R. E. Thompson is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist in New Mexico. He has been responsible for a variety of personal injury and commercial litigation matters.
He is also an experienced practitioner in the area of civil litigation, primarily involving commercial disputes, products liability, class actions, malpractice, negligence, and insurance.
Recognized by Chambers USA Directories of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Senior Statesman for General Commercial Litigation, R. E. enjoys widespread respect among interviewees as “a gracious and humble man, and one of the deans of the litigation Bar.” Named Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer by the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association in 2010, R. E. has also received recognition as one of the Top 25 New Mexico Southwest Super Lawyers. He is listed in Best Lawyers of America® and was named Lawyer of the Year in Albuquerque for Government Relations in 2013 and for Litigation – Construction in 2014. R. E. has achieved an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, based on a peer review. In addition, New Mexico Business Weekly honored him as Best of the Bar in Litigation in 2009.
- Plaintiff sued Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in New Mexico for a serious personal injury which occurred in Texas during construction of a new Walmart store. In 2016, the New Mexico district court dismissed the suit because of lack of jurisdiction under New Mexico’s long arm statute, even though Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., had a registered agent in New Mexico. (2016).
- Successful appeal for nursing home, the New Mexico Court of Appeals overturned what had been New Mexico’s largest personal injury verdict of $53.2 Million ($3.2 in compensatory, and $50 Million in punitive) in a case involving a woman who died in a nursing home. See Keith v. ManorCare, Inc., 218 P.3d 1257 (2009).