Larry D. Thompson

John A. Sibley Professor in Corporate and Business Law

B.A., Culver-Stockton College
M.A., Michigan State University
J.D., University of Michigan


Corporate Responsibility
White Collar Crime
Business Crimes

Biographical Information: 


Larry Thompson is on temporary leave from Georgia Law as he rejoined PepsiCo as executive vice president, government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary on July 30, 2012. Thompson plans to return to Athens once he completes his time there.

Joining Georgia Law in the fall of 2011 as the John A. Sibley Professor in Corporate and Business Law was Larry D. Thompson, former deputy attorney general for the United States and former senior vice president of government affairs, general counsel and secretary for PepsiCo. He teaches courses in the areas of corporate law and white collar crime.

No stranger to UGA, Thompson has been a visiting professor and guest speaker several times since 2001; four times he taught courses and once he delivered the school's commencement address. While teaching a course on white collar crime at the law school during the spring of 2001, Thompson was confirmed as the second in command at the Justice Department.

As deputy attorney general, a post he held from 2001 to 2003, Thompson supervised the overall operations of the DOJ and led its National Security Coordination Council, its Corporate Fraud Task Force and its Enron investigation.

He then became responsible for the worldwide legal function of PepsiCo, one of the largest global convenience food and beverage companies, where he served through May 2011. He also oversaw its government affairs organization and The PepsiCo Foundation.

Previously, he was a partner in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding and served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, where he directed the Southern Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and was a member of the Attorney General's Economic Crime Council. Additionally, in 1995 he was appointed independent counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development Investigation and in 2000 he was selected by Congress to chair the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control.

Thompson has received a variety of accolades for his work over the years including the Edmund Jennings Randolph Award for outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the Department of Justice's mission and the Federal Bar Association's Outstanding Litigator Award.

He has also served as a Senior Fellow with The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and was elected to The Washington Post Company's Board of Directors. Additionally, he is an independent trustee of various Franklin, Templeton and Mutual Series mutual funds and is a director of the Southern Company, The Brookings Institution, the National Center for State Courts and for Cbeyond.

Thompson earned his bachelor's degree from Culver-Stockton College, his master's from Michigan State University and his law degree from the University of Michigan.

Publications & Activities


In-sourcing Corporate Responsibility for Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 51 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 199 (2014).

The Reality of Overcriminalization, 7 J.L. Econ. & Pol’y 577 (2011) (symposium).

The Blameless Corporation, 47 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1251 (2010).