Briggs' Michael Galvin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Minnesota State Bar Association

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June 24, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan, P.A. is pleased to announce that Michael J. Galvin, Jr. has received the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement award in a ceremony held earlier today. Lifetime Achievement Awards are uncommon and reserved for those  members of the State Bar who made extraordinary and impactful contributions to the Bar, the legal profession and the community throughout their career. Additionally, in recognition of Galvin’s tireless service to the city of St. Paul, its businesses and community organizations, St. Paul Mayor, Chris Coleman, issued a proclamation declaring June 23, 2016 as “Michael Galvin Day.”

Galvin joined Briggs in 1957, practicing primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, business litigation and municipal law. He is a qualified arbitrator and mediator under Rule 114. He has been a staunch advocate for the importance of the Minnesota State Bar Association in the professional development of attorneys. He encouraged young attorneys not only to join the Bar Association, but to play an active role. Galvin served as president of the Minnesota Bar Association from 1994-1995.

Galvin is valued as a trusted advisor by his clients and respected as a consummate professional by all. He served as outside legal counsel for the St. Paul Port Authority for many years – helping the Port Authority through many transitions that helped reshape St. Paul. He advised many businesses on labor relations, winning the respect of Union leaders and attorneys while serving his clients effectively.

Galvin has served as a leader in the community, as his many roles and award recognitions demonstrate. His leadership in the Saint Paul Chamber, the North Star Council of the Boy Scouts, the St. Patrick’s Day parade and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has helped strengthen community ties among several generations of leaders. He has served on and led numerous Boards, including St. Catherine’s University and the University of St. Thomas Law School. In 2000, Galvin was given the “Great Living St. Paulite” Award from the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce.

“Michael has been a mentor to generations of Briggs attorneys to whom he is a beloved partner, role model, colleague and friend,” stated Greg Stenmoe, Briggs’ Managing Partner. “He is the firm’s historian, an exceptional story teller, and never fails to impress with his clever Irish wit, wisdom and charm. This award could not have gone to a more deserving person.”

Galvin is a native of Winona, Minnesota where he attended Cotter High School and then later graduated from Cretin High School in St. Paul. He is a graduate of the College of St. Thomas and a 1957 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He is also a 1st Lieutenant veteran in the U.S. Air Force, who served overseas from 1952 through 1954.

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