Leslie was born and raised in New Mexico, and was anxious to return to her hometown, Albuquerque, having lived in the Chicago area for many years.  After enduring a few too many harsh Chicago winters, Leslie convinced her husband, Jeff, to raise their twins in the milder climate of Albuquerque, close to Leslie’s family.  Now that New Mexico is their permanent home, they enjoy visiting their big family in the Chicago area as often as possible, even in the winter.

Leslie completed her undergraduate studies (B.S. in Psychology, 2001) at DePaul University and law school (J.D., 2005) at The John Marshall Law School, both in Chicago, Illinois.  Right out of law school Leslie worked with a global bank in Chicago, in Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities, acting as Custodian and Trustee for Wall Street investment firm clients, where she learned the value of concise communication and a strict eye for detail in a high-volume market.

After returning to Albuquerque, Leslie worked as a commercial litigator with a local Bankruptcy firm for several years before opening her solo practice specializing in estate planning, real estate and transactional law.  Leslie has also worked closely with her father’s CPA firm in Albuquerque, advising the firm on many areas of tax and transactional law.

Having reflected on her legal experience and the future of her practice, Leslie determined that Estate Planning was the field of law most applicable to her talents and fondness for working directly with individual clients.  Leslie then earned a graduate law degree (LL.M., Master of Laws in Estate Planning, with honors, 2015) from The John Marshall Law School, while working full time as a practicing attorney.

Leslie enjoys working with clients, coupled with the rewarding task of assisting clients in planning for their most precious loved ones, possessions, and passions; and finds the task of assisting the client in navigating an existing estate plan at the time of loss to be especially meaningful.  Leslie understands most clients don’t inherently enjoy talking about their own death, or the death of a loved one, and she strives to emphasize the positive benefits an effective estate plan can provide the client, the client’s family, and causes that are close to our hearts.

Leslie is pleased to be a part of the experienced team of attorneys of Morris Hall.

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Brief Summary

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning
Business Succession Planning
Business Planning
Charitable Giving
Probate
Trust Administration

Bar Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court - 2007
New Mexico Supreme Court - 2011
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico - 2012
United States Tax Court - 2013

Education

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
- LL.M., Master of Laws in Estate Planning, with honors - 2015

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
- Juris Doctor – 2005

DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
- B.S., Psychology – 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
New Mexico State Bar, 2011 – Present
Illinois State Bar, 2007 – Present

Past Employment Positions

LaSalle Bank, NA, Chicago, IL n/k/a Bank of America, NA, Chicago, IL

Puccini Law, P.A., Albuquerque, NM

Montano & Associates, CPAs, Albuquerque, NM

Montano Thompson, LLC, Albuquerque, NM

Leslie Thompson  - Attorney with Morris Hall, PLLC

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Wendy Wells Harn

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Andrea L. Claus

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