Brian P. Galligan

Brian P. Galligan

Galligan Law, P.C.

Recognized since 2022

Des Moines, Iowa

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

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Brian is a trial lawyer born and raised in Iowa. Brian has dedicated his life to fighting for and giving voice to victims of medical malpractice, car crashes, defective products and other types of negligence or carelessness. Over the course of his career, Brian has recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients through settlement and verdicts at trial.

After obtaining his B.A. at Colorado College, a top tier liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Brian returned home to Iowa to earn his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He graduated with High Distinction and was honored with membership in the Order of the Coif, a designation reserved for individuals who graduate in the top ten percent of their law school class.

Brian is the proud son of a trial lawyer. Growing up, around the dinner table and in countless other moments spent with his father, he listened to his father recount the cases he was working on and the stories of the people he fought for. At an early age, Brian learned what it means to be a trial lawyer and to devote one’s life to representing people whose lives had been torn apart by injury or death caused by negligence and carelessness of others. He was inspired by his father’s passion for justice, his perseverance in the face of challenge, and his commitment and determination to fight for his clients and to give voice to their cause no matter how big or powerful the opposition. His father was a true champion for his clients and for the cause of justice.

After law school, Brian joined his father’s law practice in Des Moines, Iowa, determined to learn the craft and art of being a trial lawyer from his hero. Brian practiced alongside his father for 6 years, until his father was unexpectedly forced to retire in 2006 after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Brian has carried on the fight, obtaining notable verdicts for clients, including: a $1.6 million verdict in 2007 against DHL Express, Inc. for a client who sustained a broken hip as the result of a collision caused by a negligent DHL delivery driver; a $5.5 million verdict after a 2012 medical malpractice trial representing a young girl who forever lost the normal use of her arm as a result of her mishandled birth, and; a $7 million verdict in 2016 against Farm Bureau Insurance Company for a mom and dad who lost their 19 year old son in a tragic car crash in rural Iowa. In addition to these and other trial successes, Brian has also secured hundreds of substantial settlements for clients, totaling in the tens of millions of dollars. In 2012, Brian was recognized by the American Association for Justice with the F. Scott Baldwin Award for Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer.

Brian has been active in both the local and national trial lawyer associations, the Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is a past-president of IAJ and a member of the AAJ Board of Governors. He has also been recognized as a fellow in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has lectured and taught nationally on topics ranging from cutting edge legal topics to effective trial techniques. In 2021, Brian was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to Iowa Rules of Evidence Substantive Review Task Force.

Both inside and outside the courtroom Brian is highly regarded by colleagues, defense lawyers and judges alike for his sharp intellect, ethics, skill and passion as an advocate for his clients. He has consistently received an AV Preeminent peer rating, the highest level of professional excellence from Martindale Hubble. Brian is the proud father of three wonderful children.

He enjoys his time away from being a trial lawyer at home in Clive, Iowa, recharging and delighting in the joy they bring to his life.

Contact & Links
  • 300 Walnut Street, Suite Five
    Des Moines, IA 50309-2239
  • The University of Iowa, J.D. (w/ High Distinction, Order of the Coif), graduated 2000
  • Colorado College, B.A., graduated 1997
Bar Admissions
  • Iowa, 2000
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Member
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Iowa Association for Justice - Member/Board of Governors/Past President
  • Iowa State Bar Association - Member
  • American Association for Justice - Member/Board of Governors/Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Professional Negligence Section, Medical Negligence Information Group
Court Admissions
  • Iowa Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • United States Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Key Person Award

    Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member

    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member

    AV Rating (Highest Possible Rating) - Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating

    Wiedemann & Wysocki Award - American Association for Justice

    F. Scott Baldwin Award for Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer- American Association for Justice

    Meritorious Achievement Award - Iowa Association for Justice

Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Classes & Seminars Taught

Engineering and the Law: Product Liability, Iowa State University - Department of Engineering, 11/07/2006

Personal Injury Basics, Iowa State Bar Association, 03/12/2008

Changes Facing Trial Court Judges in the Coming Decade, 2008 Iowa Judicial Conference, 06/19/2008

Vicarious Liability Through Agency Relationships, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association - Auto/PI Seminar, 08/01/2008

Case Settlement Considerations, Iowa Association for Justice, 03/31/2009

Standards for Expert Testimony In Iowa, Iowa Association for Justice - 2009 Annual Convention, 11/05/2009

Stumbling Blocks to Case Settlement, Iowa Association for Justice - 2009 Annual Convention, 11/05/2009

Trying Your Personal Injury Case in Federal Court, Iowa Association for Justice - 2010 Personal Injury Seminar, 04/23/2010

The New Restatement's Top 10 Tort Tools: The Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm, American Association for Justice 2010 Annual Convention - Vancouver, B.C., 07/11/2010

Standards for Expert Testimony - Pretrial Strategies, American Association for Justice 2010 Annual Convention - Vancouver, B.C., 07/11/2010

The Things You Shouldn't Forget to Do Before Trial, American Association For Justice - Litigating Auto Collision Cases Seminar - New Orleans, LA, 04/29/2011

The Things You Shouldn't Forget to Do Before Trial, Iowa Association For Justice - 2011 Personal Injury Seminar - Des Moines, Iowa, 08/27/2011

The Restatement (Third) Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm: What You Need to Know, Mass Torts Made Perfect/Torts Made Perfect - Las Vegas, Nevada, 10/14/2011

Discovery and Admission of Medical and Mental Health Records, Story County Bench/Bar Seminar - Ames, Iowa, 01/27/2012

How to Find a Courageous Jury, Iowa Association for Justice - 2012 Annual Convention, 11/08/2012

Voir Dire - Choosing the Right Jury, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers - Annual Seminar - Des Moines, Iowa, 02/21/2013

The Restatement (Third) Torts and Iowa Tort Law, Iowa Judges Association Annual Conference - Des Moines, Iowa, 06/19/2014

The Med Mal Climate, Patient Safety & Iowa's New "Candor" Law, Iowa Association for Justice - 2015 Annual Convention, 11/05/2015

Adult Child Consortium Claims in Wrongful Death Cases, Iowa Association for Justice - 2016 Annual Convention, 11/10/2016

Handling the Challenges of Implicit Bias/Rehabilitating Witnesses, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 02/23/2017

Trial by Human with Nick Rowley, Drake Law School AAJ, 11/11/2017

The Current State of Medical Malpractice In Iowa, Iowa State Bar Association – Webinar, 05/01/2018 Trial Practice – Nevada Justice Association Annual Convention – San Diego, CA, 10/05/2018

Jury Verdict Panel, Iowa State Bar Association - Annual Meeting - Des Moines, Iowa, 06/20/2018

The Current State of Medical Malpractice In Iowa, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers - Annual Seminar - Des Moines, Iowa, 02/21/2019

Ethical Constraints in Closing Arguments - Panel, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 02/27/2020

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