Michael A. Galpern, Partner

Background and Experience

Michael A. Galpern has tried many bench and jury trials.  In addition to drafting numerous briefs before the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the New Jersey Appellate Division, Mr. Galpern briefed and argued Kiss vs. Jacob, 138 NJ 278 (1994), a landmark ruling of the New Jersey Supreme Court establishing allocation of damages in multi-defendant cases. On behalf of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, Mr. Galpern wrote the Amicus brief in Laidlow v Harington Machinery Company, 170 N.J. 602 (2002), another landmark ruling which allows workers who are injured as a result of their employers' deliberate acts to seek legal action against those employers.

Prior to becoming a member of the Locks Law Firm, Mr. Galpern served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, U.S. District Court, Camden, New Jersey, from 1988 to 1989; he also presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Rutgers School of Law, where he has taught since 1998.

Mr. Galpern has been an invited lecturer on numerous occasions, speaking on subjects related to civil litigation and complex torts. He has lectured on a variety of topics, including how to handle medical malpractice cases, how to sue HMOs for medical malpractice, and how to conduct direct and cross-examination of witnesses.

Blog Posts

Practice Areas

Product Liability

Toxic Torts

Class Actions

Employment Discrimination

Medical Malpractice

Admitted to Practice

New Jersey


Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers University, 1985
Juris Doctor, Rutgers Law School, 1988

Professional Affiliations

Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Key Person Committee
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Camden County Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association

Board Affiliations and Appointments

Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, Board of Governors

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