Top Attorney – Joseph B. Tompkins, Jr.

Top Attorneys of North America

Washington, D.C./Press/April 6,  2022 – Mr. Joseph B. Tompkins, Jr., Attorney and Partner at Sidley Austin,LLP is recognized as a VIP Member into the Top Attorneys of North America 2022-2023 edition by The Who’s Who Directories.

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“The keys to my success are working with my talented team and the collegiality of the firm.” – Joseph B. Tompkins

The lawyers at Sidley Austin, LLP utilize their expertise in a wide variety of legal services and the firm is ranked as one of the top ten largest corporate firms worldwide and has offices in 20 cities across the globe.  With more than 150 years of experience, Sidley today consists of multiple groups of legal professionals from many different backgrounds, who are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service, having lasting relationships with the business community, and keeping abreast to the dynamic legal landscape. Mr. Tompkins’ practice concentrates on commercial litigation and disputes, international trade and white collar: government litigation and investigations.

Attorney Tompkins, admitted to the District of Columbia and the Virginia Bar, is recognized in many publications, and is listed as a recommended lawyer for his success as a litigator with clients describing him as having an impeccable work ethic and advice that is always sound and wise, in the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500: United States.  With a legal career spanning for over 40 years, Joseph has handled both local and international cases.

Attorney Tompkins was instrumental in leading the Sidley Austin team, representing Bank of America in a Multi-District Litigation proceeding involving Parmalat, the Italian dairy company that engaged in a multi-billion dollar international fraud. The legal team was successful in getting five out of the six cases brought against Bank of America dismissed in their entirety, and the sixth case settled for less than one percent of the damages sought by the plaintiff. The smallest Parmalat-related case sought $535 million in damages, while the largest sought $10 billion in damages.

Prior to working at Sidley Austin, Mr. Tompkins worked as a lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice until 1982. He represents many clients in matters involving United States government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as federal investigations concerning alleged fraud, corruption and export control violations.

Attorney Tompkins, Jr. is a graduate of Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Politics and he obtained his Doctor of Law Degree (J.D.) from Harvard Law School at the same time he obtained a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is on the Dean’s Council at Harvard Kennedy School and has served as a member for a number of years; he is a member of the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and Virginia Bar Association.

Mr. Tompkins has two sons, Edward Graves Tompkins and Claiborne Forbes Tompkins.

The Top Attorneys of North America, a New York based publication, distinguishes and profiles leading attorneys who have reached a recognizable degree of success and leadership in their field. The directory is valued for promoting awareness of the accomplishments within the North American legal community.

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