Welcome to the Executive Services Practice of Gallo & Associates, a premier law firm
specializing in Executive Contract Negotiation, Rights Enforcement, and Litigation.
Our clients understand their value; they seek to realize and protect it in a dynamic and changing
marketplace. They focus on maximizing opportunity and minimizing risk in their businesses—
and in their careers. They depend on the experience and expertise of Gallo & Associates to reach
If you are a senior executive who could benefit from our expertise, please contact us at your
convenience by phone (310.338.1114) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). All
inquiries are strictly confidential.
Our firm has received the highest rating (“AV”) by Martindale-Hubbel for our legal abilities and
EXECUTIVE CONTRACT NEGOTIATION
There is no substitute for expert legal representation when negotiating your
An otherwise good deal can be worthless unless well written.
Contract Specialists can negotiate more favorable deals for their clients,
avoiding costly mistakes and maximizing your security.
Wise negotiators know better than to negotiate for themselves when they
don’t have to, and instead use a go-between. Much of the work can be
accomplished under your direction, but without your direct involvement.
The best negotiators generate win-win agreements, avoiding unnecessary
tension between the company and the executive.
RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT LITIGATION
If you have been terminated, or if your employer is not abiding by the terms of your
current employment agreement, we can help preserve your rights and protect your future.
Employment conflicts arise for many reasons. Sometimes they are the inevitable result
of business realities; perhaps you’ve outgrown the mid-sized company you were working
for, or are too expensive for them. Perhaps there are politics or external pressures in play.
They can arise for illegal reasons as well. Perhaps your employer feels you’re too old
or has penalized you for blowing the whistle about your public company’s balance sheet.
In the first case, you’re still entitled to your contract benefits. In the second, various laws
may entitle you to more.
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We specialize in employment-related litigation and the negotiated resolution of employment
disputes. We know the strategies, tactics, and intricacies of the law that help employees
enforce their rights — both under their contracts and under applicable anti-discrimination laws.
EXECUTIVE OPTION PLANS
Executive Option Plans are often critical and attractive components of a senior executive’s
compensation package. But they can also raise highly technical legal issues.
Our experienced team understands the intricacies of Option Plans, and can help tailor your
option agreement to your needs. Most importantly, we can provide the expertise you need
to ensure you’re getting the value you think you are getting.
No business may discriminate against the more able employee on the basis of:
race sex religion Nationality
age sexual orientation ethnicity
We believe in these principles, and are proud to bring meritorious lawsuits against employers
who have violated the laws against discrimination. Whether the goal is reinstatement or
compensation and damages, we have a record of obtaining favorable results for our clients.
WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE
More and more executives are investigated and/or prosecuted for white collar crimes. These
investigations are usually thorough, meticulous, and expansive, involving far more targeted
executives than actually will be prosecuted.
Early decisions about what to say or do can make all the difference in your future. If you, your
company, or other senior level executives are being prosecuted, investigated or interviewed
by authorities, you should retain legal counsel at the onset.
Gallo & Associates offers criminal defense expertise to executives at all stages of any
proceeding. And our record of results is superb.
CORPORATE FINANCE / MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
The attorneys of Gallo & Associates have over $2 billion worth of experience in buying,
selling, and financing businesses.
Our Executive Services Practice can provide invaluable assistance if you seek to:
Understand your corporate situation
Buy the company, or
Start your own business
Even the best executives sometimes work with failing companies.
In those cases, you may be one of the company’s significant creditors.
With extensive experience in commercial collections, Gallo & Associates can help you collect
what you’ve rightfully earned, even when other creditors may go unpaid.
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One of the most common forms of fraud is employment-related, and often goes unprosecuted.
How many times have you, or others you know, been lied to about a new job, only to discover
the truth after you relocated or turned down other offers?
Employment fraud is illegal and actionable in a civil lawsuit. Punitive damages or penalties
may be recoverable.
The Executive Services Law Team of Gallo & Associates works hand in hand with CEOs,
COOs, CFOs, Presidents, Board Members, and other senior managers in a diverse range
of industries nationwide.
As a small, elite firm, we provide the personal service and expert counsel our clients
require to achieve their individual goals.
If you are a senior executive who could benefit from our expertise and would like
more information, please contact G&A Managing Partner Ray Gallo directly at
All inquiries are confidential and subject to the Attorney-Client Privilege.
Gallo & Associates treats all client information with strict confidentiality. The quotations below
were provided in response to requests from the firm and are used with the express consent of
the quoted individuals.
“I call Gallo & Associates first with all my legal questions.”
—Keith E. Ferrazzi, CEO, YaYa Media, Inc. (formerly Chief Marketing Officer of both Starwood
Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Deloitte & Touche Management Consulting)
“Every time I've sent a problem to Gallo & Associates, they have resolved it expeditiously,
inexpensively, and quite favorably.”
—Tad Smith, President, Media Division, Cahners Business Information
“I would recommend G&A to any executive. They did a terrific job of enforcing my old
employment contract and were very helpful in negotiating my new one.”
—Bret Hadley, President, World-Wide Operations & Consumer Products, Equity Marketing, Inc.
“I knew I had a good lawyer when I hired Ray. But halfway through the trial, the Judge leaned
down from the bench and said to me: ‘You've got a great lawyer.’”
—Timothy Boyd-Smith, Business Development, Matchpower.com
"Gallo & Associates did a terrific job of negotiating and preparing our initial funding agreement
on the very best terms available."
