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Fisher Phillips Attorneys Named to BTI’s Client Service All Stars


ATLANTA (March 22, 2019) – Fisher Phillips announces that two of the firm’s labor and employment attorneys have been chosen as legal “Client Service All-Stars” by the BTI Consulting Group.

Michael R. Galey, a partner in Philadelphia, and J. Hagood Tighe, a partner in Columbia, are included in the prestigious list.

According to the BTI report, the “All-Star” designation honors attorneys who “demonstrate an unrelenting pursuit to find what best fulfills clients’ needs. Legal decision makers say these attorneys have an unquenchable thirst to understand their clients better than all other attorneys.” BTI Consulting is a provider of strategic market research to law firms and professional services organizations and conducts the only continuous benchmarking market study from the client’s perspective in the legal services industry.

Honorees are nominated by corporate general counsel by name and without prompting, and no attorney or firm can self-nominate, self-refer or pay to be included. Michael was nominated by in-house counsel at a large healthcare company. Hagood was nominated by in-house counsel at a large financial services firm.

Michael concentrates his practice on defending employers against employment-related claims and advising clients on personnel management and statutory compliance issues. He is routinely involved in defending employers in matters in which former employees have alleged race, national origin, age, disability, gender, and other discrimination claims as well as claims against employers for sexual harassment, breach of employment contract, defamation, and wrongful termination.

His practice also involves counseling clients regarding compliance with a wide array of laws that impact the workplace. Michael also assists clients in crafting employment agreements and implementing employee handbooks and personnel policies and procedures.

Hagood practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, representing management in traditional labor matters and employment litigation. He is a member of the firm's class and collective action practice group. In recent years, Hagood has handled over 40 class and collective actions throughout the country, many of which involve wage and hour issues.  He also has extensive experience defending single plaintiff lawsuits alleging wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

While he maintains an active litigation practice, Hagood also focuses on providing practical and proactive advice designed to minimize the risk of litigation.  He enjoys working with companies to help them avoid problems before they arise.  This takes many forms including advising on handbooks, policies, employment agreements, investigations, layoffs and terminations.  He also provides training and is a regular speaker at industry and client conferences on how to avoid violating employment laws.

Fisher Phillips Chairman and Managing Partner Roger Quillen said: “Michael and Hagood continuously demonstrate how to deliver impeccable client service to the employers they serve. Delivering stellar client service is a hallmark of Fisher Phillips and we are honored when clients recognize such efforts on their behalf.”

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