About Justin Thompson

Justin Thompson, J.D., joined our firm as an associate in 2021. With over fifteen years of experience in sports management, college athletics, and logistics, Justin brings his vast work experience to every case he handles. Justin is interested in representing amateur and professional athletes to ensure that equity prevails.

An alumnus of Morehouse College, Justin holds a Master’s degree from the Allan Bud Selig Sports Law and Business Program at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. As a Presidential Scholar, he earned his J.D. in 2021 from Golden Gate University School of Law. He is currently awaiting his bar results.

Justin sharpens his legal expertise by staying abreast of cutting-edge legal developments in sports law, personal injury, and labor and employment matters. He is a passionate advocate for his community, which includes amateur and professional athletes. He is dedicated to the advocacy of underserved communities.

Justin is an avid cyclist, sports aficionado, and wine enthusiast who enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

We take pride in representing plaintiffs who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries.


  • Associate — The Law Office of Scott Herndon
  • Apprenticeship — Law Clerk Women’s Employment Rights Clinic
  • Research Fellow — McCarthy Institute of Intellectual Property
  • Law Clerk — O’Grady Law Group, APC
  • Summer Associate — The Law Office of Scott Herndon

Our Ethos and Promise to Our Clients

When Scott founded his firm, he had already earned graduate degrees in philosophy, social justice, and literature, and taught at some of the most respected universities in the world, from Stanford University, New York University, to the University of California. He created his firm to provide unrivalled personal attention to his clients, with the academic and argumentative rigor of a published author and professor. He took his years as a defense attorney as a model for how he would represent ordinary people with extraordinary care.

Our ethos is simple: When we commit to your case, we commit to you and your family.

We know that in the face of a catastrophic injury to you or your family, the legal system provides a slow, often undignified, and unimaginably empty response to what your family has endured. We understand that your family deserves respect, assistance, and to be made as whole as quickly and as completely as possible.

We strive to give all of our clients personal, human attention instead of the usual legal advice. In doing so, we strive to give you the space you need, or the partner you can confide in, for the healing process to take shape.

Finally, we understand that you, your family, and your careers depend on your involvement in communities where your dignity and reputation have been earned from a lifetime of living well. We strive to protect that respect every step of the way, working quietly and diligently to ensure your rights are handled appropriately.

While many lawyers advertise that they specialize in litigation or “winning money”, we believe that the nature of the injury is secondary to clients we represent. Because you and your family matter more than your harms.

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Recent Law Office Successes



  • $5.1m judgment on behalf of victims of sexual assault



  • Presented an MCLE entitled The Law Firm’s Guide to Handling Personal Injury Litigation for Association of Legal Professionals in 2021.
  • Authored an article called, “How Garmin and Strava Saved a Life.” Read it on LinkedIn.
  • Obtained multimillion dollar settlement on behalf of clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a commercial accident in Oakland, CA.
  • Efficient, policy-limits victory for victims of life-altering automobile accident in Oakland, California.
  • Successful negotiation of significantly enhanced severance package on behalf of executive level employee at a major technology company in San Francisco, California.



  • Successfully resolved major products liability and negligence case on behalf of a commercial airline pilot who suffered major injuries due to the negligence of a repair shop in the Bay Area.
  • Successfully resolved case on behalf of a nationally recognized media celebrity who was the victim of a complex DUI, hit-and-run accident in wine country.
  • Resolved hard-fought case on behalf of an African-American professor and her husband, a successful architect, for traumatic injuries sustained while vacationing in wine country.
  • Nominated as Super Lawyers Rising Star in Personal Injury, Employment and Business Litigation.
  • Secured policy limits for client in catastrophic cycling accident despite initial police report which assigned 100% liability to client, and which was subsequently reversed after firm’s investigation of case.
  • Successfully resolved complex case involving catastrophic personal injuries in favor of clients involved in a multi-car accident in Oakland, California.
  • Resolved high-profile sexual harassment matter on behalf of client involving a five-star hotel in California.
  • Negotiated terms of high-value contract between construction subcontractor, general contractor, and property owner in San Francisco, California.



  • Successfully resolved catastrophic personal injury case on behalf of internationally recognized athlete at no cost to Plaintiff.
  • Successfully resolved four high profile employment matters with Fortune 500 companies on behalf of Plaintiffs with co-counsel David A. Wolf.
  • Successfully negotiated and resolved two significant contract disputes between clients and major American corporations with co-counsel David A. Wolf.
  • Successfully resolved discrimination case on behalf of Plaintiff with David A. Wolf.
  • Successfully resolved sexual harassment employment matter with David A. Wolf.

Scott has represented me successfully in two matters. I met Scott on the tennis courts and could feel his fiery demeanor on the courts. He brought this same energy to my case. He is a true tiger both on and off the court. Also, I appreciated being able to call Scott on his cell and talk to him man to man. No secretaries blocking for him and waiting days for a return call. Just as my doctor, I insist on being able to have a cell phone number I can call directly. This means everything.”

— P. G.