Leadership & Values
Board of Directors
Gallagher & Kennedy’s six-member Board of Directors serves as the nucleus of leadership for the firm. All six Board members are practicing attorneys and contribute unique competencies to the board through support of the managing partner in day-to-day operations, strategic planning and financial and resources management.
Board members include Mike Kennedy, co-founder, practicing in General Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability and Sports Law; Dean Short, managing partner, practicing in Sports Law and Business Law; Kevin O’Malley, lead attorney of the firm’s General Commercial Litigation and Public Bidding & Procurement practices; Tim Brown, lead attorney of the Tax Law practice, focusing on federal tax matters; Shannon Clark, shareholder practicing in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death, and Jennifer Cranston, shareholder practicing real estate disputes involving condemnation and valuation issues, insurance coverage analysis and bad faith litigation, and public utility issues.
Co-Founders’ Values Shape Culture
The values on which the firm was built are directly tied to those ingrained in each of the co-founders. Both Mike Gallagher and Mike Kennedy were reared with high regard for family, hard work, fairness and helping others. These personal values became the Gallagher & Kennedy law firm culture, which places the utmost importance on hard work, service excellence through teamwork and a balanced approach to work, family and community.
Of the principles the two founders relied on while growing their law practice, Kennedy said, “We were most often guided by the standards we learned from our parents, not necessarily what we learned in law school.”