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Maritime Multidistrict Litigation

Paul D. Galea

Paul Galea joined Gallagher Sharp as a Partner in August of 2014.  His practice primarily involves defending commercial shipping companies, marinas and private pleasure boat owners and operators in all forms of maritime matters including, personal injury under the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), as well as injuries to passengers, longshoremen, seamen, wharehousemen, and marina employees.

Holly M. Olarczuk-Smith

Ms. Holly Olarczuk-Smith joined Gallagher Sharp as an Associate in 2003 and was named Partner in 2013.  She is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association and has argued before state and federal appellate courts on legal issues in the Professional Liability, Mass Tort, and Transportation practice areas.  She also defends manufacturers and suppliers in asbestos litigation, and represents railroad companies in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, and occupational injury.

Matthew T. Norman

Matt Norman joined Gallagher Sharp as an Associate in 2006 after a successful career as an Assistant Prosecutor for both the city and county government. He gained significant trial experience prosecuting felony offenses and also argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Colleen A. Mountcastle

Colleen Mountcastle is a Partner in Gallagher Sharp’s Appellate, Mass Torts and Transportation Practice Groups.  She is certified as an Appellate Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association, and in her appellate practice represents clients in original, post-trial and appellate proceedings in the Supreme Courts of the United States, Michigan and Ohio. She also defends railroad companies, manufacturers and suppliers in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, occupational injury and product liability.

Kevin C. Alexandersen

A Partner at Gallagher Sharp for over 20 years, Mr. Kevin Alexandersen is the Mass Tort Practice Group Manager.  He concentrates his practice on Mass Tort litigation, representing refractories, insulators, foundries, steel companies, talc manufacturers, safety equipment manufacturers, safety equipment suppliers, electric companies, and railroads in toxic tort, intentional tort, personal injury and wrongful death claims alleging occupational exposure to asbestos, silica, and welding fumes.