Anna Thompson has substantial experience in product liability and mass tort actions, bringing a unique perspective from her prior service in the Office of the Chief Counsel, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She represents major pharmaceutical clients in product liability matters at both the trial and appellate levels. She also assists healthcare companies to proactively assess potential litigation risks.

Ms. Thompson began her career at Arnold & Porter and later returned to the firm after working as Associate Chief Counsel for Enforcement at the FDA. While at the FDA, Ms. Thompson worked with the Department of Justice to bring civil enforcement actions—including seizures, injunctions, and civil money penalties—against regulated entities. She also defended the FDA in constitutional challenges and those brought under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Ms. Thompson graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she was the Executive Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Experience

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi as counsel in the Plavix product liability litigation.
  • Wyeth as counsel in the diet drug product liability litigation, including obtaining summary affirmance before the Third Circuit on issues of reasonable degree of medical certainty and removal-before-service.
  • Hologic in medical device product liability litigation

Perspectives

If At First You Don't Succeed: True Stories of Persistent Removals (pdf)
Bloomberg BNA's Product Safety & Liability Reporter
State ex rel. Wilson V. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc (pdf)
The Food and Drug Law Institute
Delaware Supreme Court Overturns Prior Law on Consent Jurisdiction
Arnold & Porter Advisory
Chapter 5: In re Darvocet, Darvon, and Propoxyphene Products Liability Litigation

FDLI's Top 20 Food and Drug Cases, 2014 & Cases to Watch, 2015 (Chapter (5) with permission from FDLI)

Recognition

Washington, DC Super Lawyers
"Rising Star" Personal Injury - Products: Defense and Business Litigation (2014-2016)
FDA Group Recognition Award – Administration Detention Order of Adulterated Food Products Team

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Washington and Lee School of Law, 2008, summa cum laude
  • BA, University of Virginia, 2005, with distinction
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Government & Military Service
  • Associate Chief Counsel for Enforcement, Office of the Chief Counsel, US Food and Drug Administration (2016-2019)
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