DeWitte Thompson | Partner | email

Expertise and Experience:

Mr. Thompson, the firm’s founding partner, began his practice in 1975 after obtaining his law degree from the University of Georgia. Over his career he has litigated countless civil cases in the areas of surety law, construction and personal injury. Mr. Thompson is well-recognized as one of the nation’s premier lawyers in the surety/construction field, as evidenced by his numerous publications and seminar presentations on same to clients and other lawyers.

Legal Qualifications:

Admitted to the State Bar Georgia in 1975; admitted to the State Bar of Florida in 1976
Admitted to practice before the following courts:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Eleventh, Ninth and Federal Circuits
  • United States Court of Claims
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Supreme Court of the State of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of the State of Florida
  • All trial and appellate courts of the State of Georgia and the State of Florida
  • pro hac vice admission in trial or appellate courts in Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and California

Publications and Presentations:

  • Author, “Completion Option Issues Peculiar to Subcontract Bond Sureties,” Surety Claims Institute, 1993
  • Author, “Fraud: The Bond That Never Had a Chance,” The American Surety Association, 1997
  • Author, “Dealing with Joint Ventures – Underwriting and Claims Issues for the Surety,” The Chicago Surety Association, 2000
  • Author, “Good Faith and Fair Dealings – A Contract is a Contract is a Contract…Is a Tort?,” The American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, 2001
  • Author, “When the Bottom Drops Out: Bankruptcy and Its Effect on Claims-Use of Receiverships in Lieu of Bankruptcy-Advantages and Disadvantages,” The American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry Mid-Winter Meeting, 2003
  • Author, “Surety Liquidation: What Do You Do After They Drop ‘The Big One’?,” The American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry Mid-Winter Meeting, 2003
  • Author, “If the Owner Goes Bankrupt, Is That the End of the Claim?”; “Pursuing the Claim in Bankruptcy or Elsewhere”; “Obtaining Relief From the Automatic Stay in the Search for Alternative Defendants,” The American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry Mid-Winter Meeting, 2003
  • Speaker, “Construction Dilemmas: Caught Between ‘The Rock’ and a Hard Place”; The American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry Mid-Winter Meeting, 2004

Legal Associations:

Former member of the Board of Directors of the American Surety Association; former National Chairman of the Claims Committee of the American Surety Association; American Bar Association; Fidelity and Surety Committee; Forum Committee on the Construction Industry; Section of Litigation; member of the Committee on Construction Litigation; National Bond Claims Association; Surety Claims Institute; American Trial Lawyers Association; Defense Research Institute

Education:

Juris Doctor Degree
University of Georgia, 1975
Association of Attenders and Alumni of the Hague International Academy of Law, 1974 – 1975
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Georgia, 1972