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Dale Thompson

Professor, Faculty Director of the Undergraduate Programs

  • Education
  • B.A. (Hons), Economics, Williams College 
    J.D., Economics, Stanford University - Law School 
    M.A., Economics, Stanford University 
    Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University
  • Research Interests
  • Applied business policies, including health care and financial regulation.

Dale Thompson is a professor in the Department of Ethics and Business Law at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. He teaches courses in business law, and in health care law and ethics.

His current research cuts across applied business policies, including health care and financial regulation. As faculty director, he is leading the Opus College of Business Vision 2030 undergraduate business curriculum redesign, which is designed to give students more flexibility in their business courses and to better appreciate the connections across business functions.


  • Thompson, D. B. (2019). Balancing the benefits and costs of health data collected by employer-sponsored wellness programs. Journal of Law, Economics and Policy, (15.1), pp. 141-162
  • Thompson, D. B. (2017). Teaching the business law & ethics of arbitration after conception. Journal of Legal Studies Education, (34)(1), pp. 63-88
  • Thompson, D. B. (2016). Beyond dodd-frank: Pinning down the octozilla of too-big-to-fail with multiple market instruments. Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, (35)(6), pp. 1-10
  • Thompson, D. B. (2015). The Dodd-Frank Act and too-big-to-fail: What's missing? A survey of the current literature. University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy, (10), pp. 52-63
  • Thompson, D. B. (2014). Unmistakably clear coercion: Finding a balance between judicial review of the spending power and optimal federalism. San Diego Law Review, (50), pp. 589-620
  • Marsnik, S. J., & Thompson, D. B. (2013). Using contract negotiation exercises to develop higher order thinking and strategic business skills. Journal of Legal Studies Education, (30)(2), pp. 201-248
  • Thompson, D. B. (2011). Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism. William and Mary Policy Review, (2), pp. 236-264
  • Thompson, D. B. (2011). The next stage of health care reform: Controlling costs by paying health plans based on health outcomes. Akron Law Review, (44)(3), pp. 727-768
  • Thompson, D. B. (2010). Why we need a superfund for hedge funds. Mississippi Law Journal, (79)(4), pp. 995-1041
  • Thompson, D. B. (2009). Optimal federalism across institutions: Theory and applications from health care and environmental policies. (40)(3), pp. 437-482
  • Thompson, D. B. (2006). Of rainbows and rivers: Lessons for telecommunications spectrum policy from transitions in property rights and commons in water law. Buffalo Law Review, (54), pp. 157-209
  • Thompson, D. B. (2002). Valuing the environment: courts' struggles with natural resource damages. Environmental Law, (32), pp. 57-90
  • Thompson, D. B. (2000). Political obstacles to the implementation of emissions markets: Lessons from RECLAIM. Natural Resources Journal, (40), pp. 645-697
  • Thompson, D. B. (1999). Beyond benefit-cost analysis: Institutional transaction costs and the regulation of water quality.. Natural Resources Journal, (39), pp. 517-541
  • Thompson, D. B. (2007). Water Law and Country Perspectives. In A. Usha (Ed.), Of rainbows and rivers: Lessons for telecommunications spectrum policy from transitions in property rights and commons in water law. ICFAI Amicus Law Books

  • Ethics and Business Law Department 'Above and Beyond' Award, 2014
  • Hoeber Research Excellence Award, Journal of Legal Studies Education, 2013
  • Master Teacher Award, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2015

  • Macalester Plymouth United Church, Officer, Treasurer
  • St. Paul Midway Baseball, Other
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business,
  • American Business Law Journal, Reviewer
  • Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, Reviewer
  • Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Officer
  • Telecommunications Policy, Reviewer
  • Bar Membership (CA - admitted 2004)
  • Bar Membership (MN - admitted 2005)

  • Faculty Director of Undergraduate Program, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2015 - present)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St Paul /Minneapolis (2012 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2006 - 2010)
  • Assistant Professor, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud (2005 - 2006)
  • Visiting Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul (2004 - 2005)
  • Primary Lead of the Water Rights and Regulatory Authorities Subcommittee, Water Resources Board of Rhode Island, Providence (2002 - 2004)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol (2002 - 2004)
  • Visiting Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg (1998 - 2002)
  • Summer Associate, Sutherland, Asbill, & Brennan, Atlanta (2000 - 2000)
  • Economic Analyst, Department of Planning & Budget, Richmond (1999 - 1999)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington University - Olin Business School, St. Louis (1997 - 1998)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1997 - 1997)
  • Adjunct Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg (1995 - 1996)
  • Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, Stanford (1993 - 1995)