Evan L. Thompson
“I owned my own business before I started practicing law, and I had attorneys who worked for me. To this day, remembering what I really liked – and didn’t like – about those attorneys helps me take care of my clients in a way that I think brings maximum value to my work, and helps my clients recognize and enjoy the qualities of our firm that set us apart from other lawyers.”
A Colorado native and long-time Arizonan, Evan Thompson grew up in the farm country outside of Denver. He is an avid hunter, fisherman, clay shooter and outdoorsman, and he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and close friends. Evan enjoys his home with his wife and two daughters and his hunting dog, Winchester.
As a business attorney, and from his experience as a business owner, Evan counsels from a business perspective. Clients frequently comment that they appreciate his approach to problem solving, and that his proposed solutions look distinctively different than what one might see from more generic, less business-savvy lawyers.
In Evan’s law practice, business owners, developers, entrepreneurs and professionals value his broad experience, personal attention, and ability to see things from their point of view. He advises clients on a broad range of business-related issues, including business formation, structure, operations, transactions strategic planning, employment, risk management, litigation and growth. Evan serves as outside general counsel to small, medium and large companies in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, medical services, engineering, real estate development, financial services and construction.
Because Evan’s practice encompasses litigation, as well as business transactions and operational issues, he is acutely sensitive to the financial and emotional costs that litigation can inflict on his clients. As a result, he consistently seeks creative and cost-saving opportunities designed to achieve his clients’ defined objectives with the least financial and emotional expense.
Areas of Practice
- Business Law
- Real Estate Law
- Construction Law
- Employer Defense
- International Law
- Medical Law
- Professional Liability
Evan L. Thompson
- Arizona (all courts)
- Colorado (all courts)
- Texas (all courts)
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Represents individuals, consortiums, and entrepreneurs in numerous startup and early-stage ventures in transactions including recapitalization, stock redemption, minority interest sale, mergers, consolidations, and spin-offs.
BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE LAW
Regularly represents businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals in handling complex and legal needs, including:
Business and Real Estate Transactions
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Real estate transactions
- Real estate development
- Memorandums of understanding and letters of intent
- Joint ventures
- Strategic partnering
- Supply contracts
- Distribution agreements
- Vendor relations
Entity Governance and Administration
- Entity formation, dissolution and termination
- Shareholder and buy-sell agreements
- Corporate housekeeping
- Executive employment
- Compensation models
- Confidentiality and nondisclosure
- Corporate spokesperson deals
- Employee handbooks
Successfully represented a large contracting company in an employment discrimination claim before state and federal agencies.
Teamed with co-counsel to successfully represent a hotel development company against unfounded construction contract litigation, resulting in a net payout of zero.
Successfully represented a seller of real estate in fraud claims against a developer, recouping a substantial monetary and property rights judgment.
Successfully defended a construction subcontractor in a multi-million-dollar construction defect lawsuit, resulting in a net payout of zero for the client.
Successfully defended a large mortgage brokerage firm against fraud claims, resulting in summary judgment and a complete dismissal of all claims.
Represented business clients in a variety business disputes by and among partners, vendors, competitors, etc., involving:
- claims of unfair business practices, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud;
- claims by current and ex-employees and executives;
- complex real estate development projects;
- defense of contractors in construction defect claims; and
- defense of professionals in professional liability claims.
Experience in mediating and arbitrating disputes by and between parties in commercial, corporate, professional liability, real estate, and construction matters.
Publications, Speaking Engagements and News
Authored articles and been quoted, depicted, or featured in a variety of business, legal and entertainment publications, including:
- The Tucson Citizen
- The Arizona Daily Star
- The Daily Territorial
- Wake Up Tucson
- National Business Institute
- Pima County Bar Association
- J.D., California Western School of Law
- B.S., Business Economics, University of Arizona