Advisory Board

The Best Lawyers Board of Advisors is an esteemed group of distinguished legal professionals from around the world. Almost 400 organizations are currently represented including leaders from many of the world's preeminent law firms and general counsel from Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies.

  • 428 Members

  • 383 Lawyers

  • 42 Corporate Counsel

  • 384 Organizations

  • 61 Countries

Advisory Board Spotlight

Bob Clifford is the founder of Clifford Law Offices, which concentrates its practice in helping victims of personal injury, medical malpractice, mass torts, consumer and health care fraud, product liability, and aviation and transportation disasters. Bob regularly handles complex damage cases and routinely receives multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements. He's also an advocate for the consumer and has filed several class actions, holding companies accountable for their defective products and fraudulent business practices. His most recent is against Volkswagen in the highly publicized "clean" diesel engine scandal. In addition, Bob was recently selected as co-lead counsel in the defective Pella windows class action matter, as well as the Herbal Supplements class action, which claims certain store-brand brand supplements contain contaminants instead of herbal ingredients.
Julian Yarr is the Managing Partner of A&L Goodbody, a leading Irish law firm providing legal services to the corporate sector across the island of Ireland. The Firm has offices in Dublin and Belfast, London, and New York. Before taking the seat of Managing Partner, Mr. Yarr was head of A&L Goodbody's London office. In addition to leading the firm, his practice focuses on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, and private equity law.
Matt Gorson currently serves as Senior Chairman of the firm. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Southeast and California offices and previously served as the firm’s President. Matt joined Greenberg Traurig in 1973 as the firm’s 14th lawyer, and became one of the most prolific and in-demand real estate attorneys in South Florida. His work over the last two decades has played a key role in revitalizing the urban landscape and changing the skyline of Downtown Miami, Brickell Avenue, Miami Beach and Sunny Isles. As the former chair of the firm's national Real Estate Practice, Matt was instrumental in developing the firm's reputation as a real estate powerhouse. 

James H. Gallegos

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Alliant Energy

Jim joined Alliant Energy in 2010 as Vice President and General Counsel. In 2014, he was named Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In February of 2015, Jim was named Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary.

From 2003 to 2010, he served as Vice President and Corporate General Counsel for Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Corporation. Prior to Joining Alliant Energy, Jim also worked in a number of roles for Qwest Communications International, Inc., from 1995 through 2003. Prior to Qwest, Jim was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and previously he served as a Law Clerk for a Federal District Court Judge. Before going to law school, Jim worked in the marketing departments as a Market Analyst for the SOO Line Railroad and the Burlington Northern Railroad.

Jim received a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Colorado in 1983 and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law Center in 1990, where he graduated cum laude.

Jim is a current member of the board for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Urban League of Greater Madison.

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Advisory Board Meeting

Bringing together the distinguished members of the Best Lawyers Advisory Board for discussions about management of law firms and in-house legal departments.

  • Wednesday - Thursday

    May 11 - 12, 2016

    Event Starts at 1:00 PM

  • Metropolitan Opera House

    30 Lincoln Center Plaza

    New York, NY 10023

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