Michael L. Gallagher

Co-Founder & Shareholder


A co-founding partner of Gallagher & Kennedy, Mike practices in a wide variety of litigation matters.  Since 1995, he has been consecutively recognized as a Best Lawyer  by Best Lawyers of America.  In 2015, he was awarded the “Phoenix Sports Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers.  Mike has been recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer from 2007-2017.

Over Mike’s career, he has represented national and local airlines, physicians and healthcare providers, insurance companies, attorneys and law firms, architects, engineers, manufacturers of numerous products (including automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, farm, heavy duty construction and sports equipment), municipalities, public utilities and other local and national clients on litigation matters.  In the area of professional sports, he has represented athletes, franchises, leagues and cities.

Mike is a former professional athlete and major league baseball scout.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona, 1970
  • Montana (inactive), 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, 1989

Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona Foundation, Founding Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Founding Fellow
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Judge Pro Tem
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Past President
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Founding Benefactor
  • Peter Kiewit Foundation, Trustee
  • Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, Director
  • Arizona Public Service Company, Director
  • SunCor Development Company, Past Director
  • El Dorado Investment Company, Director
  • Omaha World-Herald Company, Director
  • Americo (U-Haul), Director
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Western Region, Director
  • Arizona State University Law Society, Member and Past President
  • Arizona State University, Sun Angel Foundation, Director and Past Chairman
  • Verde Vaqueros, Director Emeritus
  • Charlie Russell Riders, Director
  • Maricopa Mounted Sheriff's Posse, Member and Past President
  • Rancheros Visitadores, Member
  • Phoenix Thunderbirds, Life Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Phoenix Chapter, Past President
  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Board of Visitors, Member
  • Arizona Trial College, Faculty Member
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Member
  • Association of Professional Ballplayers, Life Member
  • YMCA Metro, Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • AMEC Inc., North American Advisory Board, Director
  • Governor's Advisory Committee on Professional Football, Past Chair
  • Action Performance Companies, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Mayor's Advisory Committee on Professional Sports, Past Chair
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Director
  • Maricopa County Sports Authority, Founder
  • Arizona Baseball Commission, Member
  • Phoenix Grand Prix, Charter Committee, Member
  • Arizona State University, Varsity A Club, Member
  • Phoenix Country Club, Member

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television and Sports Law, 1995-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Phoenix Sports Law Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2015
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star - Arizona: Sports Law, 2015-2016; General Commercial, 2016
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, General Litigation, 2007-2018
  • Arizona Business Magazine, Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, 2019
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2011
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame, 2009
  • Marquis Who's Who, "Who's Who in America"
  • Champion of the Year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, 2008
  • State Bar of Arizona President's Award, 2007
  • Arizona State University Law School Outstanding Alumnus Award, 2004
  • YMCA Distinguished Service Award, 1995
  • Mayor Terry Goddard's Citation for Exceptional Performance of Public Service, 1987
  • Governor Bruce Babbitt's Citation for Exceptional Performance of Public Service, 1982
  • Arizona State University College of Law Distinguished Achievement Award

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