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Stanley J. Thompson


Stan is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm.  He is Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department and immediate past chair of the Litigation Division. His practice includes commercial litigation, construction litigation, insurance defense and antitrust law.



Since 2012, Stan has obtained defense verdicts and prevailed on several appeals.

  • Earned a defense verdict on a dispute between two businesses regarding a merger which has been affirmed on appeal
  • Prevailed on a motion to dismiss a shareholder suit which was affirmed at the 8th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari
  • Successfully argued a bondholder case to the Minnesota Supreme Court which unanimously reversed the district court and court of appeals on a pleading issue
  • Successfully defended a cooperative on the trial of claims brought involving future contracts
  • Litigated bondholder claims for a receivership in a high-profile case involving an Iowa water district
  • Handled a trademark dispute for an Iowa company in the federal court for the Northern District of California.

Stan garnered a significant victory for MidWestOne Bank & Trust which was sued by a Fortune 500 firm represented by a national law firm based in Chicago. The suit involved multimillion dollar claims based on trade secret misappropriation, aiding and abetting and conspiracy. The two-week jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa culminated in a complete defense verdict for Stan’s client who was found not liable on any ground.


Stan is currently working on a multi-million dollar property damage claim against the Army Corp of Engineers for record flooding in 2011 along the Missouri River and an Adversary Proceeding in federal bankruptcy court regarding governance issues under the Iowa Limited Liability Partnership Act.



Ag Processing, Inc.

Iowa State University Alumni Association

ConAgra, Inc.


Mississippi Medical Plaza LLC

Graham Construction Company