• 1500 Walnut St. 21st Fl.
  • Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Phone: +1 215-751-9865
  • Fax: +1 215-751-0658

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Peter Thompson (Of Counsel)

peter thompsonPeter Thompson focuses his practice upon representing people charged with violations under state criminal and/or U.S. immigration laws, and those seeking to lawfully enter and/or remain permanently in the U.S. Mr. Thompson began his legal career in 1999 with the prestigious Defender Association of Philadelphia where he represented thousands of people, adult and children alike, at every stage of the criminal justice process, including at trial (both bench and jury) and in direct appeal to the Superior and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In 2007 Mr. Thompson began serving as the Director of the Defender Immigration Project within the Defender Association. In this role he provided immigration consultation services for non-citizen clients, provided direct representation of non-citizens in notable cases and trained and advised, and continues to train and advise, members of the bar and bench regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. In 2012 he joined the law faculty of the Charlotte School of Law, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to serve as the founding Director of their Immigration Law Clinic. The Clinic’s purpose, as directed by Mr. Thompson, was to serve as a voice for the noncitizens in the Southern United States who found themselves in the newly formed Charlotte Immigration Court. The Clinic also served as a resource for the community–including those wishing to adjust their legal status and/or apply for citizenship via naturalization. In 2014, continuing his passion for representing people in complicated legal matters, Mr. Thompson founded The Law Offices of Peter J. Thompson. He also serves as Of Counsel to the law firm of James, Schwartz and Associates. In addition to direct representation, Mr. Thompson provides consultative services for attorneys choosing to represent non-citizens in criminal court who anticipate becoming involved in Removal (Deportation) Proceedings. He also regularly teaches lawyers wishing to improve their skills in this complex area of the law. Mr. Thompson is admitted to practice before all state courts in Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Thompson earned his Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law and a LLM in Trial Advocacy, with Honors, from Temple University School of Law. Mr. Thompson is currently a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), is often called to guest lecture at law schools, colleges and universities and professional conferences regarding both immigration and trial advocacy, and is a member of both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, including the Immigration Law Committee. Mr. Thompson also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, has coached a trial team at Temple University School of Law, has taught Immigration Law and International Law to Villanova University undergraduate students, and has taught Trial Advocacy at Rutgers School of Law – Camden. Prior to law, Mr. Thompson taught for several years on the Navajo Nation, Arizona, and worked as a news journalist for the Irish News in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Contact Peter Thompson:
peter@thompsonlawoffices.org

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  • Phone: +1 215-751-9865
  • Fax: +1 215-751-0658

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