Charles M. Thompson:    

Personal Data:  A.B. Degree Birmingham-Southern College; Academic scholarship, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Juris Doctorate Degree; member American Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, Christian Legal Society, American Trial Lawyers Association, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (former Executive Committee member)

Legal Background – Associate, Callaway & Vance, composed of now deceased Circuit Judge of Jefferson County,  Clyde W. “Dugan” Callaway, Jr., and Robert S. Vance, the late esteemed judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit. In addition to Plaintiffs’ personal injury cases, Thompson assisted in the preparation of complex class action litigation against cast iron pipe manufacturers, various companies on a claim of price fixing of antibiotic Mycin drugs, price-fixing by school bus manufacturers in the states of Alabama and Mississippi and claims of usurious credit card interest being charged by national banks in the State of Alabama. All of said cases were successful.

Senior Trial Counsel – As senior trial counsel, Thompson has gone on to try hundreds of cases primarily from the Plaintiff’s side. He has successfully prosecuted securities fraud cases, air crash cases, car crash-worthiness cases, wrongful death cases and other complex litigation. He now specializes in class action litigation, mass torts. securities fraud and investor arbitration claims.   Thompson has successfully settled seven figure cases from the Plaintiff’s side as well as achieving Plaintiff’s trial results of seven figures.

Mr. Thompson has successfully represented hundreds of clients who have lost huge sums. Subsequent to his courtroom successes in vehicle roll-over, air crash deaths, drug claims, personal injury, fraudulent sales tactics and financial fraud, Mr. Thompson has for the last decade focused his law practice on investors’ claims and class actions. Due to the confidential nature of these clients and former clients’ cases, Mr. Thompson is professionally prevented from disclosing their full names and the extraordinary results. However, he has accomplished success in over 90% of the  cases he has handled, which he began prosecuting in the mid-1980’s. He has seen six and seven figure results in court trials, settlements as well as arbitration. Under the present law, virtually all customer investor claims against brokerage firms have to be litigated in arbitration, in which Mr. Thompson has had substantial success. He has pursued and prosecuted securities claims against all major brokerage houses, including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Morgan Keegan, A.G. Edwards, Edward Jones, Aura Financial, Wachovia, South Trust Securities, Ameriprise, Raymond James and more.

Since 1976, Charles Thompson has gained the expertise and knowledge that only time can bring.  Mr.Thompson has been involved in numerous class action cases all over the country. (see below detail) He has also been lead plaintiff’s attorney on several multi-state litigations that were highly successful. He has both settled and won trial awards in the seven figure range. Charles Thompson has the experience and tenacity to lead your Class Action case to a good conclusion.  Below, please find a listing of his most prominent class action experiences:

Class Action Results: 

National (LA and TX)   Co-Lead Counsel       Gas Well Securities Fraud Litigation 1986 Settled

Alabama                       Co-Lead Counsel       McBride vs. (unnamed) Cable Company   1994 Settled

National                        Lead Counsel            Rich’s Dept. Credit Card Overcharging   1995 Summary Judgment

Alabama                       Co-Lead Counsel      Pippen vs. State of Alabama Revenue      1996  8.5 million settlement

National (Alabama)    Lead Counsel            Household Retail & Yamaha Overcharging  1997   Settled

Alabama                       Co-Lead Counsel      Creative Leasing vs. State of Alabama Revenue  1997   18.5 million Settlement

National (Alabama)    Co-Lead Counsel      Class Action vs. Firestone    1999    Resolved

Alabama                      Co-Lead Counsel       Behr Paint Co                         2001   Settled

National (California)  Lead Counsel             Canterbury vs. Kraft Foods  2009   Settled   

National (California)  Co-Lead Counsel       Class Action vs. Kelloggs   2010    Settled

National (Alabama)   Joint Counsel              Blue Cross Anti-trust         2012   Ongoing

National (Alabama)   Co-Lead Counsel        Environmental Litigation Grp. 2013 Ongoing

