Chris Thompson is Contract Law Enforcement (CLE)’s Chief of Party, conducting overall project management and providing technical guidance and support in each of CLE’s program areas.
Mr. Thompson is an accomplished international commercial law reform practitioner and project leader with 26 years of professional experience and more than ten years living in the Balkans supporting and leading commercial law and business regulatory reforms.
Mr. Thompson specializes in designing, developing, and managing reform programs implemented in developing and transitional economies. Following a career as a commercial lawyer in Washington DC with the law firm of Ginsburg, Feldman & Bress, Chtd, since 1997 he has advised and implemented reform initiatives around the world. He has served both as a leader of broad, multiple policy reform programs and as a technical advisor on specific commercial law reform initiatives. His experience includes designing and implementing reforms in ADR, judgment enforcement systems, business registration, licensing and permits, and public-private dialogue as well as supporting privatization, public-private partnership, legal reform advocacy, and building sustainable professional training programs. He has served reform programs and projects in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Pakistan, Qatar, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Ukraine.
Mr. Thompson holds a juris doctor degree from the George Mason University School of Law, where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of the George Mason University Law Review. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria from 2006-2008. He served, as well, as a member of the Fulbright Bulgarian American Commission, Sofia Bulgaria, 2006 – 2008 and as Chairman in 2008.