Brian G. ThompsonSenior Partner
J.D., University of Baltimore, 1996
B.A., Towson University, 1992
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeState of Maryland, 1996
United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1996
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
Maryland State Bar Association
Bar Association for Baltimore County
Brian Thompson is one of the founding partners of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White and is currently the partner in charge of the State Criminal Trial Division. Mr. Thompson devotes his time to litigating criminal cases and related civil and administrative actions.
After graduating with honors from Towson University, Mr. Thompson enrolled in law school at the University of Baltimore. In January of 1994 he accepted a position with the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore County where he was employed for almost five years. As an Assistant State's Attorney, Mr. Thompson successfully prosecuted thousands of criminal cases in the District and Circuit Courts. During his tenure at the State's Attorney's Office, Mr. Thompson developed a particular expertise in the prosecution of alcohol related traffic cases, sexual offenses, white collar crimes and cases involving violations of the State's narcotics laws. Mr. Thompson also prosecuted many high profile cases including the prosecution of the sitting Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
Upon entering private practice in 1998 Mr. Thompson quickly built upon the reputation he developed as a prosecutor and is currently considered one of the most aggressive and talented criminal practitioners in Maryland. He appears in court daily handling an average of 15 criminal and serious traffic cases per week. His cases range from routine criminal and traffic misdemeanors to highly complex blue and white collar felonies. He has defended a diverse variety of clients including many legal and medical professionals, teachers, public figures and prominent members of the business community.
Mr. Thompson has also handled many cases that were widely reported in the news, including receiving international media attention for successfully defending a Baltimore man who was wrongfully suspected of plotting a domestic terrorist attack on The World Trade Center Building in the Inner Harbor. Mr. Thompson received prominent coverage by the Washington Post as well as Fox News and other television news stations for his representation of a Catholic University Freshman who was raped on campus. Because of Mr. Thompson's aggressive advocacy in that case significant changes were made in the way in which the University handles rape investigations. Mr. Thompson has been featured many times regarding his work by virtually every television, radio and print news media outlet in the state. He has also appeared multiple times on WBAL radio to discuss his work and offer legal analysis. Most recently Mr. Thompson received prominent news coverage for successfully defending a woman who was wrongfully charged with operating a dogfighting organization. Because of Mr. Thompson aggressive advocacy in that case the State dismissed all charges related dogfighting and acknowledged on the record that the charges were untrue.
Mr. Thompson is also regularly quoted in the news as a legal commentator and expert criminal attorney for prominent cases in which he is not involved. In 2011, Mr. Thompson’s expertise was utilized in multiple Baltimore Sun Articles for analysis of a tragic case in which a recidivist drunken driver struck and killed a Johns Hopkins College Student before leaving the scene. Mr. Thompson also recently provided expert analysis in the Daily record in a story regarding an elite Baltimore Boxer who was retaliated against by the Police costing him his chance to compete in the Olympics. The Dailey record also prominently featured Mr. Thompson’s expertise analysis in a front page story regarding how bail is set in Baltimore City in comparison with other jurisdictions. Mr. Thompson has written extensively on his blog about this issue and is widely regarded as one of if not the pre-eminent experts on bail issues.
Mr. Thompson was recently appointed by Governor Marin O’Malley to his second four year term on the Trial Court’s Judicial Nominating Committee for Baltimore County. In his four year term this prestigious appointment allowed Mr. Thompson to play a key role in the appointment of the last 7 Baltimore County Judges. Mr. Thompson has also been honored to be named a Super Lawyer by for the last five consecutive years by Law and Politics-Criminal Defense. This prestigious selection identifies Mr. Thompson as among the elite top 5 percent of lawyers in Maryland.
Mr. Thompson is a Member of the Maryland State and Federal Bars. He appears in court on a daily basis in State, Federal and Military Courts in the Baltimore Metropolitan area and around the State. Mr. Thompson is also a United States Army veteran and handles many cases on behalf of other veterans of the Armed Forces.
1984-1986 United State’s Army
1986-1990 United State’s Army Reserve
1994-1998 Assistant State’s Attorney, Baltimore County State’s Attorney’ Office