Company: Private Practice
Location: Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
Ronald E. Thompson, JD, Lawyer at a Private Practice, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.
Amassing nearly 60 years of professional excellence in the legal industry, Mr. Thompson has been serving as an attorney in his own private practice since 2000, having previously enjoyed a successful 38 years as the president of Thompson, Krilich, LaPorte, West & Lockner in Tacoma, WA. First founded in 1961, the firm focuses its practice on personal injury, construction injuries, employment law, civil rights and automobile accidents. Prior to these appointments, Mr. Thompson was the assistant city attorney for the City of Tacoma for one year beginning in 1960. Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Thompson has been a judge in the Pierce County Superior Court for the past 46 years and was a former judge in the pro tempore municipal court for the City of Tacoma from 1972 to 2001.
When Mr. Thompson was a child during the Great Depression, he was influenced by his parents, who owned a movie theater. After the emergence of World War II, their business blossomed and they were able to purchase more theaters across the district. Determined to take over the multiple businesses, Mr. Thompson pursued an education at the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1963. However, after the debut of the television, Mr. Thompson’s parents’ businesses were no longer profitable. He subsequently returned to the University of Washington School of Law and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1958. He has since been certified to practice law in the state of Washington.
In addition to his profession in law, Mr. Thompson spent a bulk of his career in the military, spending two years in active service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, followed by 28 years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Commandant of the 6236 U.S. Army Reserve School and eventually retiring as a colonel. A member of the executive committee in the senior lawyers’ section of the Washington State Bar Association since 2013, he has held several prominent roles with other committees and organizations throughout his career. However, his greatest accomplishment was when he went through the chairs, club president, district governor, international vice president, and international president of his service club, Optimist International, in the early 1970s.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the legal industry, Mr. Thompson has accrued several accolades, including the Civility Award from the Honorable Robert Bryan Inns of Court in 2018 and the 50 Year Award from the Washington State Bar Association in 2008. In 2002, he was presented with the Local Hero Award from the Washington State Bar Association, and the Pierce County Legal Secretaries Association named him Lawyer of the Year in 1992. Notably, he won the International Community Service Award from Optimist International in 1970.
Married to Marilyn Christine Woods since 1956, Mr. Thompson is the proud father of six children, 15 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
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