Brian Galligan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Des Moines, IA

Galligan Law PC
 | The Plaza, Suite 5, 300 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-316-6179
Fax: 515-282-0318
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Brian Galligan is an attorney with the law firm of Galligan Reid, PC, in Des Moines, Iowa, where he focuses his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Primarily representing the injured and their families, Mr. Galligan works with cases involving a wide variety of issues, including defective drugs, defective medical devices, financial injuries, mesothelioma-asbestos, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home abuse, premises liability, products liability, workplace accidents, clergy sex abuse and more. His practice serves Des Moines and the surrounding Iowa counties of Dubuque, Linn and Polk.

    Mr. Galligan, a former White House intern, earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from The University of Iowa College of Law. He is licensed to practice in the state courts of Iowa, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Recognized for his knowledge and accomplishments, Mr. Galligan is frequently asked to give presentations on personal injury and litigation topics at professional seminars. He has received awards from legal associations such as the American Association for Justice and the Iowa Association for Justice. The attorney peer review service Martindale-Hubbell gave him its highest rating, AV Preeminent.*

    Mr. Galligan belongs to the Polk County Bar Association, The Iowa State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Iowa Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. He has been a barrister for the Blackstone American Inn of Court since 2004 and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization of attorneys who have achieved verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more.

    *AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

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    About Brian Galligan

    Admitted: 2000, Iowa

    Professional Webpage: http://galliganlaw.com/about-galligan-law/brian-p-galligan/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Wiedemann & Wysocki Award - American Association for Justice , 2011 - Present
    • Honors: With High Distinction, University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member, 2010 - Present
    • F. Scott Baldwin Award for Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer- American Association for Justice, 2012 - Present
    • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Key Person Award, 2007 - Present
    • AV Rating (Highest Possible Rating) - Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating, 2011 - Present
    • Meritorious Achievement Award - Iowa Association for Justice, 2013 - Present
    • Honors: Order of the Coif, University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member, 2010 - Present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Association for Justice/Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, 2000 - Present
    • Iowa Association for Justice/Iowa Trial Lawyers Association - President - 2015 - Present
    • American Association for Justice/Association of Trial Lawyers of America - NLD, Treasurer, 2008 - 2009
    • Iowa Association for Justice/Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2013 - 2014
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 2004
    • Iowa State Bar Association, Member, 2000 - Present
    • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2012
    • Iowa State Bar Association - Independence of the Judiciary Committee, Member, 2007 - Present
    • Iowa Association for Justice/Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2005 - Present
    • Birth Trauma Litigation Group - American Association for Justice, Member, 2005 - Present
    • Roscoe Pound Civil Justice Institute, Fellow, 2011 - Present
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member, 2004 - Present
    • American Association for Justice/Association of Trial Lawyers of America - NLD, Chair Elect, 2009 - 2010
    • Iowa Association for Justice/Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Parliamentarian, 2011 - 2012
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 2004
    • Polk County Bar Association, Member, 2000 - Present
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
    • Iowa State Bar Association YLD, District 5C Representative - Executive Council, 2005 - 2009
    • Iowa Association for Justice/Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, 2006 - Present
    • Professional Negligence Section - American Association for Justice, Member, 2005 - Present
    • Iowa Association for Justice/Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Justice For All PAC, Board of Trustees, 2006 - 2008
    • Product Liability Section - American Association for Justice, Member, 2005 - Present
    • American Association for Justice/Association of Trial Lawyers of America - NLD, Chair, 2010 - 2011
    • American Association for Justice/Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Board of Governors, 2011 - Present
    • Iowa, 2000
    • American Association for Justice/Association of Trial Lawyers of America - NLD, Secretary, 2007 - 2008
    • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2013 - Present
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2006
    • American Bar Association, Member, 2000 - Present
    • Iowa Association for Justice/Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2000 - Present
    • Blackstone Inn of Court, Barrister, 2004 - Present
    • Iowa Association for Justice/Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Legislative Committee, 2006 - Present
    • Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group - American Association for Justice, Member, 2008 - Present

