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Michael Galas is a senior associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Mr. Galas is a member of the firm’s Transnational Litigation, White Collar Defense & Investigations, and Latin America practice groups. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and specializes in a diversified transnational legal practice, including cross-border litigation, international legal counseling, global investigations, and international arbitration.
Transnational Litigation & Counseling
Mr. Galas has significant experience defending against foreign judgments, litigating U.S. claims arising out of foreign countries and the complex choice of law issues that accompany such claims, prosecuting claims in international arbitration and assessing arbitration-related issues, and developing and executing effective global litigation strategies. He works extensively with foreign attorneys throughout the Americas and Europe, leveraging a developed understanding of civil law systems in cross-border litigation. He also coordinates with foreign legal experts around the globe to address complex high-profile transnational issues and to prepare and present their testimony before U.S. courts and international tribunals. Furthermore, Mr. Galas consults on global litigation media strategies, which are often an important component of high-stakes international litigation.
Prior representative matters include:
Global White Collar Defense & Investigations
Mr. Galas has assisted clients with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance in connection with transnational litigation, in addition to working directly on global FCPA investigations arising out of Brazil, Mexico, and elsewhere in Latin America. He has also defended a medical device manufacturer in response to a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into alleged product defects and related safety issues, promotion, and advertising.
In 2015, Public Counsel presented Mr. Galas with its Immigrants’ Rights Pro Bono Award for his work with a colleague to obtain asylum on behalf of a Guatemalan client. Previously, Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office conferred him with its 2014 Pro Bono and Community Service Award for litigating a real estate case from complaint to settlement, successfully rescinding a forged deed on behalf of an elderly indigent client. Mr. Galas has also worked on several other pro bono cases, including a Ninth Circuit prisoners’ rights appeal and several asylum cases for clients from West Africa and Central America.
Mr. Galas is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section on International Law; he previously served as a Vice Chair and is now a member of the Steering Committee for the Section’s Latin America & Caribbean Committee. He is also involved in the local law school community; he has guest-lectured on transnational legal developments at UCLA School of Law and USC Gould School of Law. He participates in the Firm’s nationwide recruiting efforts as a member of Gibson Dunn’s Hiring Committee.
Education & Admissions
Mr. Galas earned his law degree in 2009 from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as a comments editor for the UCLA Law Review, President of the International Law Society, and a legal writing advisor. In 2004, Mr. Galas graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with honors in the major of Science, Technology and International Affairs, with a concentration in International Security.
Mr. Galas is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
University of California - Los Angeles - 2009 Juris Doctor
Georgetown University - 2004 B.S. in Foreign Service