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.
While Trey’s litigation practice has become multi-faceted over the years, the practice area that has remained a constant has been motor vehicle liability and insurance law. From the smallest property damage wreck case to the most substantial multi-fatality trucking accident case to difficult insurance coverage issues, Trey has successfully represented individuals and corporations in front of judges and juries at all trial court levels. Trey has the ability to take on the toughest liability and medical causation questions presented in motor vehicle accident cases, using his trial experience to identify when, and which, skilled experts in fields such as accident reconstruction, biomechanics, and medical specialties should be retained in any particular case. Because the geographic footprint of his practice extends from the Georgia-South Carolina line to the North-Carolina-South Carolina line and west to the mid-lands of the state, Trey regularly advises and counsels clients on the peculiarities of venues in which motor vehicle liability cases may be filed and ultimately tried. Simply stated, Trey has the experience and depth of knowledge to manage any motor vehicle liability and insurance law case that might be encountered in South Carolina.