Tom founded VetsPriority1; an organization that handles the appeals of Veterans whose benefit claims have been denied. 



  • Review of franchise offering circulars on behalf of clients.
  • Negotiating and securing franchise agreements.
  • Contract drafting, review, and negotiation: vendor, consulting, architects, engineering, professional services, lease (equipment and land), joint venture agreements, marketing agreements, and letters of intent.  
  • Non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, and termination agreements.
  • Risk management: insurance review, claims adjudication, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and arbitration of disputes.
  • Review of state and federal regulations affecting owners and their businesses.
  • Entity formation: Corporations, LLC's, Partnerships, and Joint Ventures. ​​ 

After 13 years of handling commercial litigation cases, with a focus in the areas of commercial real estate appeals, contract disputes and local government law, Mr. Humphrey made the transition to private practice. In the early 1990’s Tom began working for Matthew and Robert Daly as legal counsel for their various casino development companies.  Tom quickly acquired expertise in Indian law, commerce on Indian reservations, gaming regulations and casino finance.  

Mr. Humphrey, a practicing attorney for more than 40 years, began his career in the

early 1970's working for the Anoka County Attorneys Office as an Assistant Attorney. 

Following a decade of service in Anoka County, he spent 4 years as the Attorney for the

City of Minnetonka. Mr. Humphrey then forayed into commercial litigation as a

shareholder and civil trial lawyer with the prestigious MN law firm of Larkin, Hoffman,

Daly & Lindgren.  

Key Areas of Expertise

Project Involvement

Land Developments:

  • $1.8 Billion Casino Resort Expansion
  • Car Dealership Franchise 
  • Multiple Fast Food Franchises
  • Convenience Stores/Gas Stations
  • RV Park
  • Cemetery
  • Planned Unit Development
  • Office Park
  • Casino Hotel Reconstruction Following a Construction Defect Case
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Tribal Road Network
  • Gun Range 
  • Mall of America
  • Warehouses 
  • Firehouse
  • Restaurants
  • Child Care Center
  • Solar Power Plant
  • LEED Certified Office Building

Mr. Humphrey is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court for Veterans Appeals, and Courts of the State of Nevada.  He is formerly admitted to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, US Federal District Court for the State of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Supreme Court. 

In 2001, Tom expanded his practice to providing legal representation to Indian Tribes directly in the Western United States.  His areas of practice have included issues pertaining to sovereign immunity, gaming contracts, personnel disputes, subpoenas, Tribally owned commercial businesses and governmental affairs.  


​Tom’s depth and breadth of business legal representation spans both Tribal and non-Tribal and includes the following:

Land Purchases:

  • 700 Acre Residential/Golf Course Development
  • Bed and Breakfast, Bar, and 3 Homes on the CA Coast - Tribal Retreat Facility
  • 1,000 Acres of Land Placed into Trust for an Indian Tribe
  • Golf Course
  • 60 Acre Residential Land Development
  • 8 Commercial Lots with Warehouses
  • 1,200 Acre Resort Community - Golf Course, Air Strip, Stables, Pool, Tennis Courts, and Historic Tribal Buildings, Hotel, and Cabins