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John Thompson

Subject Matter Expert, Security Executive Council

With eighteen years legal experience addressing security matters from prevention and counseling to training and litigation, John is a nationally recognized expert in the area of workplace violence. He has provided consulting, counseling, training, and litigation services to the government, numerous Fortune 500 and other companies for workplace violence and related security problems. Named to the 2006 “Best Lawyers in America” list, John has developed workplace violence training programs and videotapes for supervisors and managers and has tried a workplace homicide lawsuit to jury verdict. Also a member of the Security Executive Council Expert Faculty, John helps develop strategic security services and products for council members.

Currently a partner with the Minneapolis law firm of Oberman Thompson, LLC, John formerly served as in house counsel for 3M Company where he advised the Human Resources, Employee Assistance, Medical, and Security Departments. John participated in the development of 3M's progressive and proactive approach to the problem of workplace violence, including incident management and the development of a threat assessment team and other preventive techniques.

He enjoys a unique career combination; that of practicing attorney and corporate development of employer workplace violence management and security programs. He is the author of the Council produced series: Response to Misconduct Allegations Series. He holds both BA and JD degrees with honors from Georgetown University.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Corporate security legal risks and employment law
  • Nationally recognized expert in the area of workplace violence
  • Incident management and threat assessment

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