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Adrian D. Thompson
Partner / Chief Diversity Officer

ADRIAN D. THOMPSON provides counsel for private sector clients on issues including equal employment opportunity litigation, wage-hour problems, employment of the disabled, federal housing, and other labor matters. A member of the firm's Executive Committee, Adrian also serves as Taft’s Chief Diversity Officer and helps to drive the firm’s commitment and strategy regarding diversity and inclusion across our offices and in the communities that we serve.

Adrian also represents school districts in contract negotiations, grievance arbitration, litigation, education of the disabled and employment discrimination matters. He served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for eight years.

Adrian is President Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. He helped to oversee the activities of Legal Aid’s 55 staff attorneys, 90 staff members and 1,400 volunteer lawyers across four offices that serve low income clients in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Adrian is also the co-chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Strategies Committee.

He formerly served on the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts, having been appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. In this role, he is one of nineteen members who represent various judges, associations, attorneys, magistrates, clerks of court, and court administrators. Adrian is also a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio's Task Force on Commercial Dockets.

Adrian was elected to the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in June 2011. He is an active member of the firm's Diversity Committee. Adrian has been honored as a Leading Lawyer and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Education Law and is listed in Ohio Super Lawyers.