Chris Galanek is a trial lawyer. He handles complex commercial litigation matters and arbitrations involving business disputes, unfair competition and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Mr. Galanek has extensive experience handling matters involving temporary restraining orders and requests for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief. He also has significant experience defending class actions and class arbitrations.
Mr. Galanek is familiar with, and has participated in, various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration both as an advocate and as a neutral.
A significant portion of Mr. Galanek’s practice is litigating the enforceability of noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants, litigating claims arising out of employment relationships, including discrimination claims and executive compensation issues, and litigating trade secret disputes for high growth companies, financial institutions and Fortune 500 Corporations. Mr. Galanek frequently advises clients on the protection of their trade secrets, the scope of proper post-employment restrictions and the competitive recruitment of employees.
Bar and Court Admissions
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Courts for the District of Colorado and the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia
United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina
United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Arkansas
Supreme Court of Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
Superior Court of North Carolina
University of Georgia, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1991
University of Georgia, B.B.A., 1986
"A Re-Evaluation of Arbitration in Light of Class Actions and Appeal Rights: Is it Still Worth It?" Georgia Bar Journal, vol. II, no. I, co-authored with Jennifer Dempsey, 2005
"Recent Developments Regarding the American Arbitration Association's Interpretation of its Class Action Rules," PoGo Alert, 2004
"The Impact of the Zolin Decision on the Crime-Fraud Exception to the Attorney Client Privilege," 24 Ga. L. Rev. 1115, 1990
Speeches and Seminars
“Trade Secret and Competitive Restriction Update,” 23rd Annual National Intellectual Property
Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, 2011
"Reactive Covenants in Georgia; Be Afraid, Very Afraid," The Kettering Group Quarterly Meeting, 2007
"The Nuts and Bolts of Post Employment Competition Restrictions in Georgia," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2007
"Building and Protecting Your Workforce," RCB Eagles Discussion Panel, 2007
Sandy Springs Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Bleckley Inn of Court, Master
Civic Involvement and Honors
Georgia Super Lawyer, 2007-2013
Leadership North Fulton – Class of 2007
The Marist School – Booster Club Board, 2009-2011; Vice President of Communications – Current
Northside Youth Organization – Baseball Board and Coach