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Michael Galligan


Michael Galligan founded his law practice in 1971 following his graduation from the University of Tennessee School of Law. He established the Law Offices of Galligan and Newman in 1982. The primary focus of Michael Galligan’s practice is personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights, employment, contested estate cases, complex criminal cases, and workers’ compensation. Mr. Galligan has also settled and tried many plaintiffs’ cases involving large monetary awards in both federal and state courts.

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. Mr. Galligan was also an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee School of Law for thirteen years. Outside his time at the firm, Mr. Galligan’s interests include painting, writing, athletics, cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with his lovely wife, Rhonda Galligan. Mr. Galligan is also an artist and poet.


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1971
  • Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., History and Literature, 1964

Bar Admissions

  • U.S Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court of East Tennessee
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • All state courts

Professional Associations

  • McMinnville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, serving as a past member of the Board of Governors
  • Mr. Galligan was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Tennessee Judicial Council

Community Involvement

  • Past President of Main Street McMinnville
  • Past Chairman of the City of McMinnville Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Past Chairman of the City of McMinnville Planning Commission
  • Past Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of River Park Hospital
  • Past Chairman and current member of the Board of Directors of WCTE Public Television
  • Warren County Citizen of the Year, McMinnville, Warren County Chamber of Commerce
  • Lifetime Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars

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