Paul M. Thompson - McDermott Will & Emery


Paul M. Thompson is the Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office and also serves as the Firm’s Pro Bono Litigation Partner. Paul previously served on McDermott’s Executive and Management Committees and, from 2011 to 2015, he also served a previous term as Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office.

Paul 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 healthcare industry.

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  • Represents several companies in various industries in antitrust criminal investigations being conducted by the DOJ (2014 to present)
  • Represented a Fortune 500 healthcare 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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  • District of Columbia Courts, Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2023
  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, White-collar and Appellate, 2013 to 2020
  • “Recommended” Lawyer in GCR100 Global Elite, Antitrust, 2018

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  • Sandy Spring Friends School, board of trustees (2020-2023)
  • Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, board of directors (2012-2019)


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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