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Thomas Austin Thompson

Personal injury Attorney at Bryan, OH

5.0   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    I enjoy being in the courtroom and representing clients in litigation matters, including personal injury matters. I have over 15 years of courtroom experience. In addition to my trial experience, I am also a successful negotiator having settled millions of dollars of personal injury cases during my career without the need to proceed to trial.

    26 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    My experience with family law matters includes both Divorce and Dissolution representation, Paternity, Child Custody and Support matters. I am also a trained mediator and accept referrals from clients and other attorneys to mediate family law matters.

    26 years

  3. Criminal defense
    After ending my run of 15 years as a Prosecuting Attorney, I am now accepting a select amount of criminal defense clients.

  4. General practice
    I consult with clients on various other legal issues, including estate planning and probate matters. For other matters that I may not handle myself, I am confident that another member of my law firm would be able to meet with you to discuss your needs.

    26 years

  5. Government
    I have represented municipalities and government agencies in Northwest Ohio for many years. Currently, I am the Solicitor for the Villages of Pioneer, Edon, Fayette and Blakeslee, Ohio. I have also assisted other government entities with right-of-way clearance for major public improvement projects, including appropriation actions.

    26 years


I enjoy being in the courtroom and representing clients in litigation matters; including personal injury, domestic relations, criminal law and business disputes.  I am also a trained mediator and collaboratively trained attorney who can assist clients in appropriate cases to find common ground to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom.  In addition, I represent several governmental entities such as the Villages of Pioneer, Edon and Fayette and am a former County Prosecuting Attorney. 


EDUCATION:  Honors graduate of The University of Toledo College of Law (Cum Laude, 1997); Member of the Order of the Coif national legal honor society; Ohio Regent’s Fellow award winner, 1994; Merit Scholar 1996, 1997.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Business Administration from Tiffin University (Magna Cum Laude, 1994).


