awarded an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1991, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1994, Mr. Thompson received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Mr. Thompson represents the National Rifle Association and individuals in cases around the country implicating the right to keep and bear arms. He has litigated cases in the United States Supreme Court, as well as the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh and DC Circuits and related district courts, as well as numerous state courts. He successfully challenged both Illinois’ and DC’s ban on the carriage of firearms. Mr. Thompson also successfully challenged Chicago’s ban on the sale of firearms. He also represents gunowners in several states in challenges to bans based on magazine capacity and features of modern sports rifles.

Mr. Thompson also has extensive experience in other areas of constitutional litigation. Mr. Thompson has litigated numerous cases involving the freedom of speech, civil rights, voting rights, takings of property, due process, and separation of powers issues. He also has an active commercial litigation practice.

Mr. Thompson has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center and a visiting professor at the University of Georgia Law School’s DC campus. The class he taught most recently is Lawyering in Public, a course focusing on how to litigate high profile cases. He is also a frequent speaker on trial tactics and has served as an expert witness. Several major law firms have hired Mr. Thompson to represent their firms.