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Garrick L. Gallagher

Garrick L. Gallagher

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Owner and Director
Phoenix, Arizona

Garrick Gallagher joined the firm in 1988, and is a Shareholder, Director and Past President (2000-2006) of the firm. Mr. Gallagher earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1984, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.

Mr. Gallagher concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation throughout Arizona, the United States, and abroad. He has been interviewed by Dateline NBC, local news networks, the Los Angeles Times, London Times, and Gentlemen's Quarterly in connection with cases he has handled, and those matters have also been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The American Lawyer.

His practice includes insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, insurance coverage litigation, excess and surplus lines, directors and officers liability, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, professional negligence, construction, and intellectual property litigation.

He regularly advises and represents parties in complex personal injury, insurance bad faith and primary/excess coverage matters. He is often hired to assist insurers with Arizona Damron and Morris Agreements involving stipulated judgments entered after denials of coverage or threatened to be entered when reservations of rights have been issued. Mr. Gallagher is frequently retained in high exposure cases and coverage disputes to manage risk and resolve difficult cases. His clients respect his ability to resolve matters efficiently.

He has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV®, PreeminentTM rating, AVVO Rated 10 Superb, has been selected as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers, was selected to Best Lawyers in America for 2013-2017, was recognized in the 2010-2017 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers, was named by Super Lawyers as one of Arizona's Top 50 Lawyers from 2012-2017, was recognized as one of Arizona's Top 100 Lawyers by the Arizona Business magazine, and has also been selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Mr. Gallagher has substantial and innovative alternate dispute resolution experience as a neutral. He regularly serves as a mediator, arbitrator and settlement conference judge. Mr. Gallagher also serves as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court.

In the Larry L. Hillblom probate case in Saipan, one of the largest and most litigious probate cases in the world, Mr. Gallagher successfully represented one of the heir claimants in securing the client's share of the $600,000,000 estate.

In addition to regularly defending clients against multi-million dollar claims, he has recovered more than $100 million on behalf of clients in various jurisdictions.

Mr. Gallagher regularly represents parties in complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation matters. In Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Gallagher recovered a $5,950,000 verdict on behalf of U.S. Fire Ins. Co. in a bad faith failure to settle action against the primary insurance carrier. Mr. Gallagher represented the Insurer in insurance coverage litigation arising out of 16 class action suits seeking damages related to organic milk allegedly produced in violation of organic standards. He also represented the Insurer in insurance coverage litigation arising out of claims for $500 million in damages from alleged infringed copyrights or trademarks and appropriation of intellectual property.

Mr. Gallagher has evaluated liability, damages and coverage issues involving directors and officers claims involving allegations of mismanagement of assets and breaches of fiduciary duties, including claims arising out of the billion dollar collapse of Mortgages, Ltd.

He is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, the United States District Court, Districts of Arizona, Colorado and West Texas, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona (member Board of Governors; President, Young Lawyers Division, 1991-1992); Maricopa County Bar Association; The Federal Bar Association; The Defense Research Institute; and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.


Year Joined Firm

  • 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Construction Litigation
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Entity
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D. - 1984
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Major: Economics

Honors and Awards

  • AV®, Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Southwest Super Lawyer and Arizona's Top 50 Lawyers
  • AVVO Rated 10 Superb
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona , Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member, Board of Governors, 1991 - 1992
  • State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division, President, 1991 - 1992
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • The Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Arizona Insurance Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance