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Galen D. Bellamy

Partner

P. 303.244.1844 | F. 303.244.1879

Biography

Galen Bellamy represents major manufacturers in consumer class action and product liability litigation and appeals. His clients include sophisticated companies such as Whirlpool and Toyota. Galen’s appellate experience includes successful petitions and amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and petitions and briefs in over half a dozen U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Galen has represented both international and domestic clients in state and federal courts across the U.S. He excels in developing creative strategies and building strong legal foundations to resolve complex commercial disputes and consumer class actions. He has also represented corporate clients in connection with investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and has helped conduct internal compliance investigations.

Galen's civil litigation clients have included institutions from accounting, automotive, consumer goods, insurance, and manufacturing industries.

Before joining WTO, Galen was an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in the firm's Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices. Galen also clerked for The Honorable Edward E. Carnes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Cases

Class Actions

Appeals

  • Chavez v. Occidental Chemical Corp. (N.Y. Ct. App. 2020) - Authored amicus brief on a question certified from the Second Circuit urging New York's highest court not to adopt cross-jurisdictional class action tolling.
  • In re MDL 2700 Genetech Herceptin (Trastuzumab) Marketing and Sales Practices Litig. (10th Cir. 2019) - Authored amicus brief for the Product Liability Advisory Council urging affirmance of holding that state law consumer fraud claims against drug manufacturer were preempted under the Supreme Court's impossibility preemption principles.
  • Whirlpool Corp. v. Dzielak (3rd Cir. 2018) - Authored Rule 23(f) petition for interlocutory review from order partially granting class certification.
  • Famular v. Whirlpool Corp. (2nd Cir. 2017) - Authored petition for permission to appeal under 28 U.S.C. ยง 1292(b) concerning two important and unsettled questions of class action tolling.
  • Dei Rossi v. Whirlpool Corp. (9th Cir. 2015) - Authored Rule 23(f) petition for interlocutory review following order partially granting class certification.
  • Terrill v. Electrolux (11th Cir. 2015) - Authored an amicus brief for interested parties including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers to highlight issues involving the dangers of certifying classes of predominantly uninjured consumers.
  • Authored petitions for writs of certiorari in the high-profile appeals of class certification in Glazer v. Whirlpool and Butler v. Sears, which the Supreme Court granted, vacated, and remanded to the Sixth and Seventh Circuits for reconsideration in light of the Court's decision in Comcast v. Behrend.
  • Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 554 U.S. 471 (2008) - Helped draft amicus brief for the Product Liability Advisory Council in connection with challenge to punitive damages award related to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Commercial Litigation

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Other Experience

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Product Liability Advisory Council, Member
Colorado Rising Stars
    
Class Action/Mass Torts, 2010-2013
    Business Litigation, 2009
American Bar Association, Member