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • High School Mock Trial Program, Coach - Valley High School, 2008
    • Junior High School Mock Trial Program, Coach - Indian Hills/Stillwell Junior High, 2000 - 2005
    • High School Mock Trial Program, Coach - Valley Southwoods, 2007
    • HOLA Clinic - Polk County Bar Association, 2006 - 2008
    • High School Mock Trial Program, Coach - Valley Southwoods, 2005
    • High School Mock Trial Program, Coach - Valley High School, 2009
    • Iowa Legal Aid Foundation - Board Member, 2008 - 2012
    • High School Mock Trial Program, Coach - Valley High School, 2003

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • The Restatement (Third) Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm: What You Need to Know, Mass Torts Made Perfect/Torts Made Perfect - Las Vegas, Nevada, October 14, 2011
    • Discovery and Admission of Medical and Mental Health Records, Story County Bench/Bar Seminar - Ames, Iowa, January 27, 2012
    • How to Find a Courageous Jury, Iowa Association for Justice - 2012 Annual Convention, November 8, 2012
    • Voir Dire - Choosing the Right Jury, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers - Annual Seminar - Des Moines, Iowa, February 21, 2013
    • The Restatement (Third) Torts and Iowa Tort Law, Iowa Judges Association Annual Conference - Des Moines, Iowa, June 19, 2014
    • The Med Mal Climate, Patient Safety & Iowa’s New “Candor” Law, Iowa Association for Justice – 2015 Annual Convention, November 5, 2015
    • Adult Child Consortium Claims in Wrongful Death Cases, Iowa Association for Justice – 2016 Annual Convention, November 10, 2016
    • Handling the Challenges of Implicit Bias/Rehabilitating Witnesses, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, February 23, 2017
    • Trial by Human with Nick Rowley, Drake Law School AAJ, November 11, 2017
    • The Current State of Medical Malpractice in Iowa, Iowa State Bar Association
    • The Current State of Medical Malpractice in Iowa, Iowa State Bar Association, 2018
    • Engineering and the Law: Product Liability, Iowa State University - Department of Engineering, November 7, 2006
    • Personal Injury Basics, Iowa state Bar Association, March 12, 2008
    • Changes Facing Trial Court Judges in the Coming Decade, 2008 Iowa Judicial Conference, June 19, 2008
    • Vicarious Liability Through Agency Relationships, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association - Auto/PI Seminar, August 1, 2008
    • Case Settlement Considerations, Iowa Association for Justice, March 31, 2009
    • Standards for Expert Testimony In Iowa, Iowa Association for Justice - 2009 Annual Convention, November 5, 2009
    • Stumbling Blocks to Case Settlement, Iowa Association for Justice - 2009 Annual Convention, November 5, 2009
    • Trying Your Personal Injury Case in Federal Court, Iowa Association for Justice - 2010 Personal Injury Seminar, April 23, 2010
    • The New Restatement's Top 10 Tort Tools: The Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm, American Association for Justice 2010 Annual Convention - Vancouver, B.C., July 11, 2010
    • Standards for Expert Testimony - Pretrial Strategies, American Association for Justice 2010 Annual Convention - Vancouver, B.C., July 11, 2010
    • The Things You Shouldn't Forget to Do Before Trial, American Association For Justice - Litigating Auto Collision Cases Seminar - New Orleans, LA, April 29, 2011
    • The Things You Shouldn't Forget to Do Before Trial, Iowa Association For Justice - 2011 Personal Injury Seminar - Des Moines, Iowa, August 27, 2011

    Educational Background:

    • Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, B.A., Major: U.S. History/Political Science, 1997
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    The Plaza, Suite 5
    300 Walnut Street
    Des Moines, IA 50309

    Phone: 515-316-6179

    Fax: 515-282-0318

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