Thompson heads bar association

Staff report


Atty. J. Michael Thompson was installed Monday as president of the Mahoning County Bar Association, succeeding Atty. Edward J. Hartwig.

Thompson’s law office is in downtown Youngstown, and his practice is devoted primarily to criminal defense but also includes civil litigation.

Thompson, 38, is a lifelong Poland resident who earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and history from Miami University of Ohio in 1997 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 2002.

He was an assistant criminal prosecutor in the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office from 2005 to 2012 and was assigned to the courtroom of Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Thompson said his goals as bar association president are “to encourage greater participation in the bar association by lawyers,” to encourage more lawyers to join the association “and to reaffirm our commitment to ethics and professionalism.” More than 400 lawyers belong to the association.

Thompson has been chairman of the Poland Village Planning Commission for the past 10 years.

He said he lives in Mahoning County’s oldest inhabited residence, which was built in 1819.

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