Joel Erik Thompson, Ltd.
Arizona's Choice for the Defense of Major Crimes

Joel Erik Thompson is an Arizona lawyer with an American "barrister-type" legal practice focused exclusively on the defense of major felony crimes. "Barrister" is not a term familiar to many Americans. The English legal system, from which the American legal system evolved, utilizes a solicitor - barrister system where legal clients primarily have contact with solicitors who are office-based lawyers. When a case involves courtroom presentation, a solicitor will associate with a barrister who is admitted to plead the case in court.


Mr. Thompson may be hired directly by a defendant or family, but more usually is associated with the defendant's retained or court-appointed lawyer who chooses to utilize his extensive expertise and experience with its focused and specialized courtroom practice.

Joel Erik Thompson is the principal lawyer for the office, which is located in Phoenix, Arizona. He is certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in criminal law, and has been so certified since 1980. He has also been selected by his peers and designated a SuperLawyer (2008-2012).

Mr. Thompson was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1975, and he is also admitted to practice before many other courts in the United States. Mr. Thompson has personally tried hundreds of jury trials in major felony cases as either solo or lead counsel. He has earned a national reputation for defending those charged with sexual crimes against children, having written extensively for national journals on related topics. He has also defended many murder and homicide cases, as well as high-profile and high-publicity celebrity drug, fraud and domestic violence cases. Currently, his practice concentrates on cases in the Arizona courts.

  • Credentials

Professional Summary

State Bar of Arizona

Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Charter member)

Peer designation

Arizona’s Finest Lawyers

Southwest SuperLawyers 2008 - 2011

Admitted to Practice

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

United States District Court, District of Arizona and District of New Jersey

Super Lawyers
Joel Erik Thompson

  • "In all my years as a prosecutor, I have never seen a more effective and devastating cross - examination..." more »
  • "Joel possesses an outstanding reputation in the legal community..." more »