The firm was established in January of 2002. The late Robert D. Thompson was a senior owner and managing partner of the New Jersey office of a mid-sized Philadelphia law firm. Bob's area of practice focused on the representation of architects, engineers and land surveyors in malpractice cases. Bob left that firm in 2000, to form Robert D. Thompson & Associates. John M. Becker was an associate and worked closely with Bob. In 2002, Kevin M. Bothwell left as a partner at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, and joined Bob and John. Kevin's practice also focused on the representation of architects, engineers and land surveyors, as well as real estate brokers and agents. At that time, the firm became Thompson Becker & Bothwell, LLC.
In 2004, John H. King left his position at Marshall Dennehey, and joined TBB. John's practice had previously focused on the representation of design professionals. Joseph T. Ciampoli joined in 2009, after having been an associate at Ballard Spahr, LLP. Frederick T. Mahar joined the firm as a law clerk in 2013, and became an associate upon graduation from law school and admission to the bar.
True to our firm's history, we emphasize the representation of architects, engineers, land surveyors, and related construction professionals. In addition to being educated in the law, our members are educated in architecture, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and mechanical engineering. Although we are a small firm, each of us had the large firm experience and our group of A&E lawyers is comparable in number to that practicing at larger firms with broader practice areas.
In addition to the firm's focus on construction related matters, our lawyers also handle commercial general liability matters. These matters include the defense of premises liability and product liability suits. Our clients include owners, operators, manufacturers, landscape contractors and snow removal contractors.
The firm is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the following practice areas: Appellate Practice; Arbitration; Civil Trial Practice; Construction Law; Insurance defense; Premises Liability; Product Liability; and Professional Liability.