Galligan Johnston is a corporate and commercial law firm with a rapidly developing profile. The firm is based in Dublin City centre and is currently comprised of three partners James-Paul Galligan, Edward Johnston and Sam Saarsteiner and is assisted by a team of solicitors  and experienced support staff.


Commitment to Excellence

The committed team at Galligan Johnston devotes time, expertise and technical skills to assist clients to succeed in the domestic and/or international markets. Our aim is to build relationships that endure through business cycles to ensure that our clients can rely on us to support them through important and challenging assignments


Dedication to Customer Service

We are dedicated to providing individuals and businesses with highly personalised results in a prompt, efficient and cost effective manner. Our primary focus of the commercial law practice is deal-based and since our establishment in 2010 we have been instructed to act in and advise on several successful corporate transactions.


Professional Negligence Litigation

Galligan Johnston Solicitors has also built a strong presence in the emerging area of Professional Negligence Litigation in Ireland. The Professional Negligence Litigation team is headed up by James-Paul Galligan, Partner at Galligan Johnston who advises financial institutions on all aspects of professional negligence law.

Our Team


James-Paul Galligan

James-Paul has advised and has been instructed in actions on behalf of financial institutions in both valuer and solicitor professional negligence litigation.

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Edward Johnston

Edward Johnston heads up the firm's corporate, commercial and property departments.

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Sam Saarsteiner

Sam is a partner who joined Galligan Johnston in May 2011. Sam qualified as a solicitor in early 2008, having apprenticed in Beauchamps Solicitors.

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Emer Hanratty

Emer Hanratty joined Galligan Johnston Solicitors in October 2010 having previously worked in Lavelle Coleman Solicitors since 1990.

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Karen O’Brien

Karen is an associate Solicitor who joined the firm in May 2015. Karen qualified as a Solicitor in early 2013, having apprenticed in a mid-size, general practice in Dublin, where she specialised in litigation.

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Peter Oakes

Peter Oakes is a strategic consultant to the firm. He is a qualified solicitor admitted in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia.

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Niamh Doyle

Niamh is an Associate Solicitor who joined the firm in April 2016. She is a dual qualified Solicitor having qualified to practice in Ireland in 2001 and England and Wales 2010.

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