2020 TOP ATTORNEYS:
THE LAW OFFICES OF DHU THOMPSON
Personal Injury • Family Law • Nursing Home Negligence • Criminal Defense
Dhu Thompson, along with Associate Attorney Taylor Hipp and the staff of the Law Offices of J. Dhu Thompson, APLC, work hard and use the latest advances in trial practice technique to litigate their clients’ legal interests. Mr. Thompson has a diverse law practice and trial experience in criminal defense (recently securing a not-guilty verdict for a client charged with murder in Desoto Parish), family law (successful custody trials involving parent and grandparent actions), business law litigation (currently represents the newly formed Shreveport Police Union), nursing home negligence (numerous settlements for wrongful death and abuse actions), and catastrophic personal injury cases (recent six-figure trial verdict in a wrongful death action). He has conducted over 100 jury trials in his career, including civil and criminal trials. He has further tried hundreds of custody cases. The diversity of his legal experience allows him to litigate a variety of legal matters throughout Louisiana in Federal, State, and Municipal Courts. Mr. Thompson is also an appointed Hearing Officer Judge for the 5th Judicial District Court, where he presides and makes recommendations on child support, protective orders, custody, spousal support, and community property cases. Serving as a hearing officer complements his current trial practice, allowing him to view cases from the court’s perspective, which helps him to effectively advocate for his clients. In 2019, he presided over 150 family law actions centering on custody, spousal support, protective orders and community property partitions. To better serve clients, the law firm has a second office in Richland Parish that serves Mr. Thompson’s growing clientele in North Louisiana. Mr. Thompson and his law office professionals have the trial and appellate court experience to guide cases to successful conclusions. Regardless of the size of the case, Mr. Thompson will fight for you to achieve the best possible legal
J. Dhu Thompson
Mr. Thompson graduated from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduation, Mr. Thompson worked for the Louisiana Department of Insurance. He then joined the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney, becoming an original member of the Special Homicide Offender Targeting Unit. From 2004 to 2015, Mr. Thompson was an assistant district attorney in the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, where he successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases, such as armed robbery, DWI, and murder. As a special assistant district attorney, Mr. Thompson successfully prosecuted many high-profile criminals, including Brian Horn, who was convicted of the heinous murder of young Justin Bloxom, and Michael Kevin Hailey, whose cases and prosecution
were portrayed in the book Among Murder and Madness. Mr. Thompson is also a lecturer at police academies, colleges, and local civic organizations on current law and liability issues. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar, Shreveport Bar Association, American Association for Justice, American and Louisiana Association for Criminal Defense, and North Shreveport Business Association.
Taylor E. Hipp
Taylor Hipp is an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of J. Dhu Thompson. Taylor earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science at Florida State University, and then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 2015. While in law school, she was an editor for the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy and she interned with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Following law school, Taylor went on to earn her LL.M in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 2018. Taylor has a broad range of experience in environmental law, wills and trusts, guardianships, and in contract drafting and review, including in commercial and residential rental and leasing agreements, as well as construction contract agreements. Taylor is a valuable asset to the firm and assists with all domestic and criminal cases.
Taylor is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Florida, as well as before the United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport Division. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, and the Shreveport Bar Association.
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