National (California)  Joint Lead Counsel    Campbell vs. General Foods    2017  Ongoing

National (Alabama)   Lead Counsel              Johnson vs. Star Snacks of New Jersey     2020  Settled

National (Alabama)   Lead Counsel              Copeland vs. Tyson Foods                          2020  Ongoing

National (Alabama)   Lead Counsel              Class Action vs. Costco                                2020  Dismissed

National (Alabama)   Lead Counsel             Class Action vs. Marriott International      2020   Settled

National (Alabama)   Lead Counsel             Sellers Vs. Star Snacks                                  2021   Settled

National (Alabama)   Lead Counsel             Johnson vs. Snyder’s-Lance                         2021   Ongoing

National (Alabama)   Lead Counsel             Colburn vs. Greenbrier International        2021  Ongoing

Notable Cases:

Helicopter Crash – Near Houma, LA in Gulf of Mexico. Case settled for $1 million (1978) 

Chrysler Multi-District Litigation – Thompson spent the years 1989, 1990, 1991 and a vast majority of 1992 as plaintiffs’ lead counsel for opt-outs in a multi-district case, before the Federal District Court in St. Louis, Missouri, Chrysler was accused of having disconnected odometers on new cars, allowing their plant supervisory personnel to drive said vehicles as company vehicles, reconnecting odometers upon their being returned to the plant and then cleaning them up and shipping same as brand new. A test case was tried in St. Louis state court with Thompson as the lead trial attorney. The jury awarded Plaintiff $1,040,000. The remainder of the cases settled under terms of confidentiality.

South Trust Securities Class Action – this case was a class action brought as two cases on behalf of investors in a beef raising program. The cases settled after two years of litigation – terms of the settlement were confidential, plaintiffs were happy with the result.

Car Crashworthiness Litigation – the client was a quadriplegic. The suit was based on inferior roof design allowing tree limb to crush in one car collision. The case settled under confidential provision. The client was quite pleased with the result.

Automobile Ad Valorem Tax Class Action – the subject case was filed against the State of Alabama on behalf of all motorists claiming that the State of Alabama was not assessing autos and light pick-ups properly for ad valorem tax purposes. Said case settled for $8,000,000.

Truck Ad Valorem Tax Class Action – similar to the above case but based on over-the-road-trucks. Said case settled for $18,000,000+.

Air Crash Case – Kansas City, Missouri. Mid-air collision causing death of co-pilot. Along with two other attorneys, Thompson tried the case to $1,000,000 jury verdict.

Notable Class Action Experience:


Case Name



National (Alabama) Staff Attorney- Cast Iron Pipe Antitrust Litigation 1976 Settlement
Alabama Staff Attorney – National Banks Usurious Credit Card Litigation 1974 Settlement
National Staff Attorney – Myecin Antitrust Litigation 1974 Settlement
National Staff Attorney – School Bus Antitrust Litigation 1977 Settlement
Alabama Lead Counsel – South-trust Financial Advisers Securities Litigation 1985 Settlement
Alabama Lead Counsel – South-trust Financial Adv. and Paul Bryant Jr. Litigation 1985 Settlement
National (La & Tx) Co-Lead Counsel – Gas Well Securities Fraud Lit. 1986 Settlement
National Lead Counsel – Chrysler Odometer Fraud Litigation (Tagalong Plaintiffs) 1987-91

Settled in 1991

National Lead Counsel – Rich’s Department Store Credit Overcharging 1995 Summary Judgment
Alabama Co-Lead Counsel – Pippen V. State of Alabama Revenue Department 1996 8.5 Million
National (Alabama) Lead Counsel – Household Retail Services & Yamaha Credit Overcharging 1997 Settlement
Alabama Co-Lead Counsel Creative Leasing v. State of Alabama Revenue Dept. 1997 18.5 Million
National (California) Lead Counsel, Canterbury v Kraft Foods 2009 Settlement