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2023 40 Under Forty: Robyn Gallagher

Age: 38 Company: Wiggin and Dana LLP Title: Partner No. of years with current company: 10 Town where I live: Coventry Town where I work: Hartford College: Western New England University School of Law, University of Connecticut Highest degree: Master’s degree in journalism, UConn; J.D., Western New England University School of Law  
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Robyn Gallagher is a partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP. She represents various clients in large-scale, multi-party litigation, with a focus on complex damages issues, general aviation matters and insurance coverage disputes.

Before Wiggin and Dana, Gallagher clerked for Connecticut United States District Court Judge Alvin W. Thompson. Before law school, Gallagher was an accountant and earned her CPA.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

I regularly capitalize upon my accounting background to assist clients with complex damages issues. Recently, I successfully argued at trial that the court should preclude an opposing expert from salvaging an otherwise unsupported damages opinion. I accomplished this through last-minute revisions to his calculation, which could have increased damages by over $50 million.

How are you involved in the community?

I consistently give back to my hometown community of Coventry, serving as finance chair for the Town Council (an elected position); member of the Coventry Democratic Town Committee; and frequent volunteer within the schools, including as treasurer of the George Hersey Robertson School PTO.

What do you like to do outside of work?

When I’m not working, I enjoy playing board games with friends and family. I also enjoy crafting, including embroidery and counted cross stitch. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I endeavored to learn quilting and made several small quilts. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my kids.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Co-chaired one of the first remote bench trials in Connecticut, recovering a seven-figure judgment for her client.

• Serves as a lead attorney in large-scale litigation, including a $20 million construction dispute and defending an $80 million contract dispute.

• Co-chair of the firm’s DRIVE: Women attorney subgroup promoting gender diversity, inclusion, and retention.

• Uses background in law and accounting to volunteer, including as chair of the finance committee for the Coventry Town Council.

Fun Fact

After a job interview, one interviewer described me as ‘surprisingly quirky for an accountant.’

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