Jason Thompson represents clients in class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving consumer protection, employment rights, and mass tort cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States. His clients include individuals as well as municipalities, healthcare plans, and unions.
Over the past 23 years, Jason has been recognized for his excellence as a trial lawyer, including selection by his peers as a Super LawyerTM, board certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and an AV Preeminent Lawyer rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Jason has been appointed as class counsel and in MDL leadership positions in cases involving antitrust, overtime pay, insurance coverage, environmental pollution, and consumer protection. He has been asked to testify repeatedly before the Michigan Legislature regarding the state’s pharmaceutical immunity law and amendments to qui tam provisions under Michigan’s Medicaid fraud law.
In addition to his law practice, Jason writes and speaks on topics related to his practice, chairs Sommers Schwartz’s Complex Litigation department, and sits on the firm’s Board of Directors. He also teaches a course on class actions and MDL litigation as an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Law. In 2017, Jason became an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.
- Michigan State University College of Law, Juris Doctor cum laude, 1992
- Law Review - Note and Comment Editor
- Clerk, Hon. John Bruff, 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan
- Clerk, Hon. Marvin Stempien, 3rd Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan
- University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 1989
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court Admissions: Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan, District of Alabama, Northern District of California, Northern Central District of California, Southern District of California, District of Colorado, Northern District of Georgia, Northern District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, Western District of Kentucky, Western District of Louisiana, District of Maryland, District of Massachusetts, District of Minnesota, Southern District of Mississippi, Northern District Missouri, Western District of Missouri, District of Nevada, Southern District of New York, Western District of North Carolina, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern District of Tennessee-Knoxville, Southern District of West Virginia, Western District of Washington
Areas of Practice
Mr. Thompson has been appointed to leadership positions in a variety of complex litigation matters:
- Gullage et al. v. Cognosanto, LLC (Class Counsel)
- Jane Doe et al. v. Deja Vu et al. (Class Counsel)
- Wengerd et. al. v. Self-Reliance, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Compressor Engineering Corp. vs. Thomas (Class Counsel)
- Lee v. Asurion Insurance Services et al. (Class Counsel)
- Gaffers v. Kelly Services, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- In Re: Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation MDL No. 2406 (Damages PSC Committee Member)
- Bourne v. Ansara Restaurant Group et al. (Class Counsel)
- APB Associates v. Bronco’s Saloon, Inc. et al. (Class Counsel)
- Compressor Engineering Corporation v. Manufacturers Financial Corporation, et al. (Class Counsel)
- Machesney v. Lar-Bev of Howell, Inc., et al. (Class Counsel)
- Alderoty v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Class Counsel)
- Atkinson v. TeleTech, LLC (Class Counsel)
- Avio, Inc. v. Alfoccino, Inc. et al. (Class Counsel)
- Wright v. Jacob Transportation Services, LLC et al. (Class Counsel)
- Klein v. Secura Insurance Co. (Class Counsel)
- Wilson v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Class Counsel)
- Cardoza v. Bloomin’ Brands Inc. et al. (Class Counsel)
- Matthews v. Convergys Corp. et al. (Class Counsel)
- Ingram v. Passmore Towing & Recovery (Class Counsel)
- Terry v. TMX Finance LLC et al. (Class Counsel)
- Ross v Jack Rabbit Services, LLC, et al. (Class Counsel)
- Lawrence v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Class Counsel)
- Stelmachers v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Class Counsel)
- Williams vs. Sykes Enterprises, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Flores vs. Velocity Express, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Jimenez et al vs. Allstate Insurance Company et al (Class Counsel)
- Automotive Wire Harness Systems Antitrust Litigation MDL No 2311 (Direct Purchaser PSC)
- Jackson's Five Star Catering, Inc. v John R. Beason d/b/a Tax Connection World & Tax Connection Worldwide LLC (Class Counsel)
- Exclusively Veterinary Cats Hospital, P.C. v Anesthetic Vaporizer Services, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Northstar Education Finance, Inc. Contract Litigation MDL No. 1990 (Executive Committee)
- Stanley vs. United States Steel Corporation (Class Counsel)
- Amgen Off Label Marketing Litigation MDL No 1934 (Executive Committee)
- In Re: Neurontin Sales and Marketing MDL No. 1629 (Purchase Claims Committee)
- In Re: Vioxx Sales and Marketing MDL No. 1657 (Purchase Claims Committee)
- In Re: Bextra/Celebrex Sales and Marketing MDL No. 1699 (Purchase Claims Committee)
- In Re: Tricor (TPP Allocation Counsel)
- In Re: Zyprexa MDL No. 1596 (Purchase Claims Committee)
- Haase vs. Frank J. Bluestein, et al. (PSLRA Counsel)
- Regina vs. Comcast of Detroit, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Snow v Atofina Chemical Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Over $16 million in client settlements for women injured by defective transvaginal mesh products
- $680,000 class action settlement involving restaurant employees who alleged they were forced to tip-out to ineligible employees and also cheated out of minimum wage
- $3.0 million class action settlement involving restaurant employees who alleged they were cheated out of minimum wage and overtime pay
- $3 million class action settlement on behalf of hourly employees at Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. for violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act in failing to pay their employees all earned wages.
