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Mark Douglas Thompson

Mark Douglas Thompson

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

About Me

 I attended the University of Iowa as an undergraduate before enrolling in Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa. I was active on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. I graduated with a B.A. in computer science. Upon graduation, I worked for an Internet upstart company in Minneapolis before returning to Iowa City to pursue my law degree.

I was accepted at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2000, then ranked among the nation’s top 10% of all law schools by U.S. News and World Report. I deferred enrollment for one year, and began studying law in 2001. I also studied law at Oxford University in England. I graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in May of 2004.

I now operate Thompson Law Office, in Iowa City, Iowa. I practice solely in criminal law, with a focus on OWI / DUI, alcohol and drug related cases. I have been in business since 2005, and have handled over one thousand criminal cases.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Chad Michael Zenisek

    Mark is an intelligent and conscientious person.


    Chad Zenisek Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Daniel James Vondra

    I went to law school with Mark, and I've known him to be a very diligent, hard-worker. I highly recommend Mark for criminal defense in Iowa City!


    Daniel Vondra Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info


IAAuthorized to practice law200408/16/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
Clients' Choice 2014Avvo2014
Top 50 OWI Attorneys - IowaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Criminal Defense Law - Law Firm of the Year, IowaGlobal Law Experts2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Drug Court Defense AttorneyState of Iowa2011 - Present
AttorneyThompson Law Office2005 - Present
Associate AttorneyJohn Wagner Law Offices2004 - 2005
Law ClerkFoster Law Office2003 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of CourtSecretary/Treasurer2012 - 2014
National Association of Drug Court ProfessionalsMember2012 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember - Criminal Law2004 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
FECR095111Deferred Judgment
AGCR091853 - IowaAcquittal by Jury
FECR096619 Johnson County, IowaPlea to Simple Misdemeanor

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Publication NameTitleDate
Thompsonjustice.com100+ Blog Entries2014
Lawyers.comPublished Legal Answers2012

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Luther CollegeComputer ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Private Practice ForumPrivate Practice2014
Law Recruitment DayFuture of Legal Education2014
Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of CourtHow to Examine a Witness2014
Client Counseling ClassHow to Start a Law Firm2013
SeminarLegal Ethics in Iowa, as Applied to Real World Practice2012
Criminal Law SeminarDrug Courts: A Comparison of Approaches2012
What Lawyers Need to Know, Outside of their SpecialtyDealing with an OWI Charge in Iowa2011