Michael Galligan, Attorney
Mr. Galligan founded his law
practice in 1971 following graduation from the University of
Tennessee School of Law, and he established the firm of Galligan
& Newman in 1982. His successful law practice includes the
following areas: personal injury, medical malpractice, civil
rights and employment, contested estate cases, complex criminal
cases, and workers compensation. During his more than 40
years as an attorney, Mr. Galligan has represented many high-profile
clients, including cases televised on Court TV and reported in
national newspapers and magazines. Mr. Galligan has also settled
and tried many plaintiffs cases involving large monetary
Mr. Galligan is a member of the
McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
and the Tennessee Association for Justice, serving as a past
member of the Board of Governors. He has been appointed by the
Governor to serve on the Tennessee Judicial Council. Mr. Galligan
is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the
Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee, and the Tennessee
Supreme Court and all state courts in Tennessee. He was an adjunct
professor and lecturer at the University of Tennessee School
of Law for 10 years and is frequently invited to speak at industry
events. He is past President of Main Street McMinnville,
past Chairman of the City of McMinnville Board of Zoning Appeals
and past Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of River Park
Hospital. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1941, Mr. Galligan served
in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1968, rising to the rank
of Captain. Outside his time at the firm, Mr. Galligans
interests include painting, athletics, cooking, reading and traveling.
Robert Newman, Attorney
Mr. Newman joined Mr. Galligan
in 1982 to establish the firm of Galligan & Newman. With
over 30 years of experience, Mr. Newman specializes in the areas
of general litigation, including domestic cases such as divorce,
child custody and adoptions; criminal law; and social security.
He also represents area utilities. He is former President of
the Warren County Bar Association and a member of the Tennessee
Bar Association. Other memberships include the Tennessee Association
for Justice and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers. After he graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School
of Law at the University of Memphis, Mr. Newman was admitted
to the Tennessee bar in 1982, U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Tennessee in 1985 and U.S. District Court for the
Middle District of Tennessee in 1991. Born in McMinnville, Tennessee,
in 1951, Mr. Newman is married to Marsha Newman, who is principal
of West Elementary School in McMinnville. They have four sons.
Mr. Newman also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors
of Security Federal Bank and as past President of the Breakfast
Susan Marttala, Attorney
Joining Galligan & Newman
in 1996, Ms. Marttala concentrates in the practice areas of employment
discrimination and civil rights, medical malpractice, and general
civil cases in state and federal courts. Prior to joining Galligan
& Newman, she was a partner with her husband in the law firm
of Marttala & Marttala. She was the first female District
Attorney General in Tennessee history, serving an interim position
by appointment of Gov. Ned McWherter. She served five years as
the Municipal Judge for the City of McMinnville and also served
as the McMinnville City Attorney. Ms. Marttala has a B.A. from
the University of the South and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
She was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1986, U.S. District
Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in 1987, U.S. District
Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in 2006 and U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 2007. Born and raised
in McMinnville, she is married to David Marttala, who is in-house
legal counsel for the First National Bank of McMinnville. They
have three children.
John Partin, Attorney
Mr. Partin has practiced law
at Galligan & Newman since 2000, primarily in the areas of
criminal defense, including appellate work, civil litigation,
employment and civil rights, personal injury, and domestic law.
He is Municipal Judge for the town of Morrison and previously
served as County Attorney for Van Buren County, Tennessee. Mr.
Partin holds a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University and
a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is
admitted to practice in all courts in the state of Tennessee
and to the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts.
He is a member of the Warren County and Tennessee Bar Associations,
as well as the Tennessee Association for Justice. Born in Murfreesboro
and raised in McMinnville, Mr. Partins interests outside
of practicing law include sports, music and politics. He is a
local radio personality, serving as a frequent contributor to
Viewpoints and as a host of Pigskin Panel.
He has also served as the attorney advisor for the Warren County
High School Mock Trial Team. He is married to Becky Partin.
Ben Newman, Attorney
Mr. Newman joined Galligan &
Newman in 2010, concentrating in the areas of workers compensation,
criminal defense, commercial litigation, contract law and criminal
appellate work. He also is the attorney member of the McMinnville
Greenway Committee. Mr. Newman holds a B.S. in Business Administration
from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a J.D. from
the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
He was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 2010. He is a member
of the Warren County and Tennessee bar associations. Mr. Newman
assists his father, Robert Newman, in representing local utilities.
When not practicing law, he is an avid outdoorsman, participating
in activities such as hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking,
rock climbing, cycling and skiing. He is also active in Kids
of the Community. Raised in McMinnville, Mr. Newman grew up working
on the family farm and continues in that tradition.
Trevor Galligan, Attorney
Mr. Galligan practices in the
areas of personal injury, employment and civil rights, criminal
defense, complex civil litigation, and corporate representation.
He joined Galligan & Newman in 2011. Mr. Galligan was formerly
the Legislative Director and Legal Counsel for U.S. Rep. Lincoln
Davis in Washington, D.C. Among his many duties, he was responsible
for drafting and briefing Rep. Davis on all legislation before
the House of Representatives. Mr. Galligan attended Rhodes College
in Memphis and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in International
Studies. Mr. Galligan is a 2008 graduate of the University of
Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. While in law school,
he clerked for several judges at the Shelby County Criminal Court.
Mr. Galligan was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 2009. He and
his wife, Meredith, have one son. He enjoys spending time with
his family, outdoor activities, playing sports, music, reading