In the Beginning
George Galland and Robert Kharasch founded GKG Law in 1955. 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.
Satisfied with the firm's work on these Washington issues, 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, commercial and tax law, and real estate law.
- The firm became a premier firm in antitrust law as well as intellectual property law.
- Clients embroiled in complex litigation matters called on us to represent them in federal and state courts. 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.