About Mark

iowa city lawyer Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Education

Mark grew up in Williamsburg, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa as an undergraduate before enrolling in Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa. He was active on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Mark graduated with a B.A. in computer science. Upon graduation, he worked for an Internet upstart company in Minneapolis before returning to Iowa City to pursue his law degree.

Mark was accepted at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2000, then ranked among the nation’s top 10% of all law schools. Mark deferred enrollment for one year, and began studying law in 2001. While in law school, Mark studied criminal defense and worked for a local criminal defense lawyer.

Mark studied law at Oxford University in England. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in May of 2004.

My Practice

Mark now operates Thompson Law Office, in Iowa City, Iowa. He practices solely in criminal law, with a focus on drugs, OWI / DUI, alcohol, and Fake ID cases. Mark has handled over fifteen hundred local criminal cases. He is the only defense attorney for the Johnson County Drug Treatment Court.

He remains very active in the local legal community, as listed below.

Professional Memberships and Activities

Member – Iowa State Bar Association

Member and former Treasurer – Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of Court

Member – National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Member – Iowa State Bar Association, Criminal Law Division

Member – Johnson County Bar Association 2012-13

Prior Member – Iowa Trial Lawyers Association/Iowa Association for Justice, Criminal Law Section

Prior Member – American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

Prior Member – Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Admitted to Practice in all Iowa State Courts

Seminars and Training

Award – Top 50 OWI Attorneys in Iowa by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense

Presenter, How to Avoid Mistakes with the Law in Iowa City for Student Leaders, University of Iowa College of Law, September 2015

NADCP Annual Convention, Washington DC, July 2015

Iowa State Bar Association Annual Juvenile Law CLE, May 2015

Judicial Conduct and Ethics – Johnson County Criminal Defense Bar, March 2015

Judge – University of Iowa Moot Court Competitions, Van Oosterhout-Baskerville Domestic and Jessup International, February 2015

Judge – AMCA Moot Court Regional Competition – University of Iowa College of Law – November 2014

Presiding Judge – Stephenson Competition – University of Iowa College of Law – November 2014

Presiding Judge – Appellate Advocacy for University of Iowa College of Law – October 2014

Combating Mental Mistakes with Alcohol and Drug Clients – September 2014

Panelist – “The Future of Legal Education” – University of Iowa College of Law, June 17, 2014

National Association of Drug Court Professionals 20th Annual Training Conference, Anaheim, California. May 27 – May 31, 2014

Panelist – “How to Examine a Witness” – Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court, Cedar Rapids, March 2014

Presenter – Private Practice Forum – University of Iowa College of Law, February 2014

IAJ Criminal Law Seminar, September 2013

Presenter – How to Start a Law Firm – University of Iowa College of Law, April 2013

Voir Dire Judge – Advanced Criminal Procedure, University of Iowa College of Iowa, April 2013

Presenter – Legal Ethics in Iowa, as Applied to a Real World Practice – University of Iowa College of Law, November 2012

Presiding Mock Trial Judge – 2009, 2012 Stephenson Competition University of Iowa College of Law

Presenter – Drug Courts: A Comparison of Approaches, Iowa Association for Justice Criminal Law Seminar (CLE), September 2012

Iowa Association for Justice Criminal Law Seminar, September 2012

Presenter and Program Organizer – Non-verbal Communication in the Courtroom, American Inn of Court, March 2012

National Association of Drug Court Professionals 17th Annual Training Conference, Washington, D.C. July 17-20, 2011

Presenter – Seminar to American Inn of Court on DOT procedures with an OWI charge, January 2011

IAJ Criminal Law Seminar, Iowa City, Iowa 2010

Scoring Mock Trial Judge – 2005, 2006 National Collegiate Mock Trial Tournament Finals, 2007, 2010 University of Iowa College of Law

Iowa State Bar Association Criminal Law Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa
2010
Iowa Association for Justice Criminal Law Seminar, Riverside, Iowa 2009

Iowa State Bar Association Criminal Law Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, 2009

ISBA Criminal Law Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa 2008

Iowa Trial Lawyers Association 22nd Annual Criminal Law Seminar, Iowa City, Iowa 2008

ITLA 21st Annual Criminal Law Seminar, Iowa City, Iowa 2007

ISBA Nuts & Bolts Seminar, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2007

Iowa Public Defender Criminal Law Seminar, Iowa City, Iowa 2006

ISBA Spanish for Lawyers and Legal Professionals, Cedar Rapids, 2006

ISBA Annual Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, 2005

Past Employment Positions

Partner – Cole, Vondra & Thompson, LLP, Iowa City, Iowa

Associate Attorney – John C. Wagner Law Offices, Cedar Rapids, Marengo and Amana, Iowa

Law Clerk – Foster Law Office, Iowa City, Iowa

Activities

Mark is a runner, having competed in dozens of marathon and ultramarathon events.