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Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson is an Associate Attorney at Ruddy Gregory, PLLC, in the Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Ruddy Gregory, Mr. Thompson was an Associate Attorney at a national firm where his practice involved both litigation and transactional matters.  Following law school, Mr. Thompson was a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute for Private International and Comparative Law at the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany.  His primary research focus was banking and financial law, in addition to international commercial arbitration and the interaction between the two fields.  Mr. Thompson gained attribution for contributions in editing and finalizing several legal projects and publications, including an article-by-article commentary on European Financial Services.  He also conducted multiple semester-long lectures on corporate and securities law and contract law.  
Mr. Thompson is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Law at the University of Bonn.  Mr. Thompson’s thesis examines the over-the-counter derivatives market in the context of private international law, specifically transactions executed under the ISDA Master Agreement.  His dissertation involves an analysis of both national and supranational law from a jurisdictional and choice of law perspective in both public and private forums.  Focusing on the world’s financial centers, it conducts a situational analysis of how party choice, autonomy, and different derivatives transactions are affected by several countries’ jurisdictional and recognition and enforcement parameters, each jurisdiction’s process for discerning and applying the applicable governing law, and the rules of various arbitral institutions. 
During law school, Mr. Thompson was a staff member on the Business, Entrepreneurship & Tax Law Review and earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution.  In the summer of 2015, Mr. Thompson studied Chinese law at Peking University in Beijing, China.  While in Beijing, he served as a Law Clerk in the Real Estate Practice Group of a London-based firm.  Mr. Thompson also attended the session of Working Group II of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law to observe the negotiations of the Singapore Convention on Mediation.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Missouri

EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Laws, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany (in progress)
  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO 2017
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO 2013

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Derivatives Dispute Resolution: Litigation, Arbitration, and Choice of Law under the ISDA Master Agreement” (forthcoming doctoral dissertation)
  • “Arbitration and Finance: Is this the Moment of Reconciliation?” (co-author Prof. Dr. Matthias Lehmann, D.E.A. (Paris II), L.L.M., J.S.D. (Columbia)) (forthcoming)
  • “Solving the Corporate Inversion Phenomenon: An Exercise in Free Market Patriotism, Protectionism Through Facilitation,” 1 BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TAX LAW REVIEW 566 (2017).

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