Duane Thompson brings almost 40 years of experience practicing law and as a board member and officer with several local companies in a variety of industries, both union and non-union to VanDerGinst Law. As Chief Operating and Human Resources Officer, Mr. Thompson combines his experience of practicing law in Illinois (since 1980) and Iowa (since 1985) together with his experience in corporate human resources and business development to provide an integrated and skilled perspective to the firm. While not actively practicing law, he retains his law licenses. His background has given him a depth of experience in organizational development, industrial and construction safety compliance, DOT compliance, worker’s compensation, claims management, lean manufacturing processes, and organizational change management.
Mr. Thompson graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1977 with a BA in Political Science and History and later attended, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1980. He has served as Managing Partner in a multi-location, multi-state law firm, and in various local corporations as Vice President of Human Resources, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Corporate Counsel.
In addition to working with VanDerGinst Law PC, Mr. Thompson has his own Quad Cities-based human resources and business development consulting company.
He is a Member of Illinois Bar Association, Iowa Bar Association, Society of Human Resource Management, Rock Island County Bar Association, and Scott County Bar Association.
Qualifications & Cerfitications
- AA, Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, Illinois
- BA, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
- JD, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
- Licensed to practice law in Illinois, Iowa, and federal court
- SHRM-SCP, an advanced certification in human resource management
- Illinois Bar Association
- Iowa Bar Association
- Society of Human Resource Management
- Rock Island County Bar Association
- Scott County Bar Association