Lynn Patton Thompson
Lynn Patton Thompson
Phone: 601.987.4821
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ABOUT Lynn Patton Thompson

Lynn Thompson has practiced extensively in the areas of government contracts and grants law (federal, state, and local), construction law, commercial litigation, and small business consulting for 26 years. Prime contractors, subcontractors, owners, and suppliers in all aspects of procurement, construction, and contract-related matters retain her for her experience, know-how and business-minded approach. Lynn is a problem solver.  She counsels clients in contract drafting and negotiation, business planning, disputes, claims and appeals, bid protests, litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Lynn represents large and small businesses that do business with the federal and state governments. She has extensive experience in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office, the various Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims and in protests before the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Hearings and Appeals. She represents owners and contractors in disputes, claims, and other aspects of contract administration. Her prior experience as an attorney-advisor with the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. provides a unique perspective for representing clients in the private sector.

Transactional work also features in Lynn's practice.  She represents clients in asset purchases and sales and provides counsel on business formation and other project-related transactions, such as teaming agreements and joint venture agreements.

Lynn also focuses on special small business programs, including the HUBZone Program, 8(a) Program, Women-Owned Small Business Program, Mentor-Protégé Program, and the Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Concern programs. She regularly consults with businesses that desire to participate in these programs and assists them with business planning, certification, contract drafting, compliance, and protests. She has a national base of clients, from all over the Southeast, West Coast, Hawaii, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas and states in between.

As associate counsel for the Mississippi Association of General Contractors, Lynn assisted with development of Mississippi's Construction Lien Law that became effective in 2014.  


Practice Areas
Emory University School of Law, J.D. (1992)
Emory University, B.A. summa cum laude (1988)
Bar Admissions
Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Court of Federal Claims
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Listed by Best Lawyers in Construction Law
Mississippi Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code Debtor-Creditor Study Group (2009)
Publications & Events
Avoid a Day of Reckoning: Navigating Requirements for Public Procurements, Audits, and Appeals to Minimize De-Funding by FEMA for Disaster-Relief Projects - Presented July 26, 2018 to ABA Public Contract Law Section.
Michael Loulakis, Lauren McLaughlin, Lynn Thompson, Alternate Delivery Systems: Design-Build, At-Risk Construction Management, and IDIQ Contracts, in Branca, M. et al. (Eds.) Federal Government Construction Contracts (3rd ed., pp. 103-154)(2017). Chicago, IL: ABA Book Publishing.
"Integrated Project Delivery - Will the Federal Government Join This Industry Trend?" The Construction Lawyer(Summer 2017)
"Indemnity Clauses: Is the Subcontractor Responsible? What About the Design Professional?" Construction Defect Litigation From A to Z, National Business Institute (2013)
Construction and Federal Procurement Law Seminar (2011)
Lynn Patton Thompson. A History of Enactment and Significant Amendments to the False Claims Act, in C.M. Sink and K.L. Pages (Eds.) False Claims in Construction Contracts: Federal, State and Local (2007) (pp. 1-14). Chicago, IL: ABA Book Publishing.
Waivers, Releases and Project End Change Orders presented at the ABA Forum on Construction Industry 2002 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Lynn Hawkins Patton and Cheri Turnage Gatlin. Claims for Lost Labor Productivity, The Construction Lawyer (April 2000).
Lynn H. Patton, William R. Purdy, Christopher Solop, Equitable Adjustments in Federal Government Contracts, Ott & Purdy, P.A. (1996).
Contributor, Contractor’s Desk Book on Mississippi Construction Law, Ott & Purdy, P.A. (1996)
Membership & Affiliations
ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
Associated General Contractors of Mississippi
Capital Area Bar Association
The Mississippi Bar
State Bar of Georgia
Virginia State Bar
Reported Decisions
Manfredi v. Harrell Contracting Grp., LLC, 228 So.3d 807 (Miss. Ct. App. 2016), cert. denied 223 So.3d 786 (Miss. 2017)
W. B. Construction and Sons, Inc., B-405818; B-405818.2, 2012 CPD ¶ 17
W. B. Construction and Sons, Inc., B-405874; B-405874.2 (2011) U.S. Comp. Gen. Lexis
Commonwealth of Kentucky, Education Cabinet, Department for the Blind, v. United States; 05-5010, 434 F.3d 1222 (2005)
Melvin Hinson v. N&W Construction Company, Inc., 890 So.2d 65 (Miss. 2004)
North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind, et al. v. The United States, et al.; No. 02-215C United States Court of Federal Claims 53 Fed. Ct. 147 (CFC 2002)