Bish, Butler & Thompson Limited


5.0 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
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Posted by Heidi | May 17, 2024
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Car accident
I hired Thomas Thompson I was involved in auto accident. I highly recommend him .Thomas worked really hard on my case and always kept me updating and ended up winning my case for me .
Posted by Abbey | October 9, 2023
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Hardworking and Patient.
I can't say enough about Tom. He is great at what he does. I know we didn't have the easiest case for him, but he was so patient through it all and did what needed to be done. He was very honest with us the whole time and didn't sugar coat things which I appreciated more than someone lying to us to make us feel better. I have no complaints. Just great to work with overall.
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Response from Thomas Thompson October 10, 2023
Thank you for your kind words Abbey.
Posted by Penny | July 9, 2020
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Very grateful for the excellent work
I am deeply grateful for the excellent legal work undertaken for me by Tom Thompson. He carefully explained all options to me, and then worked speedily and effectively to bring about a very satisfactory outcome. He also approached the work with a caring attitude, which was much appreciated in the midst of the distress of the situation.
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Posted by Erick | November 14, 2023
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Fully recommended!
Great outcome, got my case dismissed, fully recommended. Not sure what else to add as the system requires a longer statement but as mentioned, fully recommended.
Posted by Giacinta | November 1, 2023
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Car accident claim
Tom, worked with me through this entire process from the beginning coming out to meet me at my mothers as i couldnt move around, to countless phone calls and answwering all the questions i had. Even giving me referrals to other people who he believed would be more experienc in answering the question if he wasnt sure. He got my case closed in a little over 6 months. I highly recommend to anyone
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Posted by Michelle | October 4, 2022
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Compassionate and professional!
After my car accident, Tom Thompson and his staff handled everything. He has become a trusted family friend.
Posted by Erick Aguilar | September 23, 2021
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CDL ticket
Great assistance with real results! Mr. Thompson helped out with a traffic ticket to one of my CDL drivers and we are very satisfied with the results.
Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2020
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a review
I recently had Ton Thompson represent me, and i couldn't be more pleased. The sentence was the absolute minimum possible. I felt he was totally on top of the situation, and gave it all of his time and attention. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Matt | March 10, 2020
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Highly recommended
Mr Thompson was caring, prompt, professional and competent. He handled my case quickly and made it easy and stress free. I highly recommend him for any situation.
Response from Thomas Thompson April 3, 2020
Thanks Matt! Very happy we were able to assist you and make the process easier for you.
Posted by Matt | January 1, 2020
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Child Custody Case
Mr. Thompson did an outstanding job of research, preparation, and delivery of facts during our pretrial. Tom communicated in a prompt and precise manner, which allowed complete understanding of where the case stood, throughout the entire process. I couldn't be more pleased with the process and the results of the case. Tom worked so hard that final trial was not necessary(which kept costs down) and he mailed the balance of the retainer to me within a business day of the matter being officially resolved. Choosing the right attorney is HUGE. We made the right choice!
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Posted by Steve | October 19, 2019
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Tom Thompson was my calm in the middle of a divorce hurricane!.
Tom Thompson is exceptional! As my divorce lawyer, he was immensely helpful in protecting my wishes and guiding me to a fair, honest agreement. I trust him explicitly. At times when the opposing side was escalating the situation, Tom was the voice of reason. He is diligent, timely, and forward thinking. He conducts himself with professionalism in all types of situations. I am so thankful for him!
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Posted by Josh | June 17, 2019
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Awesome attorney!
I was referred to Mr. Tompson by another firm. I made a large mistake, and was given a ticket for 16 over in a work zone in a CMV (not hard when it drops from 70-50) Tom told me that he wasn’t sure what the prosecutor would do with it, but he would do his best. A week and a half later he call me personally to tell me he had gotten it reduced to a equipment violation! Very very good outcome especially for a commercial vehicle ticket. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Tompson if you find yourself looking for a attorney in his area!
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Response from Thomas Thompson June 21, 2019
It was my pleasure to help you Josh. Thank you for the positive feedback. It is always nice to hear from happy clients.
Posted by Abby | January 23, 2019
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Child Custody
I had a very important case, and I knew Tom as a friend through a business club, but I didn't know what his potential as my attorney would be in such an important case for me. I was very nervous going into court, but Tom came through like a shining star for me. He was able to cross-examine and defend me and my opposition in every possible way to help prove points that were important for the judge to get the full picture. I am very grateful for what he was able to do, paying attention to the details that were extremely important. I won't go to anyone else now for my attorney needs! Highly recommended!
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Response from Thomas Thompson February 16, 2019
Abby, thank you for your kind words. I'm very happy I was able to help achieve a positive result for you and your family.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2017
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Best of the best
I was blindsided with custody papers regarding my young child. Mr. Thompson was very professional and helpful. He kept us thoroughly informed throughout the entire process. We were very pleased with his services!
Posted by Mike T | July 15, 2016
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Best of the best
I have had the honor of having Tom as my Attorny. Tom gave me professional advise and has even been to the courts for personal needs. I have been more than pleased. He is fair, honest and a very nice person to work with
Posted by Dana | October 14, 2015
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Car Accident Injury
Mr. Thompson was an amazing lawyer. I was in a car accident in 2012, I contacted to see if he would take on my case (i had use his law office for a previous issue in 2007 and was very pleased). Mr. Thompson went above and beyond, I worked odd hours and it seemed that Tom would always make himself available to work around my schedule. The insurance company was dragging my case out and it went on for about 3 years. Mr. Thompson prepared me for my court case to make sure I would feel comfortable- luckily he was able to come to an agreement with the insurance company so that we didn't have to go to court. Whenever I had any questions I was able to contact him or his staff and they would promptly answer any questions I had. He was able to resolve my case and get me a settlement that we both felt was fair. I would highly recommend Mr. Thompson. He made this horrible incident, not so terrible to deal with.
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Posted by Richard | June 1, 2014
Mr. Thompson and why I recommend him
I had a difficult decision to make after I was involved in 2-auto accidents 11-days apart. Mr. Thompson took his own personal time to read my on line request. He was one of the first lawyers who responded to my problem. I am impressed because he is a lawyer from my own home town who answered my question on the internet. I hired Mr. Thompson to represent me and found him to be Professional and a lawyer who has genuine concern. I sustained injuries from the accidents and really did not know what to do. Thank You Sir for taking time to help.
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Posted by Leta | April 13, 2014
I highly recommend Mr. Thompson!
Mr. Thompson did a great job from day one. He always made sure that there was complete understanding of the options, alternatives & consequences. His advice was always accurate. If I ever need a lawyer again, I won't hesitate to call Mr. Thompson.
Posted by Brandie | January 9, 2014
My experience was great with Tom
I was blindsided with a pretty common custody based issue back in November. I don't have a lot of knowledge when it comes to this stuff and I don't have a lot of money to battle it out in court. Tom didn't make me feel like an idiot for my questions or make me feel bad for the very confusing feelings of anger. He gave me great advice and kept in constant contact with me making me feel like this was important to him as well. He gave me a very fair retainer fee and I even received money back at the end of the case. Finding a trustworthy person is rare these days. I will be sure to contact him if needed in the future.
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Posted by Josh | June 30, 2013
Great Injury Lawyer
Great Injury Lawyer “I was hurt when I got hit by a semi and was getting frustrated trying to resolve the claim on my own. It seems the adjuster was trying to get me to sign off for almost nothing. That’s when I contacted Tom. He was on top of things all the way along and that allowed me to focus on healing and my school work while he focused on my case. Tom was always willing to sit down with me and my family and explain the law in ways that made it easier to understand. All of my emails and phone calls were promptly returned. On those few occasions where Tom was unavailable, his staff was there to provide plenty of support. I liked the way he handled himself and my case. Tom was able to help me get a settlement much larger than what was previously being offered. Very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs an injury lawyer.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bish, Butler & Thompson, Ltd
  • 1997 - Present
  • County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Williams County, Ohio
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Village Solicitor
  • Village of Edon, Ohio
  • 2002 - 2013
  • Village Solicitor
  • Village of Pioneer, Ohio
  • 2000 - 2013
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Williams County
  • 1997 - 2006
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  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Tiffin University
  • B.B.A.
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Doe vs. ABC Company (Confidential)
  • Settlement of $1,450,000.00


