Founding Partner Galvin Kennedy

Galvin B. Kennedy

Galvin B. Kennedy

  • Founding Partner
  • Kennedy Hodges L.L.P.
  • 4409 Montrose Blvd Houston, TX 77006
  • 713-523-0001

Background

Galvin Kennedy has been appointed as class counsel in more than 60 wage and hour class and collective actions around the country.  He champions the rights of employees in all sectors from oil field workers to nurses. Unlike many wage and hour attorneys, Galvin has actual trial experience. In fact, he has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004, an achievement based on first chair trials obtained by less than 3% of all Texas attorneys. 

Galvin graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1992 with honors after serving as the captain of the University’s nationally renowned debate team. Between college and law school, Galvin taught English at a language academy in Barcelona, Spain where he honed his Spanish skills he now uses in representing the Hispanic community.

Galvin graduated with honors from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996.  Galvin was an editor of the Houston Journal of International Law and actively participated on the school’s mock trial team.  Galvin was the champion of the school’s annual mock trial competition and was also awarded the best speaker of the competition of 128 competitors. The same year he was also awarded the best speaker award for the Law Center’s moot court competition.  He received the highest grade of all students in many law school courses including Constitutional Law, Professional Malpractice, Insurance Law and Civil Trial Advocacy.

After working at a large Houston firm focusing on securities class action cases, employment disputes, commercial litigation and personal injury, Galvin started the Kennedy Law Firm in 2000.  David Hodges later joined Galvin and they started operating Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. in 2002.

Galvin has appeared many times on national television, including CNN, and Fox News as a guest expert on legal issues. He is often cited by regional and national media organizations such as Reuters, the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Austin Statesman, Dallas Observer, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Houston Business Journal, Dallas Morning News, Law360, etc.

Galvin and his firm’s mission is to level the playing field for workers against their employers by using their legal expertise, financial resources and creative strategies to deliver outstanding results. 

Wage and Hour Case Results

  • $10 million settlement; 1,100 refrigeration repair technicians whose overtime was miscalculated and who were not paid for all hours worked.
  • $9 million settlement on behalf of a group of lawn chemical technicians across the country.
  • $6 million settlement on behalf of a large group of exotic dancers at a night club in Florida.
  • $4.35 million settlement on behalf of approximately 700 copy repair technicians who were denied their pay for all hours worked.
  • $3.4 million on behalf of a group of oil and gas workers misclassified as independent contractors.
  • $2.8 million settlement on behalf of oil field workers whose pay was miscalculated.
  • $2.4 million settlement on behalf of field workers whose overtime was miscalculated.
  • $2.3 million settlement on behalf of 180 exotic dancers who were misclassified as independent contractors to avoid paying minimum wage and overtime.
  • $2.2 million settlement on behalf of oil field workers who were misclassified as independent contractors to avoid payment over overtime wages.
  • $1.6 million settlement on behalf of oil field workers misclassified as exempt from overtime.
  • $1.85 million settlement on behalf of oil field workers paid under the fluctuating workweek method of pay in North Dakota.
  • $1.2 million settlement on behalf of class of lawn chemical applicators who worked in Ohio.
  • Galvin’s work has also been instrumental in causing employers throughout the country to modify their pay practices, which has resulted in millions of dollars in additional wages for employees for years to come. 

Personal Injury Case Results

  • $4.3 million settlement in a medical malpractice case.
  • $3.7 million settlement in a medical malpractice case.
  • $2.0 million settlement in an industrial accident case.
  • $1.6 million verdict in a medical malpractice case.
  • $1.3 million settlement in a products defect case.
  • $1.1 million settlement in a product defect case.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude, May 1996 (High Honors)
    • Champion, Hippard Mock Trial Tournament 1994
    • Best Speaker, Hippard Mock Trial Tournament 1994
    • Best Speaker, Blakely Moot Court Tournament 1995       
    • National Mock Trial Team, 1994-1996
    • Houston Journal of International Law, Editor
    • Order of the Barons, member
    • Order of the Barristers, member
  • Northern Illinois University
    • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, May 1992 (top 3%)
    • Debate Team Scholarship, 4 years (dozens of interscholastic speaker awards)

Published Cases

  • Zannikos v. Oil Inspections (U.S.A.), Inc., --- Fed.Appx. ----, 2015 WL 1379882 (5th Cir. 2015)
  • Albanil v. Coast 2 Coast, Inc., 444 Fed. Appx. 788, 790 (5th Cir. 2011)
  • Long v. BDP Intern., Inc., 919 F. Supp. 2d 832 (S.D. Tex. 2013)
  • TDIndustries, Inc. v. Rivera, 339 S.W.3d 749 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.)
  • Ortiz v. A.N.P., Inc., 768 F. Supp. 2d 896, 907 (S.D. Tex. 2011)
  • Metro. Transit Auth. v. M.E.B., Eng'g, Inc., 201 S.W.3d 692 (Tex. 2006)
  • Mosqueda v. G & H Diversified Mfg., Inc., 223 S.W.3d 571 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2007, pet. denied)
  • Acceptance Indem. Ins. Co. v. Maltez, 619 F. Supp. 2d 289, 291 (S.D. Tex. 2008), aff'd, 08-20288, 2009 WL 2748201 (5th Cir. 2009)

Publications and CLE Presentations

  • Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Understanding and Litigating the Metes and Bounds of Notice in FLSA § 216(b) Actions, May 2013.
  • Failure to Pay Overtime Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: The Most Valuable Claim you are Not Making.  Presented at Texas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Conference. December 2012.
  • Failure to Pay Overtime Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: The Most Valuable Claim you are Not Making.  Presented before Houston Trial Lawyers Association. February 9, 2012.
  • 10 Biggest Mistakes that Can Hurt Your Wage and Overtime Claim.  2008-2015
  • Failure to Pay Overtime Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: Slave Wage Earners Get their Revenge. Presented before Mexican American Bar Association of Houston. March 13, 2006.
  • Failure to Pay Overtime Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: Slave Wage Earners Get their Revenge.  2005 Barnes Law Seminar. November 9, 2005.

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named as "Top 100 Trial lawyers for 2011" by The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2011 - present
  • Selected as “Super Lawyer” for year after year by Texas Lawyer and Texas Monthly Magazine since 200.
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
  • Named one of Houston's Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine, 2005 - 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists

Miscellaneous

  • Taught English in Barcelona, Spain, 1992
  • Completed the annual Rome, Italy marathon in 2009
  • Competes regularly in triathlons around the country
  • Ran with the bulls (twice) in Pamplona, Spain