Paul H.Galligan


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Paul offers quick and practical advice to clients on dealing with unions, employees, and opposing counsel.

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When clients are sued by employees or former employees on the basis of discrimination or retaliation, the biggest issue concerns the escalating costs of litigating such cases through discovery when the cases have no merit. Innovative arrangements can help clients to control and predict legal fees, but early settlement is still the best option, unless it exposes the client to other litigation. Clients rely on Paul's 30 years of experience in all aspects of labor law, from both the union and employer perspectives, and particularly in the field of labor relations, to help them address issues proactively.

When it comes to employment litigation, clients must be prepared to take a case to trial to obtain the best settlement. Trial experience is critical, and Paul is well-prepared. His experience ranges from federal and state court trials on both traditional labor and employment discrimination issues to NLRB hearings, labor arbitrations, injunctions, and contract negotiations. He has advised clients with union agreements in industries such as hospitality, retail, and communications.

Paul developed his litigation skills while working for a union-side firm in New York City. Since coming to Seyfarth in June 1997, he has added to his experience negotiating employment agreements, separation agreements, noncompete agreements, and drug testing policies; training supervisors and managers; and defending employers subject to corporate campaigns as well as in various human rights agencies, federal court, and at the National Labor Relations Board.

Labor law is just as much about establishing and building relationships as it is about litigating or arbitrating a particular case. Paul's experience and judgment are vital in deciding when to litigate and when to rely on relationship-building, so that the client is best positioned to obtain the best resolution.

  • BL, University College Dublin
  • LLM, University College Dublin
  • BCL, University College Dublin
  • New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Northern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Western District of New York