Michael V. Galo Jr.
Michael V. Galo Jr. dedicates his practice to all areas of federal and state employment and labor law. Mr. Galo has a particular interest in issues relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Texas Workers' Compensation Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He also has extensive experience representing management in matters relating to the National Labor Relations Act, including union-organizing campaigns, collective bargaining and union arbitrations.
Over the last eighteen years, Mr. Galo has handled numerous cases and matters involving non-competition agreements, covenants of confidentiality, and the protection of trade secrets under both state and federal law.
Mr. Galo has significant jury trial experience, having tried a number of employment discrimination and retaliation cases to verdict in state and federal court. Mr. Galo also maintains an active appellate practice, having served as lead counsel in 16 employment cases before the U.S. and Texas Courts of Appeals. Nine of these cases have proceeded to oral argument.
Representative cases: Kanida v. Nursefinders, 363 F.3d 568 (5th Cir. 2004) (affirming jury verdict for employer and holding that district court did not commit reversible error in instructing the jury); Pineda v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 360 F.3d 483 (5th Cir. 2000) (holding that heightened "pretext plus" standard applies to cases under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act); Qualls v. Lack's Stores, Inc., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5731 (N.D. Tex. 1999) (early ADA case holding that employee with Hepatitis C was not substantially limited in any major life activity), aff'd, 210 F.3d 369 (5th Cir. 2000); Rodriguez v. Roadway Express, Inc., 1997 WL 839014 (S.D. Tex. Dec. 2, 1997) (summary judgment for the employer in early ADA "reasonable accommodation" case and holding that the employee broke off "interactive process"), aff'd, 199 F.3d 437 (5th Cir. 1999); and Rook v. Xerox Corp., 55 Fed. Appx. 716 (5th Cir. 2002) (affirming summary judgment for employer in ADA/FMLA case and finding no evidence that employee had been terminated, and also that the district court did not err in abbreviating discovery); Chavarria v. Despachos Del Norte, Inc., 2005 WL 1515472 (S.D. Tex, Jun. 22, 2005) (dismissing plaintiffs' age discrimination claims resulting from reduction in force); Seidler v. United Parcel Service, 2005 WL 831839 (W.D. Tex. 2005) (dismissing Plaintiff's case for negligence, conversion, and violations of DTPA based upon preemption under the Airline De-Regulation Act); Susan Esquivel et al v. Hillcoat Properties, 484 F.Supp.2d 582 (W.D. Tex. 2007) (holding that fact issues existed regarding whether realtors may be employees for purposes of FLSA); Lee v. Waste Management, 2008 WL 246374 (S.D. Tex. 2008) (transferring ADA case to Western District of Texas based upon convenience of the parties).
Mr. Galo also is a regular speaker at human resources and continuing legal education seminars.
Mr. Galo is a native Laredo, Texas, where much of his family still resides. He speaks Spanish and maintains an active practice throughout Central and South Texas. Mr. Galo is married to Blanca Pellegrin Galo, and they have one son.
Areas of Practice
- Labor and Employment
- Civil Trial
- Civil Appeals
- Texas, 1994
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1996
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1994
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1995
- Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
- J.D. - 1994
- Law Review: Notes Editor, Stanford Law Review, 1993 - 1994
- Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
- B.A. summa cum laude - 1991
- Major: Art History
- Major: Archeology
- Available upon request
Honors and Awards
- Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2012, 19th Edition
- Texas Super Lawyer, 2004, 2007 - 2014
- Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- AV Rated under Martindale Hubbell's Peer-Review Ratings System (highest rating)
- Consistently listed in Best Lawyers of Scene in San Antonio
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of Texas, Member
- San Antonio Bar Association, Member
- Texas Bar Foundation
- San Antonio Bar Foundation
Past Employment Positions
- United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Hon. George P. Kazen, Law Clerk, 1994 - 1995
- Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P., Counsel, 1996 - 2005