Joseph G. Galardi

Joseph G. Galardi

Phone: (561) 835-0900
Fax: (561) 835-0939

Joe Galardi has handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters for plaintiffs and defendants in state court, federal court and in arbitrations Joe has significant experience in a broad range of disputes, including breach of contract, financial and banking related litigation, trade secret claims, partnership disputes and dissolutions, professional malpractice, and the prosecution of securities class actions. Joe’s cases frequently involve complex “e-discovery” issues, and he has extensive experience litigating these issues in court. Joe has successfully tried both jury and bench trials, and he has represented clients on appeal. Joe is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to lawyers by their peers for legal ability and professional ethical standards. He has been ranked among the “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine and he has been selected to Florida Super Lawyers for multiple years as a top-rated business litigator.  Joe has been a shareholder of the firm since 2005.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a reinsurance broker in defense of a federal lawsuit filed by one of the largest insurance companies for approximately $8 million in damages for alleged negligence and breach of fiduciary duty for failure to procure reinsurance.
  • Representation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the professional liability investigations of seven failed community banks located in Panama City, Tampa, Orlando, and South Florida, and in resulting federal lawsuits filed against former bank directors and officers.
  • Representation of the American affiliate of one of the world’s largest financial institutions in defense of claims brought by a senior investment advisor arising out of termination of his employment.
  • Representation of a hospital in defense of executive employee non-compete and trade-secret claims brought by an affiliate of one of the largest hospital management companies in the United States.
  • As co-lead counsel, representation of Madoff Ponzi scheme victims in a federal securities class action filed against the recipients of over $7 billion in Ponzi scheme proceeds for their participation in the fraud.
  • As co-lead counsel, representation of victims of the $7 billion Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme in a federal securities class action against largest global clearing firm.
  • Jury verdict on liability for an orthopedic surgeon in claims against his partners and the world’s largest medical technology company for misappropriated royalties in connection with the development of a spinal implant system resulting in an approximate $30 million recovery for the plaintiff’s company.
  • Jury verdict for an entrepreneur against one of the largest suppliers of construction materials in the United States and Canada in a case involving theft of trade secrets and other business torts.
  • Representation of a multi-national law firm in defense of professional malpractice claims arising out of a complex HMO acquisition and arising out of an airport related real estate transaction.

Honors & Awards

  • “AV” Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-HubbellTM (highest rating for ethical standards and professional excellence)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Top Rated in Business Litigation (multiple years)
  • “Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide (2015)
  • Firm ranked as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers every year since the inception of the rankings in 2010
  • Firm recognized as a “Top Law Firm” by South Florida Legal Guide since 2004
  • Named one of the Florida “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine for 2012
  • “Top Up and Comer” attorney in the South Florida Legal Guide (2012), recognizing the outstanding young attorneys in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties
  • Selected a “Florida Rising Star” in Florida Super Lawyers Law & Politics magazine recognizing not more than 2.5% of the young attorneys practicing in Florida (2009-2011)


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1999
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1994

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida Bar, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • The Florida Bar, Litigation and Trial Lawyers sections
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member (1999 – present), Chair of Circuit Civil Practice Committee (2014-2015), Chair of Continuing Legal Education Committee (2013), Member of Professionalism Committee (2011), Member of Judicial Relations Committee (various years)
  • The Florida Bar, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, E-discovery certification subcommittee member (2011)
  • Everglades Preparatory Academy Charter High School, Pahokee, Florida: Board Member (2015-present)
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County: Board Member (2011- present)
  • West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Youth Programs: Volunteer Soccer Coach