Pete Thompson is a deeply experienced litigator and counselor who, over the course of his long career, has handled challenging and complex matters from coast to coast.
A significant portion of Pete’s practice long has been devoted to litigation and counseling engagements involving complex insurance-related issues. In trial court and appellate engagements in state and federal courts around the country, as well as in non-litigation settings, clients turn to him to help deal with some of their most important insurance coverage and “bad faith” issues. His experience covers a wide range of policy types, including directors and officers liability, professional liability, general liability, and builder’s risk, among many others. He has a long list of notable litigation victories to his credit, among them a unanimous Tenth Circuit victory in a case involving a $750 million bad faith claim against a professional liability insurer, and a unanimous Eighth Circuit victory in an “excess versus primary” dispute arising from a $46 million verdict in an underlying wrongful death case. He is also frequently called upon to prepare complex coverage opinions and monitor litigation against parties insured by his carrier clients.
Pete's insurance practice also includes the representation of individual and business clients who need assistance navigating and resolving issues that arise in connection with their insurance policies. For example, he maintains longstanding relationships with major commercial and residential real estate developers, and is often brought in to provide assistance when insurers deny or question coverage for significant claims. He has worked closely with executives, risk managers, and insurance brokers facing issues under general liability, builder’s risk, management liability, title insurance, and pollution liability policies, among others. His work on behalf of developer clients also extends to the drafting and review of manuscript policies and endorsements as well as contract documents and provisions that relate to insurance issues.
In addition to his insurance practice, Pete has represented professionals, manufacturers, and developers in a variety of commercial litigation matters.
Prior to Sperduto Thompson & Gassler, Pete was a founding partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Thompson, Loss & Judge, and before that practiced for eighteen years, seven of them as Managing Partner, with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Ross, Dixon & Bell.
Pete has been listed by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in every year since the honor’s inception in 2007. Outside of his legal pursuits, he is a proud father and newly minted grandfather, an amateur musician, and a seven-time participant in the Head of the Charles Regatta, among other interests. He is especially honored to have been named, in 2018, as the Honorary Alumnus of the Year by Ohio University, his late wife Barbara’s alma mater.