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Jodyann Galvin

Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Leader
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  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Hamilton College, B.A., Cum Laude

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude

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 qualified institutional buyers, 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. Jody's practice includes deep experience in defense of class actions for public and private companies.

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, life science, children's products, and sporting equipment.

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


  • Community Leader Honoree, The National Federation for Just Communities of WNY, Inc., 2019
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University at Buffalo School of Law, Students of Color, 2017
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, (Business Litigation) 2011 - 2020
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2014 - 2016, 2018
  • Leadership Award, Minority Bar Association of Western New York, 2018

  • Women Who Move the City Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara & The Southern Tier, 2018

  • Western District of New York Federal Court Special Service Award, 2015
  • Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Award for Federal Court, 2014
  • Former publications editor, Buffalo Law Review
  • Adolf Homburger Award for excellence in civil procedure


Presentations & Events

Professional Associations

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

Community & Pro Bono

Jody serves on the Board of Directors for Buffalo Prep, is the volunteer coordinator and volunteer for the Western District of New York Pro Se Assistance Program, is a classroom volunteer at the St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, Our Lady of Hope School, and is a mentor and mentor recruiter for DiscoverLaw, University at Buffalo School of Law.