Wade A. Thomson is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice and is a member of the Management Committee.  He has significant experience in high-stakes commercial disputes and government investigations around the world, practicing out of both the Chicago and London offices.

Among other recognitions, Mr. Thomson has been recognized as one of the The Legal 500 United States attorneys, 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.  In 2020, he co-led a team in a three-week federal trial involving trade secret, Lanham Act, and contract claims that resulted in a jury verdict of approximately $114 million on behalf of his radio remote control manufacturer client (Click here for Reuters coverage).  The American Lawyer named Mr. Thomson a “Litigator of the Week” runner-up for the victory.  The court later granted a worldwide injunction against the defendants. In 2021, The American Lawyer again named Mr. Thomson a “Litigator of the Week” runner-up when the 10th Circuit affirmed the victory.

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 recently served as one of the team leaders that conducted a significant internal review and produced a public report for the Chicago Blackhawks, investigating allegations that in 2010 a player was sexually assaulted by an assistant coach. As detailed in the report’s executive summary, over the course of four months the Jenner & Block team investigated the conduct of the former coach as well as the Blackhawks internal response after learning, during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoff run, of certain allegations raised by the former player. The investigation involved interviews with 139 people, including current and former players. The investigation and report were widely covered by myriad news outlets internationally, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and others, with widespread praise for the report’s independence, objectivity, and thorough fact-finding.  

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, and he was named a 2021 “Notable Nonprofit Board Leaders” by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Mr. Thomson is a member of several firm committees, including the Management Committee, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and the Pro Bono Committee.  He 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 numerous 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).

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