Joseph G. “Chip” Galagaza | Senior Counsel

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    Joseph G. (Chip) Galagaza is an attorney in Stibbs & Co.’s employment law section.  For over 40 years, Chip has provided clients with sound and practical advice and counsel, and he has represented clients before administrative agencies, in state and federal courts, and in arbitral forums on virtually every kind of issue impacting the employer/employee relationship under labor and employment laws, including statutory discrimination and retaliation claims (e.g., Title VII, TCHRA, ADA, FMLA, EPA, FLSA, ERISA, OSHA, the NLRA, and workers’ comp retaliation) and common law employment claims.  He has authored and presented papers at local and regional continuing legal education seminars and to human resource professional groups on a wide variety of employment law topics, including topics of current interest and “nuts and bolts/how-to” presentations.  Before joining the firm, Chip was a Principal in the Houston office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

    Chip has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor & Employment Law since 1986.  He has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in 2021 as “Lawyer of the Year: Litigation – Labor and Employment Law” and as a “Best Lawyer” in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment Professional Excellence since 2010 and as a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Super Lawyer® from 2003-Present.

    Outside of the office, Chip enjoys spending time with his family doing just about anything, dabbling in the kitchen making the comfort foods he grew up with, singing enthusiastically but with profound mediocrity under his wife’s direction in the choir at St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Christian Church (where he served for years on the Parish Council and as its treasurer), watching movies of every genre and from the sublime to the absurd, solving the problems of the world hanging around the preeminent BBQ nerd and Stibb’s & Co.’s managing partner, Stuart Lapp, as he smokes brisket to culinary perfection, and telling stories to anyone who will listen.



    + J.D. - Southern Methodist University, 1980,
    + A.B. - Kenyon College, 1977 (With Distinction); Junior Year Abroad at the University of Exeter, Exeter, England,,


    + State Bar of Texas
    + U.S. Supreme Court
    + 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
    + 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
    + U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas

    Professional Experience

    + 2023 - Present -
    Stibbs & Co. P.C. - Of Counsel
    + 2009 - 2023 -
    Jackson Lewis P.C. - Shareholder/Principal
    + 2006 - 2009 -
    Jackson Lewis P.C. - Resident Manager
    + 2003 - 2006 -
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Partner
    + 1999 - 2003 -
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Of Counsel
    + 1989 - 1999 -
    Neel, Hooper & Kalmans, P.C. - Shareholder
    + 1981 - 1988 -
    Neel, Hooper & Kalmans, P.C. - Associate
    + 1980 -
    Neel, Hooper & Kalmans, P.C. - Law Clerk


    + Houston Bar Association (and the L&E and ADR Sections)
    + HR Houston (Houston SHRM Chapter)
    + Texas State Bar Association (and the L&E and ADR Sections)