G&K Co-Founders

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy was founded in 1978, when Mike Kennedy and Mike Gallagher decided to open their own law firm in Phoenix.  Just 40 years later, the law firm is the sixth largest law firm in Arizona.

History has shown Gallagher & Kennedy to be a classic American success story, built on the vision of two optimistic and tenacious young attorneys.  Though lacking deep pockets, the two Mikes were rich in ambition and determination.  Kennedy quips, ” “The lender’s collateral for a modest business loan consisted of “seconds” on our Country Squire and Monte Carlo.”  In the early days, the firm’s work primarily focused on insurance and litigation.  While the start-up quarters and earliest client list were modest, the young firm was on its way.

At the 10-year mark, Gallagher & Kennedy had begun to expand from primarily a litigation-based firm to include more business law services.  Weathering the economic turbulence of the 80s, the firm was well-positioned to participate in Arizona’s explosive growth of the 90s.  With a mounting track record of success and growing reputation in the community, the firm was able to attract top talent to fuel its growth and expansion into the practice areas of Environmental Law, Personal Injury & Wrongful Death, Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights, Intellectual Property and Criminal Law.

G&K Co-founders Mike Kennedy left and Mike Gallagher right pose for photo at 1989 Firm Holiday party
Mike K. and Mike G. at the firm’s 1989 holiday party


Today, as then, Gallagher & Kennedy is comprised of many of the top lawyers in the state, whose accomplishments have expanded the firm’s reach beyond its deep Arizona roots.  While individual excellence is the goal for all employees, the Gallagher & Kennedy culture centers on a team approach of service excellence for each of our clients. This work environment led to the firm’s recognition by the Phoenix Business Journal as the Valley’s “Best Place to Work” for two consecutive years.