Byron Clayton Thompson was first admitted to the California Bar 31st May 1979, but is now no longer eligible to practice. Byron graduated from Washington University SOL.

Lawyer Information

NameByron Clayton Thompson
First Admitted31 May 1979 (44 years, 6 months ago)
StatusNot Eligible to Practice
Bar Number85675


Phone Number510-835-1600
Fax Number510-835-2077


Law SchoolWashington University SOL (St Louis MO)
Undergraduate SchoolUniversity of California Davis (Davis CA)


Current AddressThompson Lawson LLP, 1714 Franklin St #350
Oakland, CA 94612


1 July 2016Not eligible to practice law in CA (7 years, 5 months ago)
Suspended, failed to pay fees
10 March 2010Inactive (13 years, 8 months ago)
2 February 2004Active (19 years, 10 months ago)
4 December 2003Not eligible to practice law in CA (20 years ago)
Discipline w/actual suspension 02-O-10862
20 August 1991Active (32 years, 3 months ago)
12 August 1991Not eligible to practice law in CA (32 years, 3 months ago)
Suspended, failed to pay fees
20 September 1990Active (33 years, 2 months ago)
30 July 1990Not eligible to practice law in CA (33 years, 4 months ago)
Suspended, failed to pay fees
31 May 1979Admitted to the State Bar of California (44 years, 6 months ago)

Discipline Summaries

December 4, 2003

BYRON CLAYTON THOMPSON [#85675], 50, of Oakland was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on three years of probation with an actual 60-day suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Dec. 4, 2003.

Thompson stipulated to three counts of misconduct related to his client trust account. He negotiated a settlement for a client in a personal injury case and gave her her share. However, he had not yet deposited the settlement funds, so the funds he gave the client were from another client.

After depositing the settlement check, Thompson made a series of cash withdrawals, resulting in a shortfall in the trust account over a two-month period. When the client’s doctors and insurance company were not paid, she complained to the State Bar, and although Thompson said the funds “were only recently disbursed,” in fact he had not paid them at the time.

Thompson stipulated that he failed to maintain client funds in trust or promptly pay out settlement funds and he commingled personal and client funds.

In mitigation, he had financial difficulties that contributed to the mishandling of his account, and he made restitution to a hospital and his client’s insurer. He also practiced for 24 years with only a prior reproval in 1993.