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Our History

Thompson O'Neil offers a level of skill, service and experience not found in any other northern Michigan law firm and not equalled in most downstate firms. Our partners' sixty-plus years of combined experience allow us to provide legal services specifically tailored to the needs of those injured by the carelessness of others. Among Traverse City law firms and with attorneys throughout the State of Michigan, Thompson O'Neil enjoys a reputation for excellence in the representation and support of injury victims, particularly those who are forced to dispute their claim with an insurance company.

Our Philosophy

Thompson O'Neil are trial lawyers who specialize in serious injury, insurance and employment disputes and civil litigation.   We represent only seriously injured victims, not insurance companies. 


Many lawyers think they can handle a personal injury or discrimination claim.

The truth is they are frequently inexperienced; really specialize in something else, and often as not end up calling us for advice.  Handling personal injury cases and litigation isn't "part" of what we do, it's all we do, and all that we have done for decades.  That is why lots of other attorneys and judges refer their clients, friends, and family to us.


Haven't seen us on TV?

You don't have to be a good lawyer to advertise on TV, you only have to pay for the advertising.  You do, however, need to be good lawyers to be consistently rated among the top law firms in the country, to be regularly invited to speak and teach trial skills to other lawyers, and to be the one firm that consistently represent the friends and family members of judges and other lawyers.  At Thompson O'Neil, we pride ourselves on excellent legal service, not good advertising.



General Policies

Contingency Fee Contract

The firm offers clients the option of hiring us on a contingent fee basis. In the event that this option is chosen, the attorneys receive no compensation unless they secure a recovery for the client, and the fee is proportionate to the recovery. The firm also offers clients the option of engaging on an hourly or a daily fee basis. In appropriate cases we have also devised a hybrid option of lower hourly fees, with a contingent component in the event of a successful outcome as defined by the agreement. Under ethics rules applicable to all Michigan attorneys, contingent fee clients may be responsible for certain out-of-pocket expenses: that issue should be discussed thoroughly with any attorney retained by the client.

Free Initial Consultation

Of course, we'll be happy to discuss your case at no charge. Telephone our office to make an appointment for a free consultation or to receive further information. 1-231-929-9700.