Workers' Compensation
Summer 2018

F&P Workers’ Comp Team Spotlight – John K. Archibald and Jamere T. Gainers

John Archibald joined Franklin & Prokopik in 2012. He focuses his practice in workers’ compensation defense, employers’ liability, and commercial law.

John attended Fordham University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. While attending college, John was part of the debate team, where he honed his oral argument skills. He also played intramural tennis and picked up running as a hobby.

After graduating from Fordham, John attended law school at the University of Maryland School of Law. While attending law school, John participated in a legal clinic where he did work for the National Association of the Deaf. His work focused primarily on possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He found this work extremely rewarding, and also eye-opening. While working for this clinic, John gained first-hand knowledge about the struggles that people with disabilities face with equal access to everyday activities that we take for granted.

After graduating from law school, John served as a law clerk for the District Court of Maryland in Baltimore County from 2010 through 2012. While working in this position, John worked for thirteen different judges, and gained practical experience in a variety of different practice areas including landlord/tenant, domestic violence, criminal law, contract law, and auto torts.

In addition to his case work working for Franklin & Prokopik, John is also a member of the Maryland Defense Counsel Workers’ Compensation Section. John also speaks at seminars on issues involving commercial litigation and employers’ liability. In addition to speaking on these topics, he also writes articles for the Business Law and Workers’ Compensation Newsletters covering new legal developments in these areas of practice.

John is just as active in his personal life as in his professional life. He is a member of his neighborhood Board of Directors for the HOA and is an avid runner (he is looking to participate in the Boston Marathon for the second time next spring). John also enjoys traveling and playing the guitar.

Jamere Gainers joined Franklin & Prokopik as a paralegal in 2016. Her work is focused in the area of workers’ compensation defense.

Prior to joining Franklin & Prokopik, Jamere attended Frostburg University from 2006 through 2010, where she majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice. In her last year, Jamere made the decision to work in the legal field and began an internship with a law firm that specialized in bankruptcy and foreclosure. Jamere displayed an aptitude for legal work and, upon completion of her internship and graduation from college, she was hired by a law firm specializing in representing foster care children in Baltimore City and Montgomery County. Jamere continued to work with this law firm from 2010 through 2016, when she was hired by F&P.

In her free time, Jamere enjoys spending time with her family and cooking. Although she rarely watches television or movies at home, she is an avid fan of going to the movie theater.