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Derrick M. Thompson, Jr.

DERRICK M. THOMPSON, JR. is a partner in Taft’s Litigation practice focusing on complex business and contract disputes. Derrick has significant experience as lead trial counsel in a variety of litigation matters, including partnership disputes, real estate litigation, employment litigation, intellectual property disputes, trust and fiduciary litigation, and sports and entertainment-related disputes. In addition, he has been retained as appellate counsel in cases involving business and contract disputes. Derrick also represents individuals and businesses in contract negotiations and counsels corporations, not-for-profit entities, religious organizations and sports and entertainment-related companies.

Derrick has an extensive background in sports. His experience includes playing college football for Northwestern University in the late '90s and representing professional athletes as a National Football League contract advisor. Derrick’s experience gives him a unique perspective in helping sports and entertainment-related companies resolve their legal disputes.

Derrick has been recognized as an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers Network, an honor reserved for lawyers who are 40 years or younger and have proven themselves to be professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal careers. This distinction has been earned by fewer than two percent of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois.