Michael J. Gallagher

Michael J. Gallagher


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Michael Gallagher is a highly skilled and versatile corporate and transactional attorney who partners with clients to help them meet both short- and long-term business and operating objectives. Mike brings to his legal practice more than two decades’ experience executing a wide variety of corporate transactions, including drafting and negotiating complex contracts, handling asset purchases and sales, and implementing license and franchise agreements, among others.

Before returning to private practice, Mike spent nearly 20 years as assistant general counsel at a multibillion-dollar global food service and hospitality company, where he most recently held sole responsibility for the transactional work relating to its $800 million concessions and sports service subsidiary. There, he negotiated concession agreements — allowing for the sale of national, regional, and local food and beverage products — with the New York Giants, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Orioles, and other major and minor league sports teams.

Mike also oversaw all transactional work for the company’s $300 million parks and resorts subsidiary, which provides food, beverage, and retail services at parks, hotels, and resorts across the country. His work for clients such as the National Park Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, state park agencies, and private owners of resorts and other vacation properties included asset purchase agreements, property and vessel management agreements, and concession agreements. Mike also drafted and negotiated a wide variety of contracts with architects, general contractors, construction managers, and exhibit designers for $200 million of construction projects. 

Mike’s wide-ranging experience also includes handling stock purchases and drafting shareholder agreements, negotiating mergers, obtaining bank and private financing for large development projects, and drafting corporate and organization documents and employment contracts.  

Professional Affiliations
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Western New York Venture Association 
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1984
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., 1981