Gary O. Galiher

Gary O. Galiher

The Gary O. Galiher Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable trust established to support social issues important to its founder, Attorney Gary O. Galiher.  Prior to attending law school at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, Attorney Galiher taught special education for four years at the Haleiwa Elementary School.  It was here as a special education teacher that he saw first-hand the ramifications of severe brain injuries and learning problems. When he later learned about the devastating brain injuries suffered by those who had engaged in impact sports, Attorney Galiher felt the same empathy for them.  He wanted to do something to make a difference.  He has tried to do so by bringing a greater awareness and understanding of this problem to the people of Hawai’i.

Through his Foundation’s support of this Conference, Attorney Galiher is helping to bring together leading researchers and neurologists to share the latest research related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and to discuss strategies for making sports safer.  His goal is to help to educate the Hawaiian community about the serious brain injuries caused by concussive and sub-concussive impacts incurred during sports and about ways to make sports safer. Attorney Galiher sees this as a way to reduce the number of brain injuries in Hawaii.

Attorney Galiher is the founding and senior partner at Galiher DeRobertis Waxman. Since beginning his practice in 1977, he has been a strong advocate for injured clients driven by his compassion for their situation and wanting to make a meaningful difference.  He has successfully tried or settled hundreds of cases. He is well known for his work representing those injured by exposure to asbestos and tried the first mesothelioma case in 1982 making landmark case law before the Hawai’i  Supreme Court.  Attorney Galiher was also appointed as a Special Attorney General to represent the interests of the State of Hawai’i in the complex and innovative Tobacco Litigation which resulted in the State receiving a $1.38 billion settlement