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Thomas Meredith Hampson, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1955, United States District Court (western district) New York 1955, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1964. Recipient Civil Liberties award New York Civil Liberties Union, Genesee Valley chapter, 1987, Harold Hacker Lifetime Library. Achievement award, 2006.


Hampson, Thomas Meredith was born on February 18, 1929 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Son of Harold Snover and Louise Susan (Goetchius) Hampson.


Bachelor, Cornell University, 1951. Bachelor of Laws with distinction, Cornell University, 1955.


Worked at Harris Beach & Wilcox, LLP (Rochester, NY) specializing in General Trial and Appellate Practice before State and Federal Courts. Corporations, Banking, Securities, Antitrust, Municipal Public Authority, Industrial Development and Public Finance, Tax, Estates and Trusts, Benefits and Pensions, Condemnation and Assessments, Environmental, Real Estate, Construction, Zoning, Labor Relations, Negligence and Product Liability, Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights, Health Services, Legislation and Government, Medical Malpractice Defense, Family Law, Education Law, Agricultural Co-operatives, Criminal Defense. Administrative Proceedings, Franchising and Licensing, Employment Discrimination Insurance, Trademark and Copyrights, Immigration, Patent, Intellectual Property and International Law.

Admitted to the bar, 1955, New York. 1964, United States. Supreme Court. Order of the Coif. Member, Board of Editors, Cornell Law Quarterly, 1954-1955.

Instructor, The Cornell Law School, 1969-1975. President, Board of Trustees, Rochester Public Library, 1979-1982, 1990—. Chairman, Monroe County Fair Campaign Practices Committee, 1977-1991.

Being one of the oldest and largest law firms in New York, founded in Rochester in 1856, Harris Beach & Wilcox, LLP has remained committed to the philosophy that lawyers must be problem-solvers.


Chairman Monroe County Fair Campaign Practices Committee, Rochester, 1977-1991. Trustee Rochester Public Library., 1976-1998. Director Cornell Laboratory Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, 1984-1990, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, 1990-1998, Rundel Library.

Foundation, since 1995, president 2007-2010. Board directors New York State Civil Liberties Union, New York City, 1963-1969. Commissioner Rochester Civil Service Commission, 1997-1910, chairman 2000-2003.

1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1951-1953. Member American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Monroe County Bar Association, City Club (president 1965-1966), Philosophers' Club (president 1985-1988).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: birding, jazz.


Married Margaret H. Clark, November 24, 1951 (divorced December 1969). Children: Melissa Clark Hampson Efron, Douglas Meredith. Married Zena Collier, December 30, 1969.