Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson



  • Rutgers School of Law, 1990, J.D., Senior Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Review; Mock Trial winner
  • Georgetown University, 1987, B.A., cum laude, Philosophy, Political Theory, Debate team

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey

Gary serves as the managing partner of the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Gary is a highly accomplished 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 and renewals, claim advice and preparation, claim negotiation, 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.

Gary is also dedicated to pro bono and community service, committing hundreds of hours annually. The D.C. Bar recognized Gary as the 2014 pro bono lawyer of the year. Gary also serves on three nonprofit boards. In addition, he is an avid marathon runner.

Employment History

  • 2006 - Reed Smith
    • Office Managing Partner, Washington D.C. Office (2014-present) 
  • 2001 - Gilbert Heintz & Randolph LLP
    • Founding Partner
  • 1995 - Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP
    • Partner/Associate
  • 1990 - Kaye Scholer LLP
    • Associate, New York and Washington D.C. Offices

Honors & Awards

  • 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, 2015 and 2016)
  • 2005-2016 — For 10 years straight, named in Chambers USA as one of America’s leading policyholder side attorneys 
  • 2007-2016 — 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

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Achievement (a non-profit that provides educational support and opportunity for urban middle school students) – General Counsel (pro bono) & ex officio Board member (2003-present) 
  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs - Board member (2005-present) 
  • Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington - Founder & Officer (2010-present) 
  • Chevy Chase D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (publicly elected), 2007-2014 (Chair 2009-2012) 
  • D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee (2005-2008)
  • D.C. Bar Community Economic Development Advisory Committee (2014 - present)
  • Rutgers Law School - President, D.C. area Alumni Association

Notable Quotes & Interviews

  • Law360: "5 Tips For Policyholders to Prevail At Trial," By Jeff Sistrunk, (Apr. 14, 2015); "3rd Circ. Sandy Debris Ruling Vexes Policyholders," By Jeff Sistrunk, (Apr. 1, 2015) (Interview); "2 Years In Sandy Suits Target Flood Exclusions, Deductibles," by Jeff Sistrunk (November 12, 2014); “Fate Of Significant Sandy-Inspired Bills Still Uncertain,” Law360 (Oct. 29, 2013) (Interview); “Sewage Cruise Suits Least Of Carnival's Coverage Worries,” Law360 (Feb. 19, 2013); “Sandy May Shift Insurers’ Hurricane Deductible Strategy,” Law360 (Nov. 7, 2012) (Interview);“Ky. High Court Nixes Insurer's Anti-Assignment Fight,” Law360 (Oct. 26, 2012) (Interview); “How to Slam Dunk Closing Arguments,” Law360 (July 27, 2010) (Interview); “Top Five Mistakes to Avoid in Front of a Jury,” Law360 (June 4, 2010) (Interview); “Options Probe Highlights D&O Insurance Issues, Securities Law 360 (June 29, 2006) (Interview). 
  • Business Insurance: “Hurricane Sandy Losses In Marine And Energy Sectors Are Still Being Assessed,” Business Insurance (Nov. 4, 2012) (Interview); “What You Should Know Before Suing an Insurer,” Business Insurance (Apr. 29, 2012) (Interview); “Documentation, Communication Key Following Disaster,” Business Insurance (Aug. 14, 2011) (Interview); “Insurers Still Liable for Losses,” Business Insurance (June 21. 2010) (Interview); “Hard-to-Find Punitive Damage Coverage is Tricky Business,” Business Insurance (Feb. 15, 2010) (Interview); “Insurer Wins Katrina Coverage Dispute,” Business Insurance (Aug. 21, 2006) (Interview). 
  • Risk & Insurance: “Planning for Misery,” Risk & Insurance (Jan. 19, 2010) (Interview); “Cases Keep Coming in Cajun Country,” Risk & Insurance (Oct. 15, 2007) (Interview); “Katrina in Court,” Risk & Insurance (Oct. 1, 2006) (Interview). 
  • The Washington Post: "Appeals court could breathe new life into D.C. attorney general election," The Washington Post (May 29, 2014); “Storm Surge is Flood, Judge Says,” Washington Post (Aug. 16, 2006) (Interview)
  • New York Times: “State Farm Told to Pay Gulf Claim,” New York Times (Jan. 12, 2007) (Interview); “State Farm Negotiating Gulf Claims Settlement,” New York Times (Jan. 8, 2007) (Interview); “Small Clause, Big Problem,” New York Times (Aug. 4, 2006) (Interview); “From Burials to Money, Battles in Court Reflect Unhealed Wounds of 9/11,” New York Times (Sept. 9, 2004) (Interview); “9/11 Suits Reveal Law Allowing Benefits to an Absentee Parent,” New York Times (Apr. 20, 2004) (Interview). 
  • Wall Street Journal: “State Farm Settles Lawsuit Involving Katrina Damages,” Wall Street Journal (Jan. 20, 2007) (Interview); “Real Estate Bonds Will Likely Take a Hit in Wake of Katrina,” Wall Street Journal, Page C1 (Sept. 14, 2005 (Interview). 
  • Hotel Industry Publications: “Payment Delays, Code Upgrades Impact Hotels Rebuilding After Hurricanes,” Hotel Business (Feb. 7, 2006) (Interview); “Insurance Fallout About To Take Shape,” Hotel Journal (Dec. 2005) (Interview); “Business Interruption Insurance – A Lifeline for Hotels,” Hotel & Motel Magazine (Oct. 3, 2005) (Interview); “Hotel Insurance Claims – 15 Practical Pointers,” Hotels Magazine (October 2005).
  • Other: “On the Jersey Shore, Emotion Outweighs Cost of Rebuilding,” Reuters Wire (Nov. 2, 2012) (Interview); “What’s That Saying About Luck, Preparation and Opportunity?,” Washington Business Journal (Feb. 12. 2010) (Interview); “Homeowners Decked by Katrina Still Wait for Insurers to Pay Up,” USA Today (Aug. 25, 2006); “Insurance Tips for Handling Disasters,” Affordable Housing Finance (Nov. 2005) (Interview); “Natural Disasters Give Rise to Insurance Questions,” Bayou Business Review (Oct. 3. 2005) (Interview); “Targeted Claims Process Awaits Many Businesses,” Houston Chronicle (Sept. 26, 2005) (Interview); “Investors, Analysts Scurry to Determine Insurance Implications of Katrina, Commercial Real Estate Direct, Sept. 15, 2005 (Interview); “After the Hurricane: Property Damage Can Spawn a Follow-Up Insurance Storm,” Legal Times (Aug. 15, 2005); “Helping a Mom Left Behind – Lawyers Fight to keep 9/11 Death Benefit from Absent Father,” Legal Times (Nov. 10, 2003) (Interview). 
  • Television appearances:  WUSA, WJLA, Russia Today