David M. Thompson

David M. Thompson

Dedicated & Successful Attorney Serving the Omaha Area

David M. Thompson is a new Associate Attorney on Carlson & Burnett’s estate planning team. Prior to joining the firm, David was a sole practitioner in Omaha whose practice focused on guardianships and conservatorships, Medicaid planning, veterans’ benefits, and end-of-life planning.

David first came to the Omaha area as a child when his father, an Air Force officer, was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue. David earned his B.A. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with distinction, then attended Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. After returning to the United States, David moved to Chicago where he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago.

Having worked for law firms during both college and graduate school, David made the decision to attend law school himself at the age of thirty-four. He earned his J.D. at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review. After practicing law at a large Chicago firm, fundraising for non-profit organizations, and working as a higher education administrator, David returned to Omaha in 2013.

When he’s not working, David can be found perusing Omaha’s art galleries and enjoying the many fine restaurants that have popped up in the years since he left town. David has served on the board of Restoration Exchange Omaha and the Bellevue Citizens Complete Street Advisory Panel, as well as participating in the Citizens’ Academy for Omaha’s Future. He also serves on a pro bono basis as guardian for several unrepresented, low-income senior citizens living in area nursing homes.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law and End of Life Planning
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Veterans’ Benefits


  • "A Form of Conversation: POLST and the Communications Approach to End-of-Life Decision Making," The Nebraska Lawyer, May/June 2016
  • "All About the Artists: New Leadership Puts Its Brand on Bemis Center's 35-Year-Old Core Values," The Reader, February 2016
  • "You Are Here: Hanscom Park Community Finds Its 'Place at the Table' with Watie White's Public Art Project," The Reader, July 2015
  • "The Transcendent Dimensions of Private Places: Personhood and the Law in Lawrence v. Texas and Angels in America," Triquarterly 124 (2006)
  • "Signs of the Human: The Emergence of Linguistic Studies at Chicago," Tableau (Spring-Summer 2006)
  • "An Approachable Eminence: A Remembrance of Wayne Booth," Tableau (Fall 2005-Winter 2006)
  • "Point of Reference or Destination? Kelly v. Arriba and the Future of Hyperlinking on the Internet," World E-Commerce and IP Report (April 2002)
  • "Seeking Registration and Staking a Claim in ICANN' s New Top-Level Domains," World E-Commerce and IP Report (June 2001)
  • "T.S. Eliot, Anti-Semitism and the Weight of Apologia," in T.S. Eliot and Our Turning? World, ed. Jewel Spears Brooker (Macmillan, 2001)
  • "Making No Portraits: T.S. Eliot, Mimesis and the Politics of Mediterranean Classicism," Comparative Literature 50 (Winter 1998)


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    J.D. – 2000
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    PhD – Comparative Literature - 1997
  • Oxford University, Oxford England
    Master of Philosophy – English Studies – 1987
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
    BA with High Distinction - 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska – 2012
  • Illinois – 2001

Professional Associates/Memberships

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Sarpy County Bar Association
  • Second Judicial District Bar Association

Classes & Seminars

  • Some Notes towards the Definition of Urban Ecology
    Urban Habitat Chicago, October 2009
  • Lawyers in the Classroom Program
    Ames Middle School, May 2008
  • Rethinking Waste: The Future of Recycling in Chicago
    Annual Meeting, Gold Coast Neighbors Association, October 2008
  • Poetry, Law, and the End of Nature
    Humanities Day, University of Chicago, October 2007
  • The Truth of Images and Information
    Chicago Humanities Festival, October 2007
  • Leaders and Leadership
    Chicago Seminar Series, Aspen Institute, October 2005-May 2006
  • Poetic Form and the Problems of History
    Humanities Day, University of Chicago, October 2005
  • Anti-Classical Discourse and the Fate of Historical Interpretation
    Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, May 1999

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Restoration Exchange Omaha, 2013-present
  • Member, Citizens' Complete Streets Advisory Panel, Bellevue, Nebraska, 2013-present
  • Founding Board Member, National Public Housing Museum, Chicago, Illinois
  • Certified Instructor, "Roots of Success" Environmental Literacy Curriculum
  • Board Member, Resource Center, 2007-2009
  • Board Member, 3Arts Foundation, 2007-2009
  • Participant, Citizens' Academy for Omaha's Future, October-November 2014
  • Member, Citizens Complete Streets Advisory Panel, 2013-present
  • Founding Board Member, Restoration Exchange Omaha, July 2013-June 2016
  • Participant, Omaha Executive Institute, October 2013-March 2014
  • Judge, Jules H. Miner Moot Court Competition, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, February 2013
  • Moderator and Organizer, "Green Entrepreneurship and Social Ventures" panel, Third Annual Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summit, Illinois Institute of Technology, April 2010

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