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Dean R. Galigani is the owner and managing partner of the Galigani Law Firm with wife, Lea Galigani, and partner Layne Prebor. He is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar Certification Board. This prestigious distinction is held by only a small number of attorneys in the state of Florida.


Alachua County criminal defense lawyer Dean Galigani has over 20 years experience and defended hundreds of clients through state and federal criminal case processes. As a board certified criminal attorney, Dean Galigani is one of the select litigators recognized as a specialist or expert in criminal defense.


Several qualifications must be met in order to receive such an esteemed certification, such as satisfying CLE (Continuing Legal Education) course and test requirements, years of participation in the field of law for which certification is sought and colleague evaluations for exceptional character, ethics and professionalism.


Defense Attorney Dean Galigani represents clients in almost every type of criminal litigation, including but not limited to DUI, domestic violence, assault and theft crimes in Gainesville. He represents clients throughout the Gainesville, Florida area including Alachua, Marion and Columbia Counties.


As a criminal defense attorney, Dean Galigani practices with dignity and dedication. He exhausts all opportunities for each case whether dealing with a small misdemeanor infraction or a more serious felony offense. Besides making an aggressive defensive strategy preparing for trial, Dean Galigani may file to dismiss a case entirely or reduce sentencing before going to trial.


When he is not pouring every effort in a case for a client's defense, Dean Galigani enjoys biking, relaxing and spending time at home with his family and dogs. He also volunteers time as a board member to the Big Brother-Big Sister of Greater Gainesville program.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    5 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    5 years
  3. Violent Crime: 15%
  4. Juvenile: 10%



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  • Ashley Aulls

    I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mr. Galigani for the past 15 years. Dean is the type of lawyer that other attorneys go to for advice. His knowledge and experience is second to none and he's handled every type of criminal case possible. If you have a criminal case in Alachua County or the surrounding areas, Mr. Galigani is the attorney you need to handle your case.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Dean. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Giligani Law Firm

317 NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL, 32601


FLMember in Good Standing199006/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge (Nomination)Eighth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission2012
Elected President of the Eighth Judicial Circuit ChapterFlorida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)2011
Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge (Nomination)ighth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission2011
Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge (Nomination)8th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission2010
Board Certified in Criminal Trial LawFlorida Bar Certification BoardN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerGaligani Law Firm2004 - Present
Division Chief and Assistant Public Defender8th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office1990 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (EJCBA)Member2005 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersChapter Representative2012 - 2013
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Lee County chapter)President2012 - 2012
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - 2006
Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Greater GainesvilleBoard Member2003 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ex-teacher found not guilty on sex chargesNot Guilty
Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (3rd degree felony)dismissed
Possession of Cocaine (felony), Possession of Cannabis (misdemeanor), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.All charges dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of FloridaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Public Defender Trial Clinic / Gerald T. Bennett ProsecutionInstructor2013
Dial Center for Written and Oral CommunicationSpeaker2013
Alachua County Teen CourtJudge2013
Pre-Legal Honor Society DebateLaw2012
Moot CourtJudge2012
Joint Comparative Law CLE: The London Symposium, Comparative Criminal Law PanelComparative Criminal Law2012
Gerald T. Bennett Prosecution/Public Defender Trial TrainingInstructor2012
Scheduled political forumsEighth Judicial Circuit2004