Dale Galipo

Dale Galipo Law

Dale K. Galipo obtained his J.D.from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1984. Mr. Galipo has since earned a reputation as one of the top civil rights attorneys in the nation. With the formation of The Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo in 1991, Mr. Galipo began specializing in personal injury cases and soon thereafter, he started obtaining multi-million dollar jury verdicts on personal injury cases. During the 1990’s, Mr. Galipo also handled numerous criminal cases and was dubbed “The Strikes Man” by the Daily Journal for multiple jury acquittals in “three strikes” cases. From 1995 thru 1996, Mr. Galipo obtained six consecutive jury acquittals on major felony cases.

In 2002, Dale Galipo started to specialize in civil rights cases involving police misconduct and excessive force and shortly thereafter, Mr. Galipo began obtaining multi-million dollar jury verdicts for victims of police misconduct and police abuse. In 2012, Mr. Galipo was awarded the Defender of the Constitution Award by the Inland Empire Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and was more recently the Honoree for the MLK award presented in his name at the UC Davis School of Law. In the last eleven years, he has prevailed in over 50 Jury trials and has obtained over 100 seven-figure verdicts and settlements.

With approximately twenty published opinions in civil rights cases, Dale Galipo has also been selected to the Southern California’s SuperLawyers list every year. Having been awarded the CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year 2020 and also the CAOC 2020 Consumer Attorney of the Year, he is often asked to speak about his civil rights practice, most often on how to successfully try a civil-rights case. As an active member of The Inner Circle of Advocates and as a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Galipo has gone to trial and won more cases against the police than any other attorney in the country.

Civil Rights College

Civil Rights College

Working Up A Civil Rights Case Before Trial


A. Considerations In Deciding Whether To Take A Civil Rights Case
B. Dealing With The Related Criminal Case
C. What To Do Before Filing The Lawsuit
D. Filing The Complaint
E. Getting The Documents
F. Taking Effective Depositions
G. Framing The Case
H. Setting The Standard(s)
I. Using Experts
J. Opposing Summary Judgment
K. Dealing With Qualified Immunity


How To Win a Civil Rights Case At Trial
A. Overcoming Negative Evidence (Exclude-Limit-Deal With)
B. Motions In Limine
C. Jury Instructions
D. Verdict Form
E. Jury Selection
F. Giving An Effective Opening Statement
G. Direct Examination/Ordering The Witnesses
H. Effective Cross-Examination At Trial
I. Handling The Experts At Trial
J. Giving A Persuasive Closing Argument
K. Presenting A Strong Rebuttal Argument
L. Post-Trial Issues

Dale's class was extremely motivating and informative. He was able to convey all of the hurdles a civil rights lawyer has to face at a very human level, which I think is what makes him such an effective advocate.
-Matt Falkenstein

Dale Galipo's Civil Rights College was the best part of the weekend. Dale does a great job of providing an outline on how to approach civil rights cases from start to finish. He is very easy to follow and uses real life case examples that were great to listen to. I plan on going back this year and can't wait to see Dale in action again.
-Michael Carrillo, Carrillo Law Firm

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