Patrick W. Gallagher is a seasoned and dedicated fighter for civil rights, rights at the workplace, and rights at school. Before joining Mizrahi Kroub, Patrick served for two years as Assistant General Counsel at American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, District Council 37, where he advocated for workers in many private arbitrations and proceedings before administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining. As a student at Brooklyn Law School, he earned the Outstanding Clinic Team Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association for his work supervising teams of law student advocates for unemployment insurance claimants in Professor Minna Kotkin’s Pandemic Employment Relief Clinic. He also served as President of the Brooklyn Law School chapter of Unemployment Action Center, where he represented many unemployed people seeking relief and coached volunteer law student advocates through the unemployment insurance litigation process. The faculty of Brooklyn Law School also selected Patrick to receive the Donald D. Greenstein Award for Excellence in Employee Pension or Labor Law. During law school, Patrick was a Peggy Browning Fellow at Levy Ratner P.C. and also clerked at Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP and Working Solutions.
Before becoming a lawyer, Patrick earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University and a Master of Arts in Germanic Languages from Columbia University. Patrick taught extensively at both institutions and became involved in the United Auto Workers campaign to secure collective bargaining rights for graduate student employees at private universities. After graduation, Patrick joined the staff of United Auto Workers Local 2110, where he helped bargain the collective bargaining agreement for NYU graduate employees and then worked for three years enforcing the CBA through the grievance and arbitration process.