Craig Thompson, ESQ.

Partner, Venable LLP

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About the Speaker

Profession: Parnter
Company:  Venable LLP

Craig Thompson is a highly sought after speaker who brings a unique perspective to topics like leadership, professional development, community service and goal setting. He has spoken throughout the country at corporations, schools, colleges, churches and to civic organizations. 


A native of Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, and a second Bachelor of Arts Degree in Afro-American Studies. He is also a 1995 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. 


Craig has received a number of awards and citations reflecting his accomplishments. He graduated from the prestigious Leadership Program sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee in 1998, and has worked with many local, state and national elected officials.  He was featured twice in the Baltimore Business Journal as one of 40 emerging leaders under the age of 40 in the state of Maryland. He was profiled in Jubilee magazine as one of Baltimore’s “Talented Tenth,” and received an “Emerging Leader” award from The Monumental City Bar Association.  Craig also received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland at College Park, the “Leadership in Law” award from the Daily Record and the “Alumnus of the Year” award from the University of Maryland School of Law BLSA.   


Craig is a partner with Venable LLP, one of The American Lawyer‘s top 100 law firms in the country.  Venable LLP has lawyers practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs, and serves corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit and individual clients throughout the U.S. and around the world from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and offices in Maryland, New York and Virginia.  Thompson is a partner in the firm’s litigation division. 


Craig is published in two books, an anthology entitled Atonement: The Million Man March, and Tough Love: The Life and Death of Tupac Shakur.  His first children’s book, The ABCs of Black History: A Childrens Guide, was published in January 2005 and is already in its fourth printing. Two years later, he published another book in the series, “The ABCs of Black Inventors.”  


For several years, Craig hosted a weekly two-way talk radio show, “The Front Page,” and was recognized as one of the Best Public Affairs Hosts (radio) in the region.  For six years, he also hosted a weekly television talk show, “Profiles with Craig Thompson,” on UPN channel 24.  Craig and his wife, Deborah, are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Delaney and Dana, and a handsome son, Carter.