Dhu Thompson is a criminal defense, family law and catastrophic injury lawyer in Louisiana. After graduating from Southern University Law School in 2000, Mr. Thompson worked for the Louisiana Department of Insurance, representing the agency in litigation matters before district courts and administrative law tribunals. Two years later, he joined the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney. He advanced to become an original member of the Special Homicide Offender Targeting Unit, a task force established to screen and prosecute at trial career criminals and homicide offenses. His trial experience included numerous convictions for first and second degree murder.
Mr. Thompson joined the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office in 2004. He has successfully tried hundreds of cases, including the prosecution of offenses such as armed robbery, aggravated rape, and murder. After two years, he was promoted to Section Chief of Section One. As a Special Assistant District Attorney assigned to homicide and violent offender prosecutions, Mr. Thompson prosecuted many high profile cases, including the case of State v Brian Horn, who was convicted of the heinous murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom. Mr. Thompson was the lead prosecutor in the successful prosecution of Michael Kevin Hailey, which is referenced in the book Among Murderers and Madness.
Mr. Thompson has been in civil practice since 2006. In 2012 he opened his own civil litigation practice in Shreveport. He has litigated over 100 jury trials in his litigation career, including civil, criminal prosecution and several death penalty prosecutions. In 2014, he was the only attorney in Louisiana to secure a death penalty conviction in a criminal trial and a six figure verdict in a civil jury trial. His appellate practice includes successful writs to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. Mr. Thompson is also a frequent lecturer at police academies, colleges, and local civic organizations on topics of current law and liability.
Mr. Thompson is active in the Shreveport/Bossier community. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Shreveport Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Louisiana Association for Justice, The Downtown Rotary Club, Optimist Club, Southern Hills Business Association and North Market Business Association. Mr. Thompson is a member of the downtown First United Methodist Church. He is married to Calli Hall Thompson and resides in Shreveport, where they are raising their two children.
Taylor Hipp is the newest associate at the Law Offices of J. Dhu Thompson. Taylor earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Political Science at Florida State University, and then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 2015. While in law school, she was an editor for the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy and she interned with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Following law school, Taylor went on to earn her LL.M in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 2018. Taylor has a broad range of experience in environmental law, wills and trusts, guardianships, and in contract drafting and review, including in commercial and residential rental and leasing agreements, as well as construction contract agreements.
Taylor is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, and the Shreveport Bar Association.