Tom Gallagher

Council of Regional Leaders, Board of Directors | Black Mountain Institute

About Tom

Thomas E. Gallagher is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. He was for twenty years a partner in the law firm of Gibson Dunn and Crutcher, serving in the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices, and as managing partner of its London and Riyadh offices. During a leave from the firm he was chief counsel for a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee handling
nominations for Attorney General and Supreme Court. He was Merv Griffin’s lawyer in the fight between Griffin and Donald Trump over Resorts International, later serving as CEO of that company. In 1997, he joined Hilton Hotels Corporation as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel, leading the spinoff of its gaming businesses into a new NYSE company Park Place Entertainment. He subsequently became CEO of Park Place (renamed Caesars Entertainment), then the world’s largest casino resort company. Gallagher now serves on the board of the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities (a co-founder), the Black Mountain Institute, the UNLV Foundation and the Desert Research Institute Foundation.