Pete Thompson has practiced law for over thirty-five years, and maintains a diverse practice that involves both litigation and counseling engagements.
For most of his career, Pete’s work has focused on 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, he has dealt with insurance coverage and “bad faith” issues under a wide array of policy types, ranging from primary and excess directors and officers liability, professional liability, and general liability policies, to first-party coverage under commercial property, builder’s risk, and employee theft policies, 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 several 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 joining Sperduto Thompson in 2013, Pete was a founding partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Thompson, Loss & Judge, where he practiced for nine years. Before that, he was a partner with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Ross, Dixon & Bell, where he practiced for eighteen years, seven of them as Managing Partner. He began his legal career in his native Ohio, where he was a litigator with the Cincinnati law firm of Paxton & Seasongood. There, his work on the MGM Grand Hotel Fire Litigation in Las Vegas introduced him to several attorneys from Washington, D.C., and, in turn, to an opportunity to join the then-new Ross, Dixon firm in the nation’s capital.
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 has been involved in various volunteer activities and enjoys the outdoors and a variety of athletic endeavors on water and land. In recent years, he has served as both men’s team captain and club president of Rock Creek Rowing, a competitive masters rowing team based on the Potomac River, and is a seven-time participant in the Head of the Charles Regatta.