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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.  The various complex litigation matters handled by Mr. Galanek in the last several years have included consumer class actions and class arbitrations for electronic payment processers and financial institutions; disputes between payment processers, ISO’s, MSP’s and merchants; unfair competition and false advertising claims for medical device manufacturers; and, arbitrations for healthcare providers over proper reimbursement rates for surgical procedures.

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.

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.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Chambers USA, Georgia (Commercial Litigation - 2015-2016)
    • Georgia Super Lawyer, 2007-2016
    • Leadership North Fulton – Class of 2007
    • The Marist School – Booster Club Board, 2009-2014; Vice President of Communications – Current
    • Northside Youth Organization – Baseball Coach
    • Leadership North Fulton – Class of 2007
    • The Marist School – Booster Club Board, 2009-2014; Vice President of Communications – Current
    • Northside Youth Organization – Baseball Coach
    • Northside Youth Organization – Baseball Coach
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Professional Affiliations

    • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Sandy Springs Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Bleckley Inn of Court, Master
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Bleckley Inn of Court, Master
    • Bleckley Inn of Court, Master
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Publications

  • "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

Speaking Engagements

  • “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