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For immediate release – Tuesday, July 22, 2008.
Contact Bob Brammer – 515-281-6699.

Jeffrey Thompson is Named Iowa Deputy Attorney General for Litigation

Des Moines. Attorney General Tom Miller has appointed Jeffrey Thompson to serve as Iowa’s Deputy Attorney General for Litigation.

“Jeff brings extensive experience in trial practice in both federal and state courts,” Miller said. “As Deputy A.G. for litigation, Jeff will take a lead in handling some of the most complex and challenging matters facing our office and the State of Iowa. He is perfectly suited for the job.”

Miller also commended Jeff Peterzalek, who served as the Acting Deputy A.G. for Litigation and who remains in the office. “Jeff stepped forward and did a fabulous job for the office and for Iowa,” Miller said.

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Jeff Thompson
Jeff Thompson
Iowa Deputy Attorney General
for Litigation

Background on Jeffrey Thompson:

Thompson was born in Des Moines and reared in Cedar Rapids. He graduated Cum Laude with a degree in English from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, in 1982, and worked for a number of years in the oil field equipment business. He attended the University of Houston Law Center, graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1992, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Houston Law Review, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He clerked in 1992-93 for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and for the Chief Judge of the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, both in Houston.

Thompson was an associate at the Houston law firm of Susman, Godfrey from 1993-95, working on both defense and plaintiff cases, including patent and trade secrets, defamation, contracts, and personal injury. In 1995, he was asked to join the Williams Bailey Law Firm in Houston and worked there until 2003. At the Williams firm, Thompson worked with the State of Texas on its tobacco litigation against the major tobacco companies and handled a variety of cases, including occupational disease, products liability, environmental, pharmaceutical, medical malpractice, aviation, anti-trust, consumer fraud, oil and gas, and vaccine court. He also did appellate work.

Thompson was a member of the Motley Rice firm in Charleston, S.C., from 2003 through 2007. There he worked primarily on 9/11 terrorism, aviation, occupational disease, Federal Employment Liability Act, and pharmaceutical cases.

Jeff and his wife, Dianna, have a six-year-old daughter, Maggie.

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