Michael J. Galligan

Areas of Practice

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


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, 1967 — J.D.
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 1964 — B.A.

Classes/Seminars Taught

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

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