Thomas M. Gallagher '89 Elected Chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP

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Thomas M. Gallagher ’89 has been elected Chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP, succeeding former FBI Director Louis Freeh. As head of the firm’s Executive Committee, he will lead more than 500 lawyers in 13 national offices.

Gallagher’s path to leading one of Philadelphia’s largest law firms was not a typical one. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, then spent several years serving as a line office on a US Navy destroyer. Gallagher graduated cum laude from Villanova University School of Law in 1989, where he was editor-in-chief of the Villanova Law Review. After earning his JD, Gallagher served for six years as a trial lawyer and staff judge advocate for the Navy—including three years as general counsel for the NCIS unit. He retired with the rank of Captain and joined the US Attorney’s office in Philadelphia in 1995.

Upon joining Pepper Hamilton in 2003, Gallagher became the architect of the firm’s White Collar and Investigations Practice Group. His national practice is primarily focused in the health care industry—representing pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, hospitals, providers, physicians and other individuals. He also defends businesses and individuals facing investigation by federal and state law enforcement authorities, government regulatory agencies and congressional committees.

As Pepper Hamilton’s Chair, Gallagher plans to continue to practice and to lead the White Collar and Investigations Practice Group in addition to overseeing firm management.

Read more about his appointment in The Philadelphia Inquirer.