Jenner & Block

Wade A. Thomson is a partner in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice.  He has significant experience in high-stakes commercial disputes and government investigations around the world, practicing out of both the Chicago and London offices.

Mr. Thomson has been recognized as one of the “40 Under Forty” lawyers in Illinois and as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers.

In particular, Mr. Thomson has substantial experience in complex contract disputes across industries and fora, including international arbitrations and domestic courts.  He has served as an arbitrator for municipal court disputes.

Mr. Thomson works closely with the firm’s Investigation, Compliance and Defense Practice and has significant experience with internal and government investigations, including preparing submissions, presentations and witnesses for the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of State, the Securities and Exchange Commission, grand juries and gaming commissions.  Mr. Thomson has counseled many companies in Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act matters and is a certified anti-money laundering specialist.

Mr. Thomson also has extensive experience in matters involving the First Amendment and media law.  In particular, he has successfully defended media clients in numerous defamation and newsgathering matters.  He has written extensively on media law issues.

Mr. Thomson is highly active in the civic community, including serving on several boards.  He is a recent Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago

Mr. Thomson is a member of several firm committees, including the Pro Bono Committee, and has dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono representation in a wide variety of matters and received several awards for his work.

While not exhaustive, his recent pro bono results include:

  • Obtaining asylum for over a dozen individuals, including several journalists from different countries who were persecuted because of their reporting, and children fleeing Central America.
  • Obtaining a jury verdict of not guilty for a client charged with first-degree murder in a widely publicized case (click here for Chicago Tribune coverage).