- $3.5 million class action settlement on behalf of home-based customer service agents who claimed their employer unlawfully withheld compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act's wage and hour provisions
- $22.5 million recovered for class of insurance policyholders in 38 states whose covered property damage claims were previously underpaid
- $7.5 million settlement in nationwide wage and hour collective action involving more than 12,000 call center employees who were not paid for their pre-shift computer login and boot-up time.
- $4.5 million settlement in nationwide wage and hour class action involving more than 20,000 at-home call center employees who were not paid for their pre-shift computer login and boot-up time and for time spent working “off-the-clock” while experiencing system downtime.
- $1.1 million settlement in nationwide wage and hour class action involving more than 1,000 at-home call center employees who were not paid for their pre-shift computer login and boot-up time and for time spent working “off-the-clock” while experiencing system downtime.
- $940,000 settlement wage and hour collective action settlement in a nationwide lawsuit against Sykes Enterprises, Inc. by approximately 4,000 call center employees who were not paid for their pre-shift computer login and boot-up time
- Wage and hour collective action settlement for $1.4 million involving call center employees. Alleged violations included logging into and out of software programs which resulted in unpaid overtime compensation.
- $11.3 million collective action settlement on behalf of exotic dancers working at a Déjà Vu gentleman's club who were not paid a minimum wage as required under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Instead, the dancers were misclassified as independent contractors and were forced to pay the clubs rent out of the dance fees paid by customers.
- State Bar of Michigan
- The National Trial Lawyers
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- American Association for Justice - Wage & Hour Litigation Group (Former Co-Chair), Class Action Litigation Group, Section on Toxic Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts, Employment Rights Section
- Michigan Association for Justice - Former Executive Committee Member
- American Arbitration Association –Arbitrator, Class Action and Employment Panels
I cannot say enough good things about Jason - an incredible lawyer and an even better person. There are very few lawyers that I trust completely, but Jason is one of them and rightfully so.
I'm speechless! I never expected to receive the settlement that you guys worked so hard for! Thank you so much!
Many may find it challenging to select a law firm for their legal issues. Certainly, there are many competing firms and attorneys promoting legal expertise and work. However, having much experience in the legal field, both as employee and litigant, the law firm of Sommers & Schwartz provides top-tier work, accountability and masterful legal counsel, such as that of Jason Thompson, Esq. Whatever the issue, Sommers & Schwartz will efficiently and quickly achieve the best possible resolution for your legal needs while putting your interests first. This firm is an excellent choice to achieve satisfactory results.
Mr. Thompson, I’m so appreciative for everything that you’ve done in representing me in my transvaginal mesh implant claim. I’ve had the surgery and am feeling better, and it’s been such a relief. You and your team handled everything so professionally and have been so personable and compassionate. In particular, your paralegal was wonderful to me, showed me and others such empathy, and made everything so smooth. We don’t always hear the positive things about lawyers or lawsuits, but every time I called, she took the time to explain everything to me. I will be happy to recommend your firm to anyone who needs legal help.
Thank you Jason, I would recommend your law firm in a heartbeat. If I ever did need more help with something concerning the law, I will certainly contact you.
Jason Thompson represented me in a gross negligence case, and I couldn't have been more impressed with his professionalism and energy throughout the entire process. I was very pleased with his service and how thorough his team was from start to finish. I would refer him to friends and family.
Just wanted to formally thank you for taking the time to discuss the area of class action. I admire all that you've done in your career and your advice is very valuable to me. It is my wish that we work together some day on cases, but I'm sure we will cross paths again in this exciting field of law. I wish you the best with everything. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and everyone at Sommers Schwartz.
