Paul Galanides was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1968. Paul was the third
of three boys and the family business was food. His mother’s family
ran a successful downtown Norfolk eatery for decades. His other grandfather,
after serving in the U.S. Army during World War I, established a Mediterranean
grocery that eventually would become Galanides, Inc., a food service wholesaler
that served businesses up and down the East Coast.
Paul spent 12 years in the Norfolk Academy, graduating in 1986. While there,
Paul’s work as an assistant to the varsity football, basketball,
and lacrosse coaches was so exceptional, that the Athletic Department,
in 1984, honored Paul with the newly-created Athletic Director’s Award.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts in European History from Washington &
Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, in 1990. At W&L, Paul formed
and routinely performed in a student band, and served as co-chair of the
Rush Committee and Social Committee for Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Paul
devoted a significant part of his undergraduate years courting his future
wife, Anne Crow, a Sweet Briar College student from Little Rock, Arkansas.
Paul continued his study of European History as a graduate student, earning
his Master of Arts from James Madison University in 1992. The History
Department at James Madison recognized Paul’s work by awarding him
a position as Student Teacher for two sections of U.S. History 101 during
the 1991-1992 school year, and by honoring him after graduation with the
Carlton B. Smith Award for Outstanding Graduate Thesis. In his thesis,
Jean-Jacques Servan Scrheiber and L’Express, the Decision to Abandon
French Algeria, 1954-1957, Paul examined the editorial pages of L’Express
a popular French newspaper which was the first to advocate that France
scrap her post-war constitution which afforded citizenship status to the
populations of all of France’s former colonial territories.
Paul began his legal studies at the University of Kentucky in the Fall
of 1992. Paul’s writing instructor and mentor at Kentucky was Allison
Connelly, who was Director of the Kentucky public defender system. Paul
spent his next two summers as an intern with the public defender, interviewing
clients and witnesses, accompanying attorneys in court, and ghost-writing
appellate pleadings. Following his graduation, in 1995, and his acceptance
to the Kentucky State Bar, Paul immediately began working as a Public
Defender in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, a jurisdiction of 250,000.
As a Public Defender, Paul successfully represented clients charged with
every degree of crime, including DUI, Assault, Hit and Run, Rape, Burglary,
Larceny, Drug Distribution, and murder. In December, 1997, Paul defended
Louis Lamont Martin, an 18 year old charged with Capital Murder and Robbery,
from the death penalty. Today, Mr. Martin is a free man.
In 1998, Paul accepted a position as a prosecutor for the Kentucky Office
of the Attorney General in the Special Prosecutions Division. The six-member
Special Prosecution team handled high-profile and sensitive cases from
all across Kentucky, with an emphasis on public corruption, capital murder,
white collar crime, and election fraud.
In 2001, Paul and Anne moved their family, soon to include three children,
back to Virginia, and Paul took a post as an Assistant Attorney General
in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For the next five years, Paul represented
the Commonwealth in criminal appeals, appearing in multiple cases before
the Virginia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Virginia, as well as in
the federal district courts in Virginia and the Fourth Circuit Court of
Appeals. As a member of the Capital Appeals Unit, Paul was counsel for
the Commonwealth in over a dozen death penalty cases before the Virginia
Supreme Court. In 2003, Paul was trained and admitted to practice before
the United States Supreme Court and, in the following years, successfully
defended against two Petitions for Certiorari.
In 2005, Paul left the Attorney General’s Office and assumed a position
as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County of Henrico,
Virginia. For the next 9 years, Paul was a front-line prosecutor, handling
everything from speeding tickets to capital murder. In Henrico, Paul taught
trial conduct and courtroom demeanor to over a dozen classes of the Henrico
In November, 2014, Paul took his vast experience in criminal law and entered
the private sector for the first time, forming the Law Office of Paul
C. Galanides, P.C.. Calling upon his years of contacts with Virginia’s
prosecutors and police, Paul began successfully defending clients in criminal
cases throughout central Virginia. In 2016, Paul combined his practice
with that of Joe Morrissey, and the two operated as Morrissey and Associates,
in Highland Springs, Virginia. With Morrissey and Associates, Paul successfully
defended his clients against the most serious of charges throughout central Virginia.
In May, 2018, Paul Galanides joined Carlson & Collier, bringing with
him over 23 years of experience in every aspect of criminal law. Paul
has established a reputation for his professional performance in court,
his extensive knowledge of the law, and his aggressive representation
of his clients. Paul will expertly guide you through the legal minefield,
whether it is in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, General District
Court, Circuit Court, federal court, or the Virginia Court of Appeals
and Supreme Court.