Thompson Burton In The News: Partner Cole Dowsley Quoted in Lawyers USA Article on Recent EEOC Background Check Lawsuits


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently filed race discrimination lawsuits against two large companies, Dollar General and BMW, for use of pre-employment criminal background checks. Thompson Burton PLLC partner and business litigation attorney, Cole Dowsley, published his initial thoughts regarding the lawsuits and the EEOC’s aggressive enforcement initiatives. His commentary resulted in an interview with national legal publication, Lawyers USA. On June 13, 2013, Lawyers USA published an article, titled EEOC background check suits wake-up call for employers, discussing the lawsuits and quoting Mr. Dowsley regarding the potential fallout for employers. Thompson Burton will continue to monitor these EEOC lawsuits and to lead the discussion on this important and evolving area of employment law.

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Thompson Burton PLLC Leads the Discussion Regarding Ackman’s Herbalife Short Position


On December 20, 2012, Bill Ackman, hedgefund manager at Pershing Square Capital, announced an “enormous” short position against publicly traded direct sales company Herbalife.  Ackman laid out his argument at the Sohn Conference Foundation in Manhattan in a three-hour presentation entitled “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” After the presentation, Thompson Burton PLLC partner and co-founder, Kevin Thompson, one of the top direct sales and MLM lawyers in the country, published his initial thoughts regarding Ackman’s short position and Herbalife’s decision to engage law firm Boes Schiller as its legal counsel.  Kevin’s post was widely circulated on Wall Street, resulting in numerous investment managers contacting Kevin to discuss his opinion regarding Ackman and Herbalife.  One of those discussions resulted in Robert Chapman of Los Angeles based Chapman Capital LLC authoring a guest post at thompsonburton.com entitled “Herbalife: Why I made it a 35% Position After the Bill Ackman Bear Raid”. Chapman’s guest post […]

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Creative Competitors, Recent Developments and Milestones for Thompson Burton


In this episode of Creative Competitors, we talk about signing our lease at Corporate Centre in the Cool Springs area south of Nashville, Tennessee.  We discuss some of the difficulties of getting the office up and running, including purchasing office furniture, equipment, and our gratitude to our top notch interior decorator, Kelly Spalding, for her assistance.  We hope to start hiring administrative support and new lawyers once the space is ready in a few weeks. To that end, we’ve gotten somewhat of a head start on the hiring process. We recently offered the #1 law student in his class in Michigan to assist Kevin with his practice.  Our offer is pending, so we’re anxious to hear a response. We think we can compete with any law firm, big or small, to land high quality talent. We also discuss our recent involvement in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi Scheme case. With estimates of more than Two […]

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Creative Competitors – Jabari Greer, All Around Champion


Kevin Thompson and Walt Burton recently traveled to New Orleans to visit Super Bowl champion and all-around stellar athlete and man, Jabari Greer.  Kevin and Jabari first met as teammates on the University of Tennessee football team in 2000.  This relationship continued on the track team, where Kevin was a decathlete and Jabari was a sprinter and hurdler. During our visit with Jabari for this episode of Creative Competitors, we explore many of the character traits that have contributed to Jabari’s success on and off the field. Jabari is most well known for his stellar NFL career, but he also had a phenomenal collegiate career.  Below is just a snapshot: Played in 51 games at UT (school record) Member of the 2003 Track and Field Indoor Championship team NCAA champion in the indoor 60 M hurdles, 7.55 (school record) 2010 Super Bowl Champion 2003 SEC Champion, 110 M hurdles 2003 SEC […]

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Creative Competitors – Chris Duncan


In this episode, Walt Burton interviews Chris Duncan, co-owner of Superior Custom Homes and Remodeling, at his corporate headquarters.  Superior’s primary focus and core competency is building custom homes from $400,000 up to $2 million in the Middle Tennessee market. Despite significant headwind from the national economy and homebuilding industry in general during the Great Recession, Superior has weathered the downturn and thrived by intently focusing on and responding to the needs and demands of its customers. During the video, we discuss how the same core principles and relentless focus on results that Superior demonstrated during the downturn also resulted in Chris achieving near legendary status while running track at the University of Florida.  Chris is the quintessential competitor, excelling at an elite level in the Steeplechase and indoor mile.  Chris was a 6 time All-American and still holds multiple school records at UF.  Chris has even run a sub-4 minute mile, breaking what […]

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