In the Beginning
In 1955, George Galland, Robert Kharasch and Gary Calkins founded Galland, Kharasch and Calkins, the predecessor firm to GKG Law. The founders' original aim was to assemble a group of lawyers expert in regulatory and legislative issues—Washington, DC issues—faced by businesses in the transportation industry.
The firm's founders saw a genuine need for attorneys experienced in practicing before the various federal agencies involved in transportation. These included the traditional agencies that regulate transportation, economics, and safety, such as the Interstate Commerce Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Maritime Commission, Maritime Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and the Department of Transportation. The firm gained expertise with these and with virtually all other agencies that have a direct or an indirect regulatory impact on transportation.
The firm's clients soon began to ask more of GKG Law. Expertise flowed naturally from one area to another.
- The firm expanded its expertise and became nationally and internationally respected in corporate, private aircraft transactions, non-profit trade and professional societies, antitrust, commercial and tax law, employment, complex litigation, and intellectual property law.
- Our influence on many areas of the law through litigation is illustrated by dozens of published court and agency decisions, including United States Supreme Court opinions.