Maryann P. Gallagher has been a Plaintiff’s Attorney practicing Employment Litigation for over 25 Years. She has tried over 40 cases to verdict. In addition to Employment verdicts, she has verdicts in product liability, Personal Injury, Labor Code Violations, Medical Malpractice, and Construction Accidents. In addition to being a trial attorney, Ms. Gallagher has also handled her appeals, having several cases published and creating new areas of law in Sexual Abuse and HIV infliction cases.
The first employment trial Ms. Gallagher was involved in was Bihun v At&T 13 Cal. App. 4th 976(1993), a sexual harassment case that set a precedent in areas of evidence for purposes of punitive damages and destruction of evidence jury instruction when the employer refuses to produce the harassing employee’s employment file.
Since then, Ms. Gallagher has followed her passion for representing employees in discrimination and harassment cases.
Another notable case Ms. Gallagher was involved in was John B. v. Superior Court (2006) 38 Cal. 4th 1177, where a husband had transmitted HIV to his wife without telling her he was HIV positive, then tried to blame her for giving it to him.
In C.R. v Tenet Healthcare Corp. (2009) 169 Cal. App. 4th 1094, Ms. Gallagher fought to provide rights for patients sexually assaulted in the hospital, where they had been denied recovery. She persevered for 6 years, taking the case to the court of appeals, and eventually obtained a $67,000,000.00 verdict, which included punitive damages.
Ms. Gallagher has worked to protect victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault both in the workplace and out of the workplace for over 25 years. It is her passion.
Through her persistence at trial and the jury verdicts she has obtained, Ms. Gallagher has held many Fortune 500 companies responsible for gender discrimination, age discrimination, race discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, disability discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment. She has also achieved justice for her clients who are whistleblowers. These are men or women who are brave enough to speak out when they suspect illegal actions on behalf of their employer and are wrongfully terminated as a result. “As a mom, I have a drive to protect my clients from bullies.”
In January 2017, Ms. Gallagher was named the Trial Attorney of the Year for Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest plaintiff’s lawyer association.
Ms. Gallagher serves on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA) as an Emeritus member and has been a nominee for Trial Attorney of the Year 3 times and Appellate Attorney of the Year twice. She is only one of the very few members considered for both awards. Gallagher is a frequent, sought-after Speaker at CAALA events with topics ranging from Employment and Sexual Harassment Law to Trial Preparation and Skills.
Ms. Gallagher was named a 2022 America’s Top 50 Lawyer for Employment Law. Ms. Gallagher was also a finalist for the Consumer Attorney of the Year award by Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) after receiving one of the largest sexual assault verdicts in the United States. She also speaks frequently for CAOC in the area of employment law. Ms. Gallagher has been honored by “Top Attorneys in Southern California” for 2012-2022, “Su,per Lawyers” for 2012-2022, and “Top Women Attorneys” for 2012-2022.
She is also a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association.
Ms. Gallagher enjoys watching her three boys play high school and junior high sports in her free time. Ms. Gallagher holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
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