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.


Ben Newman, Attorney

Mr. Newman joined Galligan & Newman in 2009, concentrating in the areas of workers’ compensation, criminal defense, commercial litigation, contract law, utility representation, and criminal appellate work. Mr. Newman holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a J.D. from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 2009. He is a member of the Warren County and Tennessee bar associations. He has attended the TAM Tennessee Workers’ Comp conference in Franklin, Tennessee, NITA Deposition Skills Training in Boston, Massachusetts, MTAS Elected Officials Academy, Tennessee Association of Utility Districts convention and other various legal and civic education training. Mr. Newman was elected to the City of McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2012 and was appointed Vice Mayor of McMinnville. Mr. Newman serves as the Chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and is a member of the Finance, Parks and Recreation, Alcoholic Beverage, and Historic Zoning Commission Committees. He was the 2014 chairman of the Smokin’ In McMinnville BBQ Cookoff Committee where he and Mr. Trevor Galligan compete annually. Mr. Newman is also a member of the Noon Rotary Club.

When not practicing law, he is an avid outdoorsman, participating in activities such as hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, ATV off-roading, and skiing. Mr. Newman is one of few who have hiked the entire 2,178 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Raised in McMinnville, Mr. Newman grew up working on the family farm and continues in that tradition. Mr. Newman is married to the beautiful and talented Ashley Newman and is happy to call McMinnville home.


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.