gthompson@reedsmith.com

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Gary serves as the managing partner of the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Gary is a veteran lawyer with significant experience in litigation, especially in representing insurance policyholders – against the insurance companies. For 26 years, he has amassed experience in all major lines of insurance, in both the first-party property and third-party liability insurance contexts. This includes policy reviews, claim advice, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. As a lead lawyer, Gary has achieved more than $1 billion in settlements for his clients and more than $100 million in verdicts.  With a strong hotel client roster, Gary is a leader in the firm's Hospitality Industry Group.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2015 Reed Smith firm-wide award for pro bono work
  • 2014 D.C. Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (co-awardee)
  • 2014 Ward 4 D.C. "Man of the Year" (Ward 4 Democrats)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers — Insurance Coverage (2014-2017)
  • 2005-2017 — For 12 years straight, named in Chambers USA as one of America’s leading policyholder side attorneys 
  • 2007-2017 — Volunteer courses at the D.C. Bar for small businesses and non-profits; 2007 D.C. Bar award for best pro bono project (small business initiative) 
  • 2013 — Higher Achievement’s “Green Apple” award (for years of service) 
  • 2006, 2015 and 2016 — three time recipient of the D.C. Appleseed Pro Bono Partner Award 
  • 2006, 2002 and 2001 — three time recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for Fair Housing, from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights 
  • 2004 — Recognized by Business Insurance as one of the “40 under 40” outstanding professionals in the insurance industry (one of three attorneys listed) 
  • 2003 — Award for assistance provided to Army and Navy Legal Assistance to Pentagon victims of 9/11

Notable Quotes

  • 14 April 2015 "5 Tips For Policyholders to Prevail At Trial" Law360
  • 1 April 2015 "3rd Circ. Sandy Debris Ruling Vexes Policyholders" Law360
  • 12 November 2014 "2 Years In Sandy Suits Target Flood Exclusions, Deductibles" Law360
  • 29 May 2014 "Appeals court could breathe new life into D.C. attorney general election" The Washington Post
  • 29 October 2013 “Fate of Significant Sandy-Inspired Bills Still Uncertain” Law360
  • 19 February 2013 “Sewage Cruise Suits Least Of Carnival's Coverage Worries” Law360
  • 7 November 2012 “Sandy May Shift Insurers’ Hurricane Deductible Strategy” Law360
  • 4 November 2012 “Hurricane Sandy Losses In Marine And Energy Sectors Are Still Being Assessed” Business Insurance
  • 2 November 2012 “On the Jersey Shore, Emotion Outweighs Cost of Rebuilding” Reuters Wire
  • 26 October 2012 “Ky. High Court Nixes Insurer's Anti-Assignment Fight” Law360
  • 29 April 2012 “What You Should Know Before Suing an Insurer” Business Insurance
  • 14 April 2011 “Documentation, Communication Key Following Disaster” Business Insurance
  • 27 July 2010 “How to Slam Dunk Closing Arguments” Law360
  • 21 June 2010 “Insurers Still Liable for Losses” Business Insurance
  • 4 June 2010 “Top Five Mistakes to Avoid in Front of a Jury” Law360
  • 15 February 2010 “Hard-to-Find Punitive Damage Coverage is Tricky Business” Business Insurance
  • 12 February 2010 “What’s That Saying About Luck, Preparation and Opportunity?” Washington Business Journal
  • 19 January 2010 “Planning for Misery” Risk & Insurance
  • 15 October 2007 “Cases Keep Coming in Cajun Country” Risk & Insurance
  • 20 January 2007 “State Farm Settles Lawsuit Involving Katrina Damages” Wall Street Journal
  • 12 January 2007 “State Farm Told to Pay Gulf Claim” New York Times
  • 8 January 2007 “State Farm Negotiating Gulf Claims Settlement” New York Times
  • 1 October 2006 “Katrina in Court” Risk & Insurance
  • 25 August 2006 “Homeowners Decked by Katrina Still Wait for Insurers to Pay Up” USA Today
  • 21 August 2006 “Insurer Wins Katrina Coverage Dispute” Business Insurance
  • 16 August 2006 “Storm Surge is Flood, Judge Says” Washington Post
  • 4 August 2006 “Small Clause, Big Problem” New York Times
  • 29 June 2006 “Options Probe Highlights D&O Insurance Issues, Securities” Law 360
  • 7 February 2006 “Payment Delays, Code Upgrades Impact Hotels Rebuilding After Hurricanes” Hotel Business
  • December 2005 “Insurance Fallout About To Take Shape” Hotel Journal
  • November 2005 “Insurance Tips for Handling Disasters” Affordable Housing Finance
  • 3 October 2005 “Business Interruption Insurance – A Lifeline for Hotels” Hotel & Motel Magazine
  • 3 October 2005 “Natural Disasters Give Rise to Insurance Questions” Bayou Business Review
  • October 2005 “Hotel Insurance Claims – 15 Practical Pointers” Hotels Magazine
  • 26 September 2005 “Targeted Claims Process Awaits Many Businesses” Houston Chronicle
  • 15 September 2005 “Investors, Analysts Scurry to Determine Insurance Implications of Katrina” Commercial Real Estate Direct
  • 14 September 2005 “Real Estate Bonds Will Likely Take a Hit in Wake of Katrina” Wall Street Journal
  • 15 August 2005 “After the Hurricane: Property Damage Can Spawn a Follow-Up Insurance Storm” Legal Times
  • 9 September 2004 “From Burials to Money, Battles in Court Reflect Unhealed Wounds of 9/11” New York Times
  • 20 April 2004 “9/11 Suits Reveal Law Allowing Benefits to an Absentee Parent” New York Times
  • 10 November 2003 “Helping a Mom Left Behind – Lawyers Fight to keep 9/11 Death Benefit from Absent Father” Legal Times

Television appearances: WUSA, WJLA, Russia Today

Credentials