After an initial career as a daily newspaper journalist, David Clark Thompson was graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1982, first serving after law school on the North Dakota Legislative Assembly’s legal staff, drafting bills and staffing legislative committees. Since 1984, David has been engaged in private practice with law firms based in both Fargo and Grand Forks.
For 34 years, the principal focus of David’s practice has been in the representation of North Dakota workers and their families who have suffered from diseases caused by asbestos and other toxic dust and chemical exposures. In the course of successfully pursuing civil justice for these asbestos disease victims against teams of lawyers representing large corporations with correspondingly great litigation resources, David has appeared in state and federal appellate courts of the States of North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, and Florida. David also has made a major commitment to pro bono representation of indigent clients, and over the course of more than three decades, David has also served as a criminal defense lawyer, on one occasion even securing an appellate judgment of acquittal as a matter of law from the United States Court of Appeals for an innocent client in a first degree murder case.
David served for a decade as an appointee of the Grand Forks City Historical Preservation Commission, currently serves as the Vice-Chair of North Dakota non-profit corporation Third Street Clinic, and as a board member of the Grand Forks Downtown Development Association.
David is married to his wife Lynne, and has three children, and six grandchildren.