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Jodyann Galvin

Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Leader
Related Info
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits

B.A., cum laude, Hamilton College

J.D., magna cum laude, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Jody’s practice is focused on complex business disputes. Her experience includes the representation of issuers in derivative litigation, mergers and acquisition litigation, and corporate governance disputes. Jody has assisted clients with responding to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations and has represented broker-dealers and brokers in court disputes and arbitration proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She also represents businesses in complex contract disputes and accounting malpractice matters.

In addition to financial litigation, Jody handles intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark litigation and the misappropriation of trade secrets, ideas, and concepts. She has tried a variety of intellectual property matters in state and federal court. Jody has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent and trade secret matters in diverse areas, including medical devices, electronics, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology, life science, children's products, and sporting equipment. She also regularly consults with clients regarding protection of intellectual property through non-disclosure agreements and restrictive covenants.

Jody is an adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School, where she teaches a course on New York civil practice.


  • Western District of New York Federal Court Special Service Award, 2015
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2014 and 2015
  • Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Award for Federal Court, 2014
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2016
  • Former publications editor, Buffalo Law Review
  • Adolf Homburger Award for excellence in civil procedure
  • Business First Legal Elite, 2016



Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

Jody is the chair of Hodgson Russ's Committee on Attorney Recruiting, Development & Diversity. She also serves on the board of directors of Buffalo Prep. Jody is the attorney volunteer coordinator for the Western District of New York’s Pro Se Assistance Program and the mentor coordinator for SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program.