J. David Thompson III
David Thompson represents public school districts, junior colleges and other educational entities in the Gulf Coast area and across Texas. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of school law subjects at legal and educational meetings. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the NSBA Council of School Attorneys, a national organization of over 3,000 attorneys who represent public school districts.
Mr. Thompson has been actively involved in matters regarding public school funding for many years. He represented 263 school districts in Edgewood ISD vs. Meno (Edgewood IV) challenging the constitutionality of the Texas public school finance system. Mr. Thompson represented Plaintiffs in West Orange-Cove CISD vs. Neeley, and successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Texas that the system violates the Texas Constitution. He also represented the Fort Bend ISD Intervenors in the most recent Texas Taxpayers and Student Fairness Coalition vs. Morath school finance lawsuit.
Mr. Thompson serves as legislative counsel for the Texas Association of School Administrators, Houston Independent School District, other school districts and education organizations, and has been actively involved in most legislative activities affecting public education in the past 30 plus years.
Previously, Mr. Thompson worked for the Public Education Committee of the Texas House of Representatives, as briefing attorney for the Ninth Court of Appeals, as associate executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards, and as General Counsel for the Texas Education Agency. He also has been an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, University of Houston – Clear Lake, Texas A&M University, and the University of Houston – Main Campus.
In addition to his expertise concerning the general areas of school law listed above, Mr. Thompson has extensive experience in school finance matters, legislation, board/superintendent relations, contracts, conflicts of interest, nepotism, student residency and attendance, competitive bidding, school board policy development, and employment matters. Also, he and Dr. Mike Moses, former Texas Commissioner of Education, regularly assist school boards in searches for superintendents.
Mr. Thompson is a partner in the firm Thompson & Horton LLP, and previously practiced law with Bracewell, one of the oldest and most prominent law firms in Texas.
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES
“Analysis of Texas Supreme Court’s Opinion in Neeley et al v. Orange Cove et al, No. 04-144,” Tex. November 22, 2005.