Neil D. Thomson

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (History), 1997
  • Woodberry Forest School, 1993

Neil Thomson is a civil litigator who has experience representing both individuals and businesses.  He enjoys direct client contact and helping his clients achieve meaningful solutions to their legal problems. Neil is a Virginia native who has practiced law in South Carolina his entire career.  Before joining Ford Wallace Thomson, Neil practiced for 9 years at two regional defense firms in Charleston.

Neil has handled cases involving commercial litigation; products liability; personal injury; professional liability (primarily medical and pharmacy malpractice); copyright infringement; real property disputes; insurance coverage; and life insurance / ERISA matters. Neil has valuable experience in the courtroom, having successfully tried multiple state and federal court cases to verdict.  He has also garnered efficient resolution on behalf of many of his clients through favorable mediation and arbitration proceedings. Neil graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as an editor on the South Carolina Law Review.

Notable Cases: – Neil successfully defended a physician before the South Carolina Supreme Court, resulting in the elimination of medical battery as a recognized tort under this state’s jurisprudence (Linog v. Yampolsky, 376 S.C. 182, 656 S.E.2d 255 (2008)).

Neil represented a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation / landowner in a trespass action filed against a professional photographer.  The client owned a plantation which specifically forbade commercial activity under a conservation easement.  The federal court’s order did not preclude landowner from seeking punitive damage recovery and injunctive relief in trespass action, even where there is an absence of physical harm (College of Charleston Foundation v. Ham, 585 F.Supp.2d 737 (D.S.C. 2008)).  As a result, despite the photographer’s preemption and copyright protection afforded under the Copyright Act, this matter settled favorably for the landowner at mediation.

Admissions:

  • South Carolina, 2003
  • U.S. District Court of South Carolina, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2008

Neil is active in the Charleston community.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for The First Tee of Greater Charleston, and also on the Board of Directors for WINGS For Kids.  He is a former President of the Charleston Lawyers Club (2008), and has served as a Mentor with the Supreme Court of South Carolina’s Lawyer Mentoring Pilot Program (2012).

Neil lives in Charleston with his wife, Jackie, and their two young children, Davis and Torri.

E-mail Neil at Neil.Thomson@FordWallace.com