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George R. Thompson



University of Michigan School of Law Ann Arbor, Michigan Juris Doctor, 1978

Alma College Alma, Michigan Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum laude, 1975

Admitted to State Bar of Michigan, 1978


1978: Clerk for Michigan Court of Appeals, Judge Donald E. Holbrook, Sr.

1979: General civil practice at 420 E. Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan

1980 - Present: Law practice specializing in civil litigation, 309 E. Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan

1994-1995: Michigan State Bar Civil Procedure Committee,  (Member 1992-1995;  Chairman, 1995)



2008-Present: Invited Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, invitation-only honorary trial lawyer    society.

2003: National Finalist,  Primerus Community Service Award.

2006 - Present (each year published):  Listed as a "Top Michigan Lawyer" in Michigan “Superlawyers.

1997 - Present: Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, highest “av” rating.          

1991-Present:   Board-Certified in Civil Trial Practice by National Board of Trial Advocacy, Invited member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, recognizing excellence in litigation.

Annual Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Peer-reviewed publication.

2014:  "Ten Best:  Client Satisfaction Award,"  American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

2014:  Antrim-Grand Traverse Leelanau Bar Association, "Outstanding Volunteer  Pro Bono Service Award."

2015:  National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, "Top 10 Attorney Award."

2015:  National Association of Distinguished Counsel, "Nation's Top One Percent Award."



"Trespassing on the Recreational Users Act," Vol. 61, No. 9, Michigan Bar Journal, 726 (Sept., 1982) with Michael Dettmer.

"Revisiting the Recreational User Act," Vol. 67, No. 5, Michigan Bar Journal, 348 (May, 1988).

"An Open Letter to the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions," Michigan Bar Journal, February, 1981, with Michael Dettmer.

"A Primer on Governmental Immunity," MTLA Quarterly, (March, 1992).

"Lights and Sirens are Not Enough," Guest Column, Traverse City Record Eagle, March 05, 2006, subsequently re-published in several national firefighter publications.

"Faulty Toys Are Not a Game," Northern Express, December 5, 2007, Vol. 17, No. 48.




Board Member, 1996-2003;  Chairman,  2001-2003:  Grand Traverse-Leelanau Community Mental Health, (Great Lakes CMH).

Executive Committee: 1984-1993;   Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

Board of Directors:  1991-1996;  Chairman,  1995-1996;  Funding Task Force:  2004-2005;  Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan.

President:  1983-1997; Children's Hospitalization Family Services.

Founding member:  1986-2001;  Munson Manor Executive Board.

Lawyer's Committee member:  1990-1993;  ACLU Fund of Michigan

Executive Board member:  1987-1992;  Northern Michigan Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union.

Arbitrator: 1986-1995;  U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan.

Joint Committee member: 1985;  Michigan State Medical Society and Michigan State Bar, medical-legal issues.

Board Member: 2015; Safe Harbor Non-Profit 501(c)(3) corporation.



Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education;  in excess of 40 lectures state-wide since 1985, topics have included: No-Fault, Dramshop, Medical Malpractice, Trial Practice, Cross-examination, Pre-Trial Procedure, Opening Statements, Settlement, Medical Issues, Use of an Economist, Cross Examination of Hostile Witnesses.

Upper Michigan Legal Institute; Topics included: Mediation, No Fault, Medical Malpractice, Civil Procedure, Use of Demonstrative Exhibits.

Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Meetings; (1982-2004); Topics included:  Governmental Immunity, Dramshop issues, Proving Damages, and Medical Malpractice Reform.

Michigan Lodging Association;  Topic: Dramshop Liability for Taverns.

Municipal Section, State Bar of Michigan;  Topic: Section 1983 "Civil Rights" Liability.

Association of County Road Commissions,Annual Meetings (1986-1994);  Topic: Road Authority Liability and Mock Trials.

Michigan Association of Cardiologists, Annual Meeting;  Mock Trial and  Issues in Medical Malpractice.



Northwestern Michigan College (1981-1989)

Western Michigan University (2001-2008)



Brewer v Payless Stations, Inc, 412, Mich 673, 316 NW2d 702 (1982)

McDonald v State Farm Insurance Co, 419 Mich 146, 350 NW2d 253 (1984)

Rossman v State Farm Insurance Co, 184 Mich App 618, 459 NW2d 72 (1990)


Daniel Patrick O'Neil


Practicing trial attorney in Michigan for more than 30 years.  Founding partner of Thompson O’Neil, P.C., a civil litigation firm located in Traverse City, Michigan. Have represented hundreds of clients in disputes with insurance companies, banks and employers.  Active in issues of judicial, election and campaign finance reform.

Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Bachelor of Science, 1981

Detroit College of Law Detroit, Michigan Juris Doctor, 1984

Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan, 1984


1984 - 1990 James C. Thomas, P.C. Law firm specializing in general and criminal litigation

1990 - 1992 Daniel P. O’Neil, P.C. Law firm specializing in civil and criminal litigation

1992 - Present Law firm Thompson O’Neil, P.C. specializing in civil litigation located at 309 E. Front Street Traverse City, Michigan

Licensed to practice before all Michigan and Federal Courts including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  Admitted and have practiced in Tribal Courts as well as numerous administrative agencies including the Michigan Secretary of State, Michigan Workers Compensation Bureau, and Unemployment Insurance Agency.

State Bar of Michigan – Member: Awards Committee 2010- Present

American Association for Justice
                   -Negligence Section
                   -Litigation Section

Michigan Association for Justice Member; Executive Board,
                - Member and Chair: Civil Litigation Legislative Committee

Justice Caucus, Michigan Democratic Party; Executive Committee/Board Member

American Civil Liberties Union

National Employment Lawyers Association

Past Member and Chair; Traverse City Planning Commission 1994 -2003

American Constitution Society

Grand Traverse, Antrim and Leelanau County Bar Association

Million Dollar Advocates Forum



Michigan Election Reform Conference     Ann Arbor, Michigan                                  2014
Presenter, Organizer and Host

Michigan Campaign Finance                      Traverse City, Michigan                              2013
Reform Conference; Organizer
Presenter, Host          

No Justice for Injured Workers                  Center for American Progress                    2013
and Consumers  - Panelist                          Washington, DC                              

Justice at Stake – The Workings                 Venues Across the State                              2012
of the Michigan Supreme Court                 of Michigan

Crafting an Effective Cross Examination  State Bar of Michigan;                                2012
                                                                         Annual  Convention                               

Effective Cross-Examination                       Upper Michigan Legal Institute                         
Techniques                                                     State Bar of Michigan

Civil Justice System in Michigan                Engage Michigan
                                                                         Michigan Democratic Party                       2011

Outreach to Progressive Voters                 Engage Michigan
                                                                         Michigan Democratic Party                      2011

The Family Medical Leave Act                   MAJ Seminar in the Snow                          2010

Trial Practice                                                 National Moot Court Competition          2010

Deposing the Expert Witness                     MAJ Seminar in the Snow                          2009

Legal Requests For Medical Records         Lorman Seminar                                          2009-10

Impact of Campaign Contributions on
the Michigan Judiciary                                 Community Forum                                    2008

Supreme Court Jurisprudence                    Forum for an Independent                        2007                                                                    

Social Host Liability                                     MADD                                                          2004





Legal Support Staff

The staff at Thompson O'Neil, P. C. is always willing to assist you.

Loriann Tanis
Paralegal to Daniel P.  O'Neil


Kathy Ann Blunck
Paralegal to George R. Thompson



Anna Dituri