  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Trucking Safety Section
  • 2013 - Present
  • Northwest Ohio Family Law Association
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ohio Mediation Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Morrison R. Waite American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2002 - Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Kiwanis Club of Bryan
  • Former President/Board Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Williams County Bar Association
  • Member - Past Preseident
  • 1997 - Present
  • National Distrcit Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association
  • 1997 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers - Litigation
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award 2013
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Order of the Coif
  • Toledo Chapter - The Order of the Coif
  • 1997
  • Merit Scholar
  • University of Toledo
  • 1995
  • Regents Fellow
  • Tiffin University
  • 1994
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  • Bryan Times
  • Concealed Carry Law Contains Myriad of Exceptions
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Senior Citizens Safety Awareness Month
  • Medication Theft and Safety
  • 2011
  • Professional In-Service Seminar
  • Child Sex Abuse Education
  • 2009
  • Senior Citizens Safety Awareness Month
  • Elder Abuse
  • 2008
  • Juvenile Court Symposium
  • Role of the Attorney in Juvenile Court Proceedings
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (7)
Endorse Thomas
Unknown Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Thompson is an experienced and knowledgeable advocate who will work hard to protect your interests."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Thompson is an exemplary attorney. His answers on Avvo show his incredible grasp of the law, his sensitivity towards his clients, and his common sense. Even after practicing for 24 years, I learn from each of his Avvo posts. I am a former judge, a former prosecutor, a former law professor, and an active private attorney. I endorse Mr. Thompson wholeheartedly and would recommend him to anyone in his are that needs an incredible attorney in family law, criminal law, personal injury, or general practice. Hiring him might very well be one of the best decisions that you have ever made."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having some personal injury background myself and being quite familiar with the process I find Mr. Thompson's responses quite informative and can see that this lawyer truly cares about his clients. I wholeheartedly recommend this top-notch lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Thompson has a Superb Rating on AVVO and is a credit to the community and legal profession for his volunteer efforts to help educate the public on legal matters."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He gives good, solid, practical advice in the AVVO community."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Thompson is very smart, a skilled writer, and gifted with impeccable judgment. In addition to those considerable professional skills, he also offers candor and pragmatic assessments on the complicated real-life issues presented daily on the Q and A forum. I read Mr. Thompson's contributions here regularly and I respect and value his insights and advice."
Family Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Thomas is a valued colleague who has excellent knowledge of the law and the trial skills to exploit that knowledge in Court. He has an impressive body of work. I have also read many of his responses on this site, and assert that they are of a high quality. His willingness to help the public in forums such as AVVO shows an excellent character, and his answers show insight and depth. Thomas is a lawyer who knows how to win. You should hire him-- before the other side does."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Thomas Austin Thompson is a very credentialed attorney and is highly respected in the legal community and with is clients. His very thoughtful answers to avvo community posed questions indicates his knowledge of the law. I strongly recommend that you retain Mr. Thompson whenever you need a strong lawyer in his field."
General practice Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He provides thoughtful answers addressing the asking party's needs."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Other
"I've been reading answers by Mr. Thompson on AVVO in the personal injury and family law areas and find his advice to be insightful and helpful to the the folks coming here asking questions and therefore, I endorse Mr. Thompson."
Personal injury Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because he is knowledgeable, cares about his clients and does what is in the best interest of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I do not hesitate to endorse Mr Thompson. He is very competent and dedicated to representing his clients and thoroughly protecting their rights."
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