Thompson Law LLC was founded in 2015 by David Thompson. David grew up the son of a hard working farming family in southwest Kansas. At the age of 13 David started working on the family farm where he learned the value of a hard days work.
After graduating from Elkhart High School, David attended Kansas State University from 1993-1997 and graduated with a bachelor degree in Airway Science. In 1994 David earned his Certificated Flight Instructor license and worked as flight instructor for KSU while he completed his studies. After graduation David attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he earned a Master of Aeronautical Science degree, specializing in Aeronautics and Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems. David also holds a certificate in Aviation Safety Management from ERAU.
Between 1994 and 2000 David provided ab-initio flight instruction for pilots seeking initial certification from the FAA. In 2000 David began training pilots in specific models of aircraft when he joined FlightSafety International as an instructor in the Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron. In 2003 David moved his family to the Denver area after accepting the position of Director of Pilot Training and Safety with a relatively young aircraft manufacturing company, Adam Aircraft Industries. During his time with AAI David developed pilot training programs for two models of aircraft. David also worked closely with members of government, academic, and manufacturing organizations in developing training standards for new generation Technically Advanced Aircraft. In addition David developed, implemented, and led the safety program for AAI including accident prevention and emergency response. David's time with AAI allowed him to build a substantial network of aviation professionals representing multiple segments of the industry.
In 2008 AAI declared bankruptcy and David returned to FlightSafety as an instructor in the new Cessna Citation Mustang. During the next several years David trained pilots of the Mustang and conducted certification checks as a Training Center Evaluator. To date David has accumulated over 2,700 hours of pilot time and over 5,000 hours as an instructor. David holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with two type ratings for Cessna Citation models. David also holds a Certificated Flight Instructor certificate for single and multi-engine airplanes.
In 2011 David and his wife Connie decided to pursue their American Dream by raising their family in a small Colorado town. At the age of 36 Connie joined the Kansas Army National Guard, leaving David home to study for the law school entrance exam during her six month absence. After completing basic and advanced training, David and Connie moved to Topeka in the fall of 2012 where David entered law school at Washburn University School of Law. During his time at Washburn, David earned certificates in natural resources law and oil & gas law. After three tough years of school, followed by five agonizing months of preparing, taking and waiting on results of the bar exam, David and Connie, along with two of their three children, moved to beautiful Salida Colorado. (No we didn't ditch the third one. She also joined the Kansas Army National Guard and is now in her second year of the Kansas State University ROTC program).
Since moving to Salida, David has worked as a contractor for the Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel. In addition David has taken on clients and provided contract legal work for other firms. After a long break from flying and training pilots while attending law school, David is back in the cockpit training pilots after forming a small aviation services company.