Marcia K. Thompson, Esq.

Civil Rights Attorney and Executive Coach

Marcia K. Thompson is an attorney and law enforcement consultant with over 20 years working in the criminal justice field. She started her career in federal law enforcement intelligence with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During her tenure at DEA, she also served as a collateral duty EEO Counselor and helped to develop and implement a diversity recruitment initiative for the DEA Intelligence Division.

Mrs. Thompson has practiced in both criminal and civil courts, and has handled complex litigation in both state and federal courts. Mrs. Thompson has handled matters as contract counsel for the Fairfax County Attorneys’ Office and the Virginia Attorney Generals’ Office. Mrs. Thompson has also served as an advisor to several law enforcement organizations on Civil Rights and law enforcement issues for over 15 years.

She has been an active member of the IACP Civil Rights Committee for over 10 years and has provided insight and guidance on timely and novel civil rights and human rights matters impacting law enforcement nationally. Mrs. Thompson has also served as General Counsel and advisor to the National Organization of Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) for many years. In both capacities, she provided a legal perspective and civil rights lens on law enforcement, community policing and criminal justice matters.

Mrs. Thompson was a professor for almost 10 years at Bowie State University and taught criminal justice, social justice, civil rights, conflict resolution, juvenile analysis, criminology, criminal law, constitutional law, criminal procedure, evidence, trial/advocacy practice, victimology, rule of law, mediation, police management, intelligence/public records and ethics. She has spoken at various national conferences while she was a professor and continues to speak annually at law enforcement and security conferences. Mrs. Thompson was also a recurring lecturer at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC); and U.S. State Departments training facilities to include the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) for many years.

Mrs. Thompson is also a trained neutral and certified collaborative problem solver, she is a Supreme Court of Virginia certified mediator. She has also served as a federal ombudsman handling, policy, practice, and procedural workplace concerns for an entire agency of over 2500 employees on Capitol Hill. Mrs. Thompson also serves as a EEOC certified workplace investigator and is often asked to conduct-fact finding on federal administrative matters. She also serves as a federal hearing officer within the Department of Justice and drafts determinations.

Mrs. Thompson received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and her Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.