Sunny Thompson is a skilled litigator who helps businesses solve problems. She routinely advises clients on strategic business transactions, risk management, internal investigations, and resolving disputes through litigation or alternative dispute resolution. Sunny also has extensive labor and employment experience advising companies on policies, best practices, wage and hour compliance, OSHA matters, and defending against claims. Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, Sunny was the vice president and associate general counsel for a multinational senior living company, where she provided legal and strategic business advice. She managed a large docket of litigation matters, including civil actions, regulatory investigations, EEOC proceedings, and class actions. Sunny also worked extensively with REITs on operating agreements for senior housing properties, real estate development, and helping assisted living operators with regulatory compliance.
Sunny has defended class action matters involving consumer claims for fraud and misrepresentation and wage and hour claims. She regularly advises clients on high stakes corporate contract negotiations as well as with commercial disputes, including for breach of contract claims, insurance and indemnity demands, and enforcement of trademark and intellectual property rights.
Sunny previously worked for a large international law firm, where her practice focused on commercial, banking, securities, and structured finance litigation. She was particularly involved in cases involving complex financial transactions, trusts and derivatives, as well as bankruptcy- and insolvency-related matters including adversary proceedings, plan confirmation and other contested matters. Sunny also counseled companies on compliance and internal investigations, including for matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and similar anti-corruption laws in foreign countries.
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
Order of the Coif
SMU Law Review Association, Associate Managing Editor
Vanderbilt University (B.A., Political Science and Spanish, magna cum laude, 2004)
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Volunteer Attorney
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Commercial Real Estate Women Network, DC Chapter (CREW DC)
“Battling Hydra, The 9-Headed Monster: Understanding Today’s Class Action and Multi-Facility Litigation Trends,” Presenter, DRI’s Senior Housing and Long Term Care Litigation Seminar (September 8, 2022)