Paul B. Galvani

Retired Partner



  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1964
  • BA, magna cum laude, Williams College, 1960; Phi Beta Kappa


  • New York, 1965
  • Massachusetts, 1964

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • French
  • American Law Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Ropes & Gray's Management Committee
  • Special Committee on Legal Education of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Lectured for many years at Harvard Law School
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers 
  • Former Trustee of Middlesex Community College and the The Winsor School
  • Director of Junior Achievement of Eastern Massachusetts
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2009)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (1993-2007)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business (2004-2006)
  • International Who's Who of Commercial Litigation Lawyers (2006)
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Lawdragon 3000: Leading Lawyers in America (2006)

Paul B. Galvani

Retired Partner

Paul Galvani was a partner in the Litigation Department from 1975 until his retirement on December 31, 2005, although he continues to do some client work. As a partner with the firm, Paul developed an extensive practice in environmental law, commercial litigation, and intellectual property matters.


Mr. Galvani is an experienced trial lawyer who has served as defense counsel in complex commercial and white collar litigation, including in securities, patent, and natural resource damage cases. He has represented potentially responsible parties in numerous CERCLA matters.

Mr. Galvani has litigated countless environmental matters, including allocation issues. Among the more notable cases he has handled are the New Bedford Harbor PCB case in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the Charles George Landfill case (which included allocation proceedings among dozens of defendants) in the same court, the Los Angeles DDT natural damage and cleanup case in the Central District of CA, and the Iron Mountain Mine litigation in the Eastern District of CA.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Mr. Galvani was an assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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