The founder of our firm, Fletcher D. Thompson, is a native of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, where he was born on August 11, 1921.
After graduating in 1941 from Spartanburg Methodist College (then Textile Industrial Institute) in Spartanburg, South Carolina, he accepted a clerical position as Student Fingerprint Classifier at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. Mr. Thompson, while working at the FBI, continued his college studies at American University and George Washington University and was appointed as a Special Agent of the FBI in 1944. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Toledo Law School in 1951.
Mr. Thompson’s thirtythree (33) year career with the FBI covered a period of active service in the U.S. Marine Corps and assignments throughout the United States, including Toledo, Ohio; Savannah, Georgia; Mobile, Alabama; and Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Thompson served three tours of duty at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he was assigned to the General Investigative Division. In addition to investigating kidnappings and other Federal violations, Mr. Thompson was the agent in charge of the bank robbery unit.
In November 1963, Mr. Thompson was dispatched from Washington, D.C. to Dallas, Texas and assigned to prepare the first investigative report of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Mr. Thompson served as an Inspector and at the time of his retirement in 1975, he was Assistant Director of the FBI, and was in charge of the Bureau’s largest division.
Mr. Thompson and his family returned to Spartanburg and he was admitted to practice law in South Carolina in 1975. His law practice concentrated primarily in the field of adoption and probate law. Mr. Thompson was joined in practice by two distinguished attorneys, both of whom left the firm to join the South Carolina Judiciary. His son James Fletcher Thompson (Jim) joined him in practice in 1989. In 2009, Mr. Thompson moved the admission of his son Jim and daughter Rebecca to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
In 1999, the inaugural year of the award, Mr. Thompson and Jim were recognized with the “Angel in Adoption” award from the United States Congressional Coalition on Adoption. In that same year, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys recognized Mr. Thompson as an “Honorary Member,” a distinction shared by only seven other attorneys nationally and reserved for members whose “individual accomplishments bring distinction to the Academy.”
In August 2015, Mr. Thompson celebrated his 94th birthday in the courtroom – as counsel for a family finalizing their adoption. Mr. Thompson continues to be a valued mentor and confidant to his son Jim and, not infrequently, he handles final hearings for adoptions which are joyous and celebratory events.Back