Gentry Locke Attorney John Reed Thomas Promoted to Partner
John joined Gentry Locke in 2012 after serving as Defense Counsel for the U.S. Marine Corps, where he litigated more than 200 courts-martial and administrative separation proceedings. As a judge advocate, he litigated a variety of cases both as a defense counsel and prosecutor. As the Battalion Judge Advocate for 3d Battalion, 9th Marines during their deployment to Marjah, Afghanistan, John advised the commander on rules of engagement, operational law, fiscal law, and military justice matters.
Since joining Gentry Locke, John has advised and represented businesses and individuals in a wide array of commercial and corporate matters, employment disputes, and whistleblower litigation.
According to Monica Monday, Managing Partner, “John has become quite a leader in whistleblower and qui tam law. He has founded, and serves as Section Chair of, the Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam Section. John’s experience provides our clients with the guidance necessary to navigate this growing and complex area of the law.”
Matt Broughton, a senior partner at the firm, says, “John is a calm and deliberate problem solver of complex matters for clients throughout the United States. He has exhibited unwavering loyalty and commitment to his family, our firm, and the country. We are proud to call him our partner.”
John earned his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and later graduated from the U.S. Naval Justice School. He is still active in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was promoted to the rank of Major in June of 2015.
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