—Michael Jones, President, InterSatCom
"Gallo & Associates' persistence and toughness in pursuing my litigation goals, at a very
reasonable cost to me, was remarkable. Ray Gallo's cross examination skills were noteworthy
even to a litigation veteran like me."
—Peter Cavanagh, President, Plantica Environmental Corporation
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“. . . Very good results for our company at a reasonable cost.”
— Max Sun, CEO, Celestial Based Communications
"Over the past seven years, Gallo & Associates has advised the company on a broad range
of legal and business issues . . . . I have always found them to be diligent, innovative, aggressive,
and business-like in protecting our interests."
— Jeffrey C. Bachmann, CEO, Compex
“Ray Gallo represents me personally in all my business matters. Over the years, he has always
met or exceeded my expectations.”
— James P. Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, YaYa Media, Inc.
ABOUT THE FIRM
A Commitment to Excellence.
It’s not just a phrase. It’s a way of living. And it’s a philosophy we have in common with
our clients—executives with high standards and considerable achievements.
At Gallo & Associates, we are driven to provide excellence in everything we do. Our
attorneys have been selected not just for their credentials, record, and expertise, but also
for their personal commitment to be the best in the business.
There is no substitute for pride and dedication. They are the hallmarks of achievers in
every field of endeavor. And they are the shared principles that foster long and rewarding
relationships with our clients.
Gallo & Associates has received Martindale- Hubbell's "AV" rating.
Martindale-Hubbell's "AV" rating reflects "very high to preeminent" legal
abilities and "very high" ethical standards.
G&A Managing Partner Ray E. Gallo has been listed by Martindale-Hubbell
in its "Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers."
Martindale-Hubbell is a distinguished source of information about attorneys.
Martindale-Hubbell derives its ratings from a survey of peer and judicial input.
The "CV," "BV" and "AV" ratings are registered certification marks of Reed
Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell
certification procedures, standards and policies.
For more information about Martindale-Hubbell's ratings, visit
ABOUT THE FIRM
GALLO & ASSOCIATES
RAY E. GALLO
Managing Partner and Founder
BA: Yale University
JD: UCLA School of Law
Ray Gallo understands the specific, complex needs of senior executives. Since 1994, his mission
has been building a firm that delivers extraordinary service and trusted relationships in addition
to expert counsel. Today, Gallo & Associates is proud to offer a group of exceptional attorneys
who are as focused on their clients’ needs as they are on the practice of law.
Ray focuses on contracts—their negotiation, drafting, and enforcement. His rare combination of
trial expertise and a highly effective win-win negotiation style have enabled him to achieve
uncommonly good results, both in crafting deals that work and in salvaging situations gone bad.
He represents both executives and the businesses they manage.
Previously, Ray served with distinction at the law firms of Baker & McKenzie and Crosby Heafey
Roach & May. He also served in-house as General Counsel to Compex Services, Inc., where, in
addition, he acted as General Manager of a new business division.
Before his legal career, Ray achieved national distinction in sales and negotiation.
Ray is a board member of the board of governors of United Cerebral Palsy and is listed in
Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
ANTON D. JENSEN
BA: Harvard College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
JD: Harvard Law School (cum laude)
Tony Jensen gets to the heart of complex legal problems and steers a clear path toward their
resolution. Before joining Gallo & Associates, Mr. Jensen was associated with the respected law
firms of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen in New York City and Irell & Manella, LLP in
Newport Beach, CA. His practice emphasizes contracts and rights enforcement litigation.
Tony has experience handling a wide range of complex business disputes in state and federal
courts. He has litigated commercial disputes spanning the corporate, real estate, employment,
securities, and administrative arenas. He also has experience with complex product liability
cases, including class actions. Tony is admitted to the Bar in both California and New York.
Tony has served as an instructor in rhetoric and argumentation in the writing program at the
University of California at Irvine. He is an Associate of the firm.
THEODORE G. JOHNSEN
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BA: University of California at Los Angeles
JD: UCLA School of Law (Order of the Coif)
Ted Johnsen is a master of corporate and securities law with billions of dollars in transactions to
his credit. He served as a partner of both Perkins Coie and Arnold & Porter before becoming of
counsel to Gallo & Associates.
Ted originally was an Associate of O’Melveny & Meyers, where he received his training. He also
co-founded the well-respected Los Angeles law firm of Johnsen, Manfredi & Thorpe in 1974,
which subsequently became the Los Angeles office of Perkins Coie. Ted’s practice is exclusively
transactional. It includes employment and option agreements, start-ups, fundraising, mergers,
and acquisitions. He is known as an exceptional negotiator.
Mr. Johnsen received his bachelors and law degrees from the University of California at Los
Angeles, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was on the Board of Editors of the UCLA
Law Review. He has taught law as an Instructor of Law at the University of Michigan Law
School and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Southern California.
BA: University of Toronto
JD: Boalt Hall School of Law (U.C. Berkeley) (Order of the Coif)
Shakti Murthy is a truly exceptional appellate lawyer and legal writer.
At Boalt Hall School of Law, Shakti ranked in the top 5% of her class, received American
Jurisprudence awards for evidence and constitutional law, and won the "Best Brief" award
for moot court.
After law school, she clerked for California Supreme Court Chief Justice Stanley Mosk before
entering private practice. Ms. Murthy was trained in civil litigation at the respected San
Francisco-based law firm of Morrison & Foerster.
Shakti now serves the community as a member of the appellate defense panel for the U.S.
District Court for the Central District of California. Her practice focuses on appeals and writs,
as well as other projects where truly superior writing is required.
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