Eliot Deringer Thompson

“Eliot Thompson speaks to jurors during closing argument.”

Eliot Thompson focuses his practice on civil litigation in both state and federal court, leveraging his significant experience in high-stakes jury trials to achieve the best possible results for his clients.

Areas of emphasis include employment law, consumer protection, and land-use.

He has tried hundreds of cases to verdict, and made oral argument to both state and federal appellate courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

When not practicing law, he enjoys skiing, photography, and playing with his dog, Seamus.

Representative Cases

H. v. USPS

After taking over for the original attorney, Eliot argued to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who granted the appeal and reversed the decision of the federal judge and reinstated the employment suit against a national employer.

O. vs. Deutsche Bank

In a dispute over a home purchase, Eliot filed suit against international banking entity who subsequently agreed to pay all sums owed to client and attorney fees.

M. vs. [Union]

Eliot filed suit against a major Oregon union for discrimination of a female employee who accepted a major pretrial settlement offer.

McCart v. J.

A local business was sued in federal court under a Civil RICO theory. Eliot successfully defended the business and obtained dismissal of the business from the suit.

State v. D.

After a governmental agency threatened to revoke the license and certification of a small-business owner, Eliot was able to negotiate a settlement to allow the business owner to stay in business without having to litigate through many levels of costly bureaucracy.


Lead attorney in homicide investigation and prosecution, including interview with suspected killer.

State v. J.

Eliot helped direct a grand jury investigation into a 35-year cold case resulting in the discovery of a new victim and a criminal indictment.