Michael Galligan, Attorney
Mr. Galligan founded his law practice in 1971 following graduation from the University of Tennessee School of Law, and he established the firm of Galligan & Newman in 1982. His successful law practice includes the following areas: personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights and employment, contested estate cases, complex criminal cases, and workers’ compensation. During his more than 40 years as an attorney, Mr. Galligan has represented many high-profile clients, including cases televised on Court TV and reported in national newspapers and magazines. Mr. Galligan has also settled and tried many plaintiffs’ cases involving large monetary awards.
Mr. Galligan is a member of the McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations and the Tennessee Association for Justice, serving as a past member of the Board of Governors. He has been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Tennessee Judicial Council. Mr. Galligan is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee, and the Tennessee Supreme Court and all state courts in Tennessee. He was an adjunct professor and lecturer at the University of Tennessee School of Law for 10 years and is frequently invited to speak at industry events. He is past President of “Main Street McMinnville,” past Chairman of the City of McMinnville Board of Zoning Appeals and past Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of River Park Hospital. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1941, Mr. Galligan served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1968, rising to the rank of Captain. Outside his time at the firm, Mr. Galligan’s interests include painting, athletics, cooking, reading and traveling.
Robert Newman, Attorney
Mr. Newman joined Mr. Galligan in 1982 to establish the firm of Galligan & Newman. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Newman specializes in the areas of general litigation, including domestic cases such as divorce, child custody and adoptions; criminal law; and social security. He also represents area utilities. He is former President of the Warren County Bar Association and a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. Other memberships include the Tennessee Association for Justice and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. After he graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, Mr. Newman was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1982, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in 1985 and U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in 1991. Born in McMinnville, Tennessee, in 1951, Mr. Newman is married to Marsha Newman, who is principal of West Elementary School in McMinnville. They have four sons. Mr. Newman also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Security Federal Bank and as past President of the Breakfast Rotary Club.
Trevor Galligan, Attorney
Mr. Galligan joined Galligan & Newman in 2011 and practices in the areas of personal injury, employment and civil rights, criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and corporate representation. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts of the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee. Mr. Galligan formerly served as the Legislative Director and Legal Counsel for U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis in Washington, D.C. Among his many duties, he was responsible for drafting and briefing Rep. Davis on all legislation before the House of Representatives. Mr. Galligan attended Rhodes College in Memphis and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in International Studies. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. While in law school, he clerked for several judges at the Shelby County Criminal Court. Mr. Galligan was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 2009, and is the Treasurer of Warren County Bar Association and a member of the Tennessee Association for Justice. Mr. Galligan also serves as a Trustee of the Magness Library and member of the McMinnville Greenway Advisory Board.
He and his wife, Meredith, have two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities, playing sports, music, reading and cooking.
Bailey D. Barnes, Attorney
Mr. Barnes joined Galligan & Newman in 2021 and practices in the areas of personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice employment discrimination, civil rights, and complex civil litigation. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Barnes attended The University of Tennessee College of Law where he served as Managing Editor of the Tennessee Law Review and graduated second in his class. Following his graduation, the faculty of The University of Tennessee College of Law elected Mr. Barnes to the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, Mr. Barnes earned a master’s degree in United States History from Middle Tennessee State University where he studied United States foreign policy in the Middle East during the presidency of John F. Kennedy. Mr. Barnes is also a proud graduate of Tennessee Tech University and Motlow State Community College. Mr. Barnes is a published legal and historical scholar with publications in journals including the Tennessee Bar Journal, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Creighton Law Review, Dartmouth Law Journal, Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy, Boston University Public Interest Law Journal, Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice, Journal of East Tennessee History, and University of New Hampshire Law Review.
Mr. Barnes is a lifelong resident of Warren County. His father owns and operates a local nursery, and his mother is a teacher at West Elementary in McMinnville. Mr. Barnes lives in Rock Island with his wife, Larissa, and their energetic Australian Shepherd, Benji. Mr. Barnes enjoys spending time with his family, rooting for the Boston Celtics, Tennessee Volunteers, and Tennessee Titans, reading, writing, and traveling.