Michael J. (Deceased) Galligan

Michael J. (Deceased) Galligan

Des Moines, Iowa
800-217-9312 (Toll Free)
515-282-3333 (Local)

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Toxic Torts
  • Consumer Protection
  • Litigation & Appeals

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1971
  • California, 1967
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    • J.D. - 1967
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
    • B.A. - 1964

Representative Cases


  • ITLA Past Presidents Seminar/Topic: Ten Things to Consider Before Taking a Medical Malpractice Case, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Advocacy Institute/Topic: Communications with Treating Physicians- Amendments to Sec. 622.10, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1999
  • 25th Annual Convention/Topic: Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • Medical Records, Depositions & Damages Seminar/Topic: Successfully Cross Examining the Defense Doctor, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • ATLA Mid-Winter Convention/Moderator: Excellence in Advocacy, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1995
  • Professional Liability Issues Seminar/Topic: Failure to Diagnose Myocardial Infarction and Properly Interpret Diagnostic Tests, National College of Advocacy (ATLA), 1995
  • Ultimate Trial Advocacy, Faculty, National College of Advocacy (ATLA), 1994
  • Trial Practice Seminar - From the Close of Plaintiff's Case Through Final Arguments/Topic: Final Argument, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • ATLA Annual Convention/Topic: Loss of Sexual Function Injuries, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1994
  • 121st Annual Meeting of the Iowa State Bar Association/Topic: Closing Arguments, Iowa State Bar Association, 1994
  • ATLA Mid-Winter Convention/Topic: Straight Talk on Medical Malpractice, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1994
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts Seminar/The Trial Lawyer's Contribution to A Better, Safer Environment: Advocates for the Planet, National College of Advocacy (ATLA), 1993
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Meeting/Topic: Restoring Public Confidence in Lawyers and the Civil Justice System: "A Lawyer Should Assist in Maintaining the Integrity and Competence of the Legal Profession" - Canon 1, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • 118th Meeting of the Iowa State Bar Association/Topic: Settlement Strategies and Techniques, Iowa State Bar Association, 1991
  • ITLA Representing the Plaintiff in Personal Injury Cases Seminar/Topic: Medical Malpractice Update, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1991

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers In America - Medical Malpractice Law
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers - Medical Malpractice
  • Outstanding Lawyers of America
  • Martindale Hubble AV Peer Review Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member, Birth Trauma Litigation Group
  • American Association for Justice, Board of Trustees, National College of Advocacy,, 1992 - 1997
  • American Association for Justice, Civil Justice Foundation Board, 1993 - 1999
  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1986 - 1992
  • American Association for Justice, State Delegate, 1983 - 1985
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1983 - 1984
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, 1977 - 1992
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Legal Education Committee, Chair, 1975 - 1978
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • American Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Diplomat
  • Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure, Iowa Supreme Court, 1983 - 1986
  • Committee on Costs of Litigation, Iowa Supreme Court
  • Polk County Bar Association, Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section on Litigation

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Air Force, JAGC, 1968 - 1971