LYNN PATTON THOMPSON
Phone: 601.987.4821
lthompson@bislawyers.com

Lynn Thompson has practiced extensively in construction law and litigation, government contracts and procurement (federal state, and local) law, grants law, commercial litigation and transactions, and business consulting for over 26 years.  Lynn is deeply skilled in these areas of practice—as counsel for plaintiffs and defendants—and has successfully represented prime contractors, subcontractors, private and public owners, and suppliers in scores of lawsuits, arbitrations, bid protests, requests for equitable adjustments, disputes and claims with federal agencies, appeals before the various Boards of Contract Appeals and Court of Federal Claims, performance and payment bond claims, mediations, and transactions.  Her decades of experience involving construction (both vertical and horizontal) include arbitration and litigation of a broad range of issues:  bid mistakes, defective plans and specifications, defective construction, insurance coverage and defense, delay and acceleration claims, scheduling, differing site conditions claims, inefficiency and productivity claims, changes, and  terminations for convenience and default,  among others.  Her experience includes negotiating tender and takeover agreements where the contractor has defaulted on its performance obligations.  Lynn also represents clients in contract drafting and negotiation, formation of joint venture agreements, and preparation of teaming agreements.

Lynn’s government contracts practice includes representation of  large and small businesses that do business with federal or state governments. She has extensive experience in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office, the various Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims and representing clients in size and other "status" protests before the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Hearings and Appeals. She represents contractors and owners in disputes, requests for equitable adjustment, claims and appeals, and other aspects of contract administration.  Her experience as an attorney-advisor with the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. provides a unique perspective for representing clients in the private sector.

Lynn also focuses on special small business programs, including the HUBZone Program, 8(a) Program, Women-Owned Small Business Program, All-Small Mentor-Protégé Program, and the Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Concern programs. She regularly consults with large and small businesses that desire to participate in these programs as well as procurements subject to the Randolph-Sheppard Act and assists with business planning, certification, joint venture and teaming agreements, contract drafting, compliance, and protests. Lynn has a national base of clients, from all over the Southeast, West Coast, Hawaii, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas and states in between.

Lynn also represents clients in corporate and business matters, including transactions (asset purchases and sales, mergers and acquisitions, formation of corporate entities), business litigation, project-related transactions, and contract drafting/negotiation.      

As associate counsel for the Mississippi Association of General Contractors, Lynn assisted with development of Mississippi's Construction Lien Law that became effective in 2014. 



EDUCATION

Emory University School of Law, J.D. (1992)

Emory University, B.A. summa cum laude (1988)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Court of Federal Claims

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

DISTINCTIONS

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Listed by Best Lawyers in Construction Law

Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America 

Mississippi Business Journal - Leadership in Law (2017)

Mississippi Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code Debtor-Creditor Study Group (2009)


PUBLICATIONS & EVENTS

“False Claims Act – Be Aware, Be Wary, and Be Ready”

Co-presenter to the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, February 2019, Los Angeles, California

Avoid a Day of Reckoning: Navigating Requirements for Public Procurements, Audits, and Appeals to Minimize De-Funding by FEMA for Disaster-Relief Projects - Presented July 26, 2018 to ABA Public Contract Law Section.

Michael Loulakis, Lauren McLaughlin, Lynn Thompson, Alternate Delivery Systems: Design-Build, At-Risk Construction Management, and IDIQ Contracts, in Branca, M. et al. (Eds.) Federal Government Construction Contracts (3rd ed., pp. 103-154)(2017). Chicago, IL: ABA Book Publishing.

"Integrated Project Delivery - Will the Federal Government Join This Industry Trend?" The Construction Lawyer (Summer 2017)

"Indemnity Clauses: Is the Subcontractor Responsible? What About the Design Professional?" Construction Defect Litigation From A to Z, National Business Institute (2013)

Construction and Federal Procurement Law Seminar (2011)

Lynn Patton Thompson. A History of Enactment and Significant Amendments to the False Claims Act, in C.M. Sink and K.L. Pages (Eds.) False Claims in Construction Contracts: Federal, State and Local (2007) (pp. 1-14). Chicago, IL: ABA Book Publishing.

Waivers, Releases and Project End Change Orders presented at the ABA Forum on Construction Industry 2002 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Lynn Hawkins Patton and Cheri Turnage Gatlin. Claims for Lost Labor Productivity, The Construction Lawyer (April 2000).

Lynn H. Patton, William R. Purdy, Christopher Solop, Equitable Adjustments in Federal Government Contracts, Ott & Purdy, P.A. (1996).

Contributor, Contractor’s Desk Book on Mississippi Construction Law, Ott & Purdy, P.A. (1996)


MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

Associated General Contractors of Mississippi

Capital Area Bar Association

The Mississippi Bar

State Bar of Georgia

Virginia State Bar

REPORTED DECISIONS

Manfredi v. Harrell Contracting Grp., LLC, 228 So.3d 807 (Miss. Ct. App. 2016), cert. denied 223 So.3d 786 (Miss. 2017)

W. B. Construction and Sons, Inc., B-405818; B-405818.2, 2012 CPD ¶ 17

W. B. Construction and Sons, Inc., B-405874; B-405874.2, 2011 CPD ¶282

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Education Cabinet, Department for the Blind, v. United States; 05-5010, 434 F.3d 1222 (2005)

Melvin Hinson v. N&W Construction Company, Inc., 890 So.2d 65 (Miss. 2004)

North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind, et al. v. The United States, et al.; No. 02-215C United States Court of Federal Claims 53 Fed. Ct. 147 (CFC 2002)