Paul M. Thompson represents clients in complex criminal and civil matters. He has extensive experience in internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, grand jury investigations, appellate practice and congressional investigations, with a particular focus on clients in the health care industry. Paul is a member of McDermott’s Management and Executive Committees. From 2011 to 2015, he served as partner-in-charge of the Washington, DC office.

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  • Represents several companies in various industries in antitrust criminal investigations being conducted by the DOJ, including clients in the generic pharmaceutical, gypsum drywall and auto parts industries (2014 to present)
  • Represented a Fortune 500 health care company before the US Court of Federal Claims in pursuing a claim for underpayments against the Department of Veterans Affairs, resulting in a settlement payment to the company of $538 million (2013 to present)

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  • Benchmark Litigation 2013 to 2019, Litigation Star (white-collar and appellate)
  • “Recommended” Lawyer in GCR100 Global Elite (for antitrust work) (2018)
  • Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing 2011, for authoring, “Managing the Budget of an International White-Collar Investigation”

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  • Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, board of directors


Harvard Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1998
Harvard College, AB, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991

District of Columbia

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Paul M. Thompson

Insights & Events / Media

Cartel Snapshot / June 2019

Health Care Enforcement Quarterly Roundup / April 25, 2019

Cartel Snapshot / February 2019

Health Care Enforcement Quarterly Roundup / Q4 2018 | January 2019

Cartel Snapshot / November 2018

Paris, France / McDermott Event / October 25, 2018

Health Care Enforcement Quarterly Roundup / Q3 | September 2018

Helsinki, Finland / McDermott Event / August 30, 2018

Health Care Enforcement Quarterly Roundup / Q2 | July 2018

Webinar / McDermott Event / July 17, 2018

Health Care Enforcement Quarterly Roundup / Q1 | April 2018

Webinar / McDermott Event / April 17, 2018

Cartel Snapshot / April 2018

Webinar / McDermott Event / May 3, 2017