Company: Office of the District Attorney for the County of Santa Clara
Location: San Jose, California, United States
Mike R. Galli, Esq., Attorney at the Office of the District Attorney for the County of Santa Clara, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Fourth Amendment law.
Since 1984, Mr. Galli has excelled as a deputy district attorney for the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney, where he reviews police reports from eight different police agencies, files felony and misdemeanor criminal charges, reviews almost all misdemeanor citations to determine eligibility for a pre-filing misdemeanor diversion program and handles legal questions from police officers and other deputy district attorneys. Additionally, he serves as a unit member of the case issuance unit at the District Attorney’s Office and as an instructor at the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation through POST (CA Peace Officers Standards & Training). Over the years, Mr. Galli has also worked within numerous units regarding misdemeanor DUIs, juvenile, felony narcotics, asset forfeiture, economic crimes, writs and appeals and welfare fraud before his current assignment. He has also served as a supervisor of the asset forfeiture, welfare fraud and restitution units and as an assistant supervisor of the narcotics unit on multiple occasions.
In 1978, Mr. Galli earned an Associate of Arts in history with honors from Foothill Community College. Subsequently, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in political science and government from the University of San Francisco in 1980. He concluded his academic efforts with a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1983. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Galli was admitted to practice law through the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, as well as the State Bar of California.
In a career filled with highlights, Mr. Galli is especially proud of writing more than 2,200 search warrants and only lost one, which was due to the fact that an officer committed perjury. In order to remain aware of changes in the field, he is aligned with the California District Attorneys Association, the American Bar Association and the California Narcotics Officers Association. Devoted to his community, Mr. Galli contributes as a technical advisor and an instructor for the California District Attorneys Association’s (CDAA) search warrant law seminar and has taught search and seizure law at a variety of other CDAA seminars over the years.
With a plethora of knowledge at his disposal, Mr. Galli has authored such works as “Search Warrant Law & Practice Manual,” now in its fifth edition, “Tracking Devices and the Fourth Amendment” a chapter in the CDAA High Technology Crimes Manual and one in the CDAA Hate Crimes Monograph. He has also written a book entitled “Warrantless Searches.” For his outstanding work over the years, he was presented with a Commendation Letter from the San Jose Police Department burglary prevention unit, a Commendation Letter from the narcotics unit, the Santa Clara County Employee of the Month Award in 1990, the SJPD Excellence Award and the CDAA Author of the Year Award in 2009. More recently, he accepted the CNOA Region One Prosecutor of the Year Award in 2016. Looking toward the future, Mr. Galli aims to experience the continued growth and success of his career.
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