Everybody needs a great lawyer to take care of them sometimes. Gallo LLP cares deeply about its clients. We serve businesses, executives, and consumers alike, making winning arguments privately and in state and federal courts. Our results speak for themselves. See our awards and testimonials below. Our partners' lifetime winning percentage in cases tried to verdict exceeds 87% and our plaintiffs' recoveries exceed $100 million.
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(The results of these cases depended upon their unique facts and the law applicable to them. These outcomes do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction of the outcome of any other matter or matters. They do, however, reflect something about our judgment as to when to go to trial, instead of settling, and our ability to achieve the anticipated result when we do go to trial.)
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We have focused primarily on business litigation, including contract matters and business torts, since 1994. Our clients range from entrepreneurial individuals and businesses to Fortune 1000 companies and their "Chief" level executives. Most are middle-market businesses seeking a great relationship with a highly skilled and effective lawyer—someone who can understand and empathize with their problems and deliver smart solutions.
Our clients are repeat customers because we provide consistently excellent results and service. In fact, because of the way we do business, most of our clients become friends, and most of our friends become clients.
Our business clients are smart. They know the difference between marketing and fraud, and they win fairly. We think the businesses they compete with should play fairly too. In our consumer class action practice—which routinely involves cases worth tens of millions of dollars—we most recently have been litigating fraud claims against for-profit vocational schools. We believe these schools sometimes sell "a better income through education" but deliver only entry-level jobs and unmanageable student debt. Other cases we prosecute for the greater good have involved mislabeled foods and drugs, wage and hour violations, and online scams.
Are you are facing criminal charges? Have you received a grand jury subpoena? If so, you want a lawyer who has experience on both sides of the prosecutor’s desk.
At Gallo LLP, we specialize in defending executives, corporations and private individuals in federal and state criminal cases, with a superb record in defense trials. We also represent subjects and witnesses in grand jury proceedings, and in matters brought by federal or state regulatory agencies. Andrew Cowan, a Partner at Gallo LLP and a former federal fraud prosecutor, has 15 years of U.S. Justice Department experience under his belt. He understands how prosecutors use their discretion to charge some cases and not others. Andrew knows how to negotiate with the government, on your behalf, to prevent criminal charges from being filed against you or your company. A seasoned courtroom lawyer, he will gladly take your case to trial if that is your best option. Ray Gallo’s criminal defense experience is limited to volunteer prosecutions and perhaps 10 criminal defense cases. But he’ll tell you he doesn’t think there’s a criminal defense lawyer out there with a better record of results on the cases he handles. And, so far, he’s batting 1,000 in criminal defense trials.
Our firm will aggressively investigate the facts of your case, pursue all available defenses, and vigorously defend your rights under the law. No firm cares more about you or the results you get.
Gallo LLP conducts confidential internal investigations on behalf of companies when wrongdoing is suspected in the ranks. An internal investigation is a strategy for uncovering employee misconduct and responding to charges that may prove to be baseless. Andrew Cowan, a Partner at Gallo LLP, is a former federal prosecutor and a licensed private investigator. He has conducted numerous internal investigations at companies including financial institutions, investment funds, health care providers, manufacturers and technology companies. In many cases, his investigations revealed that the companies had been the victims of disloyal employees who had embezzled funds or stolen trade secrets. When a firm itself is suspected of wrongdoing, an effective internal investigation can help convince prosecutors and regulators not to bring charges.
The list of Ray Gallo's satisfied executive clients speaks for itself. Current and former "Chief" level executives from some of the finest companies in the country choose Ray as a trusted partner, companies like Starwood Hotels, Mars, Reed Elsevier, and Trammel Crow, as well as numerous senior executives from middle-market firms. Most of these matters are confidential. Please see our Testimonials section for a few non-confidential examples. Ray's consistent ability to negotiate win-win transactions is evidenced by his repeat clients and testimonials. Can we help you?
Ray Gallo's ability to negotiate win-win deals, general business savvy, and success as a trial lawyer combine to make him an excellent general counselor to any business. As litigators, we at Gallo LLP know how deals go bad. As negotiators, we create deals that maximize opportunities for successful business relationships while minimizing the risk of future litigation.
In addition, Gallo LLP attorney Tracy Tormey offers years of in-house experience managing employment, corporate governance, contract, insurance, and other matters at a $200M middle market company, in addition to her years of traditional corporate and securities transactional experience.
In Bottoni v. Sallie Mae, Gallo LLP successfully removed an estimated $76 million in "collection charges" from the student loan obligations of approximately 40,000 Californians.
In Amador v. California Culinary Academy, Gallo LLP recovered $40 Million from parent company Career Education Corporation based on allegations that students were misled to believe they would become chefs and earn chef wages, and based on allegedly misleading job placement rates that included jobs that were readily available without a culinary degree, and that paid wages so low students could not hope to live and make their student loan payments.
In Vasquez v. CSCA, Gallo LLP represents approximately 1,000 individual victims alleging fraud by the California School of Culinary Arts and its parent company Career Education Corporation. Gallo LLP clients already have recovered millions of dollars based on these allegations and the evidence discovered.
Gallo LLP represents 81 customer victims of Hashfast’s failure to deliver. Although frustrated by the creditors’ committee’s choices, we have pushed relentlessly for a good deal for our clients.
Gallo LLP’s pioneering development of software to automate and facilitate smaller-claim mass actions has made justice economically possible where it wasn’t before. Using LeverageTM mass action software, the firm successfully has prosecuted more than 1,000 cases for clients whose claims previously were impossible to vindicate. Leverage is available to well-qualified lawyers through affiliate Gallo Digital (www.gallodigital.com) or through joint ventures with Gallo LLP.
