DONALD A. THIGPEN, JR., ESQ.
Donald A. Thigpen, Jr. is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey where, while attending parochial school, he was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps, the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA Glee Club.
He graduated public high school as senior class vice-president and vice-president of the United Teens Social Club after lettering in varsity football and working summers as a life guard at the local municipal pool.
Mr. Thigpen received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Kent State University in Ohio, where he co-founded and was leader of the Black United Students.
Upon graduation, Mr. Thigpen served as the Kent State University Coordinator of Minority Affairs where he recruited Black students, faculty and staff, and helped establish both the Human Relations Department and the Department of African-American Studies.
Mr. Thigpen earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the Howard University School of Law during which time he served as both president of his graduating class and of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity.
Upon graduation, Mr. Thigpen
was a judicial law clerk to Judge Luke C. Moore
in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
, after which he
was hired as the first African-American legal editor on the staff of the Family Law Reporter at the Bureau of National Affairs
Retired as an attorney in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
, formerly the Office of the Corporation Counsel, where he
served for 25 years, Mr. Thigpen
left as Senior Counsel in the Commercial Division where he
primarily handled government real estate matters for District agencies after serving as the Director of Attorney Hiring
Prior to that he
served as Chief Land Use and Economic Development Section for the D.C. Department of Housing
and Community Development and General Counsel to the D.C. Redevelopment Land Agency Board
, where, among numerous works, he
acted as chief counsel for development of the MCI
now Verizon Sports Center.
Mr. In other capacities as an attorney for the District of Columbia government, Mr. Thigpen served as the District's sole counsel for creation of a new District of Columbia mental health system, including a new Mental Health Division of his office, as Chief of the Juvenile Papering and Attorney Training Unit while a juvenile prosecutor, a civil litigation trial attorney; a legislation and opinions counsel and as a government contracts attorney.
received a Mayoral Commendation and Meritorious Service Award during his
Always willing to lead by example and provide endless time to act as a role model and mentor to younger African-Americans, Mr. Thigpen has served his community as the President of the Washington Bar Association (WBA).
As a WBA leader, he initiated the creation of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and founded the Judicial Council Division (JCD) of the Washington Bar Association, which brought together the African-American young lawyers and judges in the District of Columbia as organized entities of the Washington Bar Association.
As President he
instituted a daily e-mail digest to inform members of noteworthy matters.
The Washington Bar Association
has honored Mr. Thigpen
with its Presidential Service Award, four Outstanding Service Awards and its Outstanding Achievement Award.
Mr. Thigpen also serves or has served the National Bar Association as General Counsel for which he received the Presidential Outstanding Service Award, as Assistant Treasurer and on the Executive Committee, as Vice Chair NBA Convention Committee for 2000, Member 1995 NBA Convention Committee, Regional Director for NBA Region XII, and as General Counsel of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADCP) founded by the National Bar Association (NBA) and composed of 23 professional organizations dedicated to promoting policies and laws to attack drug abuse as a public health problem.
Mr. Thigpen continued to serve his law school post graduation in the capacity of National President of the Howard University Law Alumni Association, President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the Howard University Law Alumni Association, and Chair of the Howard Law Alumni Commission.
has acted as Special Assistant to most National Alumni
presidents since his
tenure as president.
The alumni association has recognized Mr. Thigpen's
dedication and service by awarding him its Lifetime Appreciation Award, Presidential Award for Outstanding Service as Past President and the Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Mr. Thigpen has served the Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity as the Associate Grand Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice of Alpha Alpha Chapter.
He was honored by the Sigma Delta Tau Grand Chapter with its Leadership & Service Award in 2001 and the Alpha Alpha Chapter Outstanding Service Award in 2008, at which time he received a District of Columbia Council Recognition Resolution proclaiming it "Donald A. Thigpen, Jr. Day in the District of Columbia" for his work as an attorney, executive officer of various organizations and community leader.
Mr. Thigpen has served or continues to serve as Co-Founder & Vice President of the Waring-Mitchell Law Society of Howard County Maryland, Associate Grand Chief Justice of Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, Co-Founder & General Counsel of the International Coalition for Economic Unity, Inc., President of the Locust Grove Homeowners Association, General Counsel of Allen & Partners, Charter Member of the Charlotte E. Ray Inn of the American Inns of Court, Mentor, Board Member of the Judge Luke C. Moore Academy Senior High School , Member of the Senior Advisory Board of the National Professionals Network, Member of the Advisory Committee on Pro Se Litigation for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Retrospective Review Advisory Committee of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Chief Judge of the 2001 Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Moot Court Competition, and the Membership Committee of the District of Columbia Bar.
Mr. Thigpen is a member of Leadership Montgomery Senior Class of 2009, the African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Maryland, founded by his law school classmate, Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett, the 2008 and 2009 Baltimore Host Committee for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Awards of Excellence, The Christmas Group, a toy fundraising organization, and both Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (the Boule').