Hugh L. Thompson, Jr., Esq.


Hugh Thompson is a Senior Nuclear Regulatory Consultant to Talisman. He was a Vice President and Partner in the firm until his retirement in 2012. He has more than 40 years of nuclear safety experience, including senior-level management positions at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Prior to retiring from the NRC in 1998, Mr. Thompson was the Deputy Executive Director for Regulatory Programs. In that position, he directed the licensing, inspection, and rulemaking activities for all NRC-licensed nuclear reactors, the oversight of Department of Energy’s (DOE) high-level radioactive waste (HLW) program, the decontamination and decommissioning of contaminated sites, and the material licensees regulated by both the NRC Agreement States and the NRC. Mr. Thompson has also held the positions of Director of the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, Director of the Division of Licensing, and Director of the Division of Human Factors Safety for the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.

Mr. Thompson has testified before congressional committees and the NRC Commission on issues such as safety issues at nuclear facilities, NRC’s HLW program, potential NRC oversight of DOE facilities, and Y2K safety concerns. Mr. Thompson has been an expert witness in several litigations involving NRC licensees and has led independent assessment teams that reviewed regulatory and safety issues at NRC licensees and at DOE facilities. He also led the Talisman Team assessment review of the regulatory issues that resulted in the unplanned shutdown of the AECL’s NRU reactor by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for safety concerns.

Mr. Thompson currently provides expert support to the University of Chicago’s Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, Environmental, Safety, Security and Health Committee.

Mr. Thompson received an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.S. in Naval Science from the U.S. Naval Academy.