Today’s U.S. Supreme Court may not care whether legal wrongs have practical remedies. But we do.
I had the unfortunate experience of having to defend a professional liability case against Mr. Gallo. I say 'unfortunate' because he obtained a jury verdict for his client, and against my client, in excess of $600,000. Mr. Gallo was always professional, extremely well prepared, and extremely tenacious, in the representation of his client. If I ever have cause to file a lawsuit against someone because I feel I have been wronged, he will be the first person I contact to represent me.
Ray Gallo represents me personally in all my business matters. Over the years, he has always met or exceeded my expectations.
Ray Gallo was a savvy advisor and a highly effective negotiator when I chose to leave my last executive position and again when I accepted my current one. He took care of my interests and built very effective relationships at the same time. I now consider Ray to be a friend and will call him first whenever I need a lawyer.
Amazing lawyers and negotiators.
I knew I had a good lawyer when I hired Ray. But halfway through the trial, the Judge leaned down from the bench and said to me: "You've got a great lawyer."
Every time I've sent a problem to Gallo, they have resolved it expeditiously, inexpensively, and quite favorably.
I would recommend Gallo to any executive. They did a terrific job of enforcing my old employment contract and were very helpful in negotiating my new one.
I highly recommend Gallo to anyone in search of a professional, highly dedicated and committed attorney. I found Ray Gallo's style straight-forward and honest in his assessment of my legal situation. Ray and Tony Jensen worked diligently in securing the best strategy to protect my interests. I was completely satisfied with the results of our business relationship and will use Gallo again.
Gallo did a terrific job of negotiating and preparing our initial funding agreement on the very best terms available.
Ray Gallo is one of California's most talented trial lawyers. Ray out-thinks, out-strategizes, and out-negotiates the opponent at every stage of a case. And when it comes to a trial, his courtroom skills and savvy are unparalleled. I recommend him highly to anyone with a serious, high-stakes legal problem.
Gallo's persistence and toughness in pursuing my litigation goals, at a very reasonable cost to me, were remarkable. Ray Gallo's cross-examination skills were noteworthy even to a litigation veteran like me.
. . . Very good results for our company at a reasonable cost.
Ray and I were opposing counsel in a very hard-fought litigation. I found Ray to be very intelligent and diligent. Our relationship was always courteous and professional. Since that case ended, Ray and I have referred clients to each other and remain in frequent contact. I have no hesitation in recommending Ray as an attorney and counselor.
Over the past seven years, Gallo has advised the company on a broad range of legal and business issues . . . I have always found them to be diligent, innovative, aggressive, and business-like in protecting our interests.
Ray is an extraordinary and unique individual. It was amazing to watch and listen while he did his thing at my arbitration hearing. I was in awe. I couldn't have asked for anyone more remarkable. I am so appreciative for everything Ray and his team did for me. Gallo LLP represented me with such confidence, character, strength, and style that I will be forever grateful.
Ray is a responsive, solution providing attorney focused on the most efficient use of his and his clients' time. He provides his clients with a cost-effective, smart path to resolving their legal issues. He has provided great guidance to me in matters of contracts, litigation, and labor in a variety of industries. It is always a pleasure working with Ray, as he is focused on resolving matters not on complicating them in the name of generating legal fees. Ray can be effective in both large and small matters.
Ray has represented me more than once, each time as an expert negotiator and excellent legal resource. He is always my first recommendation for corporate advisory and contract matters.
I found Ray Gallo to be the consummate professional in my dealings with him. Ray was smart, pragmatic and most efficient in helping obtain a favorable resolution of the dispute we had for his clients. Thank you.
Ray and I were representing clients who were adversaries in a lawsuit. I found Ray to be an insightful, principled lawyer who remained a gentlemen while vigorously pursuing his client's position. He has exceptional common sense and a wonderful personality. His ability to understand both sides of the dispute make him a formidable adversary. If I ever needed a lawyer for myself or knew someone that required a referral, Ray would be at the top of my list.
Ray is a great negotiator and understands how to get his clients the best possible deal in the shortest possible time. Honest, professional and very smart.
I met Ray when he represented my client's opposition in a lawsuit. Ray got a good result for his clients, and was knowledgeable, diligent and highly professional. It is not often a lawyer can recommend someone first met as opposing counsel, but I can unreservedly recommend Ray.
Ray was retained by one of my clients for an important lawsuit. Thanks to his hard work the client was able to secure a favorable result.
Ray Gallo is a brilliant and learned attorney who has done an excellent and studied job of the legal work he has done for our companies. I wholeheartedly support him.
Ray has represented my company, Interland, in several litigation matters and we have always been happy with his responsiveness and the results we've achieved. I would be happy to recommend him.
Ray has been invaluable to me both as my attorney and as a general business advisor. He is both smart and aggressive. I value our relationship.
Trust is everything. I trust Gallo.
Gallo LLP represented me and a few thousand other victims of a vocational school fraud, and achieved an unprecedented $40 million settlement. Over the five years of hard work required, Ray Gallo was responsive, dedicated, smart, and sometimes even selfless in his efforts to force the other side to make it right. I will always be grateful for the hard work and great results. I recommend Gallo wholeheartedly.
Gallo LLP represented me in a class action challenging a student lender's assessment of excessive collection charges against more than 40,000 Californians. Dominic Valerian and Ray Gallo were thorough, hard-working, and dedicated throughout more than three years of litigation and ultimately recovered an estimated $76 million in debt relief and refunds for the class.
I am the CEO of Compex Legal services. I have worked extensively with Ray on various matters ranging from debt settlement to employee issues over the last three years. Ray is one of the smartest lawyers i have met--and I have worked with many lawyers in my career. His advice is always valuable. He is a great negotiator and is fun to work with. I recommend him highly.
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