Law Firm News – J Thomas Archer Joins Law Firm Gallop Johnson & Neuman in St Louis –

Experienced Business Litigator is Establishing Hotels & Hospitality Practice at the Firm

September 21, 2009, St. Louis, Missouri … J. Thomas Archer, a commercial litigator with more than a decade of national experience representing major hotels, resorts and hospitality industry clients in matters before State and Federal courts and Courts of Appeal, has joined the law firm of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C. in St. Louis.

As a partner, Mr. Archer is establishing a new Hotels & Hospitality Litigation Practice at the firm based on his expertise in defending claims of fraud, breach of contract, premises liability and many other matters for hospitality industry clients with operations in the U.S. and overseas. The new Hotels & Hospitality Litigation Practice complements the Gaming & Gambling Law Group and other business law practices at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman.

Mr. Archer also focuses his practice in securities litigation, regulatory enforcement proceedings and other complex commercial disputes. He has substantial experience representing clients in defense of financial fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, warranty claims and in defense of Securities & Exchange Commission and Self-Regulatory Organization investigative proceedings. He has tried cases and arbitration proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the American Arbitration Association.

Thomas J. Campbell, managing partner of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, said, “Tom Archer is very well known as a veteran litigator in the hospitality industry and in securities litigation enforcement proceedings and complex litigation. His expertise, particularly in the defense of system-sensitive litigation, claims and issues involving international hospitality and entertainment industry clients, adds a new dimension to our firm as we serve new clients. The Hotels & Hospitality Litigation Practice will work with the Gaming & Gambling Law Group and other business law practices at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman in select client matters.”

Mr. Archer was most recently a partner in the Litigation Group at the law firm Holland & Knight, L.L.P. in Washington, D.C. where he represented a major international hospitality organization with branded operations and franchises worldwide. Before then he led the Commercial Litigation Practice in the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave, L.L.P., where he began his career in 1981.

Mr. Archer is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and before many U.S. District Courts and Federal and State Courts of Appeal. He earned his J.D. degree from the School of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after earning an A.B. degree with Highest Distinction, Phi Bata Kappa, at the university. He also teaches annual seminars in securities litigation at the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C., a full service law firm of 80 attorneys, has provided legal services to clients in diverse industries since its founding in 1976 and is one of the largest law firms in St. Louis. The firm serves public corporations; privately-held companies; entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises; individuals and families; trustees and trust beneficiaries; charities; and non-profit entities. The firm is located at 101 South Hanley Road, Suite 1700, in Clayton, Missouri.

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