Jason was an aggressive and thorough attorney when he represented my case. He spent the time listening to me as a client and he would explain what steps were next as we went through the process. Jason made me feel very confident in my case and in him as an attorney.
My husband and I had taken the advice of someone else over yours - only to later regret it. You got the results we wanted in three days after we wasted 7 weeks with someone else. You have no idea how much you and your team have helped me, and I truly appreciate all that you have done. Oh, and that loud whooshing noise you're hearing? It's just a big sigh of relief!
- Michigan Lawyers Weekly – Top Settlement 2012 ($22.5 Million)
- Super Lawyers (Michigan) – 2006-2012 and 2014 to present
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan, National Trial Lawyers Association
- Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyers,” 2001
- Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy
- Leading Lawyers – Class Action & Mass Tort Law
- AV Preeminent Lawyer (Martindale Hubbell) – Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0
- “Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Old Approach to Michigan’s Drug Immunity Defense,” Michigan Bar Journal, January 2015
- “Supreme Court Confirms Importance of Class Actions,” Michigan Association for Justice Journal, Fall 2013
- “Wage and Hour Litigation – Employee Status,” Michigan Bar Journal, February 2011
- “Establishing Causation in an Ambient Air Quality Nuisance Action,” American Association for Justice, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts, Fall 2008
- “Corporate Misconduct Helps Fuel Lawsuits,” Crain’s Detroit Business, August 30, 2005
- “Mass Tort Settlement Options in Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation,” Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts, Spring 2003
- “Environmental Pollution: Today’s Lawsuits Against Polluters Are Inducing Claims for Emotional Distress Damages,” Michigan Bar Journal, September 2002
- “’As Is’ Clause Holds Water Under the Michigan Underground Leaking Storage Tank Act,” Detroit College of Law Review, 1993
- “Room for Sobriety Checkpoints under the Fourth Amendment,” Detroit College of Law Review (note), 1991
- Adjunct Professor, Complex Litigation, Michigan State University College of Law – 2013 to 2015
- Speaker, 2016 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Employment Rights Section and Wage & Hour Litigation Group, “Mediating FLSA Actions”
- Speaker, 2015 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Employment Rights Section and Wage & Hour Litigation Group, “The Current State of the De Minimis Doctrine and Recent Supreme Court Fair Labor Standards Act Decisions”
- Speaker, 2014 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Employment Rights Section and Wage & Hour Litigation Group, “Rule 68 Offers of Judgment-Genesis and Beyond”
- Moderator, 2013 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Employment Rights Section and Wage & Hour Litigation Group CLE Program
- Speaker, 2013 American Association for Justice, Continuing Legal Education Program, “The Latest Developments Affecting your Class Action Strategy Teleseminar”
- Sponsor, 2013 First Annual Great Lakes Mass Tort Seminar
- Moderator, 2012 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Employment Rights Section and Wage & Hour Litigation Group CLE Program
- Moderator, 2011 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Employment Rights Section and Wage & Hour Litigation Group CLE Program
- Speaker, 2011 Ohio Association for Justice Wage & Hour Seminar, “H2B Visa Workers and FLSA Violations”
- Moderator, 2011 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, New York, New York
- Speaker, 2010 Michigan Association for Justice New Lawyers “Discovery Workshop”
- Moderator, 2010 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Wage & Hour Litigation Group Educational Seminar
- Speaker, 2009 American Association for Justice Annual Convention – “Wage & Hour Litigation: Employee Status”
- Panel Member, 2007 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Deposition Workshop
- Speaker, 2005 American Association for Justice, Annual Convention – “Obtaining Recovery for Identity Theft Victims”
- Speaker, 2005 Florida Justice Association – “Bringing Your Closing Argument to Life”
- Speaker, 2005 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Rapid Fire Seminar – “New Ways to Succeed”
- Speaker, 2003 Product Liability and Personal Injury Law Conference, Kitzbühel, Austria – “Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation Settlements”
- Judge, 3rd Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition, Michigan State University/Detroit College of Law, 2002
- Speaker, 2002 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Seminar -“Mass Torts and Environmental Class Actions”
- Moderator, 2002 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Rapid Fire Symposium – “Environmental Torts”
- Speaker, 1998 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Rapid Fire Symposium – “EMS Cases”