Joseph "Trey" Thompson is a partner in the Charleston office with a range of experience litigating commercial and employment disputes as well as catastrophic personal injury claims arising from premises, products and toxic exposures. He has tried over 100 jury trial cases in state and federal courts in his 20 years of practice. He has argued cases before the South Carolina Supreme Court and South Carolina Court of Appeals. As a result of his trial work, Trey has an understanding of how to conduct effective and efficient discovery to position his clients' cases for presentation to a jury in an optimal light.
Trey has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants for 2013 and 2014.
While Trey enjoys the court room, he understands that clients typically do not. As a result, Trey works closely with his clients to develop strategies for moving a case toward resolution at mediation. Trey not only represents clients at mediations, he also conducts them as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator, as qualified by the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification.
Trey's speaking engagements have been as diverse as his litigation practice, presenting on topics such as the South Carolina Payment of Wages Act, the enforceability of non-compete agreements, the South Carolina "Lemon Laws", and assorted topics relating to automobile insurance coverage and associated South Carolina statutes.
A sample of cases that Trey has tried to verdict include:
• The defense of two traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases.
• The defense of two allegedly defective hair care product cases involving a national retailer and an international hair care product manufacturer.
• The defense of a claim involving an alleged exposure to the chemical trichloroethylene.
• The defense of employment claims arising from alleged breach of employment agreements, specifically non-compete clauses.
• The defense of an international automobile manufacturer on a "lemon law" claim.
• The defense of a boat operator arising from a collision with another boat in a case tried under applicable maritime law.
When he is not in the office or the court room, you can find Trey with his family, on the golf course, or with a fishing rod somewhere in the Charleston harbor.
Retail and hospitality is near and dear to Trey’s litigation heart. Who would have predicted that as a lawyer, he would have the opportunity and privilege to represent the same quick service restaurant corporation that he flipped burgers for as a teenager? Of course, Trey has represented a much broader spectrum of clients in the retail and hospitality industry on claims ranging from slip-and-falls, to negligent security, to indemnity claims between retailer and supplier/manufacturer. He has defended property owners of retail strip malls and apartment complexes for injury claims allegedly the result of an assortment of defective conditions. He has defended bar and restaurant owners in dram shop cases (alleged inappropriate service of alcohol) and negligent security cases (assaults and batteries). In one case, Trey obtained a defense jury verdict for a pizza restaurant that allegedly served a pizza with glass baked into it (and consumed by a child). In another recent case, Trey defended an apartment complex owner following the unfortunate death of a seven year old child in the complex’s pool. These are just a few examples of the kinds of cases that Trey’s retail and hospitality clients have entrusted the defense of throughout his litigation career.