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Donald L. Galine

In Memoriam

Courtesy of Eric Bailey & JG Preston

Donald Galine died in 2010 after a long battle with brain cancer.  Mr. Galine spent his career as a personal injury litigator fighting for the underdogs and the disadvantaged. He never backed down from large insurance companies attempting to take advantage of his clients and was an inspiration to other attorneys in the office. He was very active in the Consumer Attorneys of California for many years, serving terms as Treasurer, Vice President and Governor Emeritus. He received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Trench Soldier Award (for Doing Battle in the Trench that was Above and Beyond the Call of Duty), the Hero Award, the Presidential Award of Merit and the Marvin E. Lewis award for “continued guidance, loyalty and dedication.”  Galine was also past President of the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers association and was voted the Trial Lawyer of the Year.  His passion was helping personal injury and workers’ compensation victims and did so for over 30 years. He successfully won more than 200 verdicts for his injured clients, including his fair share of high profile cases.

Donald L. Galine Video Memorial

Don Galine was an accomplished swimmer in high school and college. His swimming success continued throughout his life and he even became the nationally-ranked no. 1 swimmer in his age group. Even during his cancer treatment, he swam 1,200 meters a day and did not stop swimming completely until a few days before his death.

Don will be missed by everyone who knew him. He will be truly missed but we will continue the commitment in his honor”.

In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to one of the charities below or your favorite charity. Don and his family appreciate your prayers and support.

Donald L. Galine Hillsdale High School Swimming Scholarship Fund

Make Checks out to: Hillsdale High School—Donald Galine

Mail to:

Hillsdale High School
Attn: Susan Merport
3115 Del Monte St.
San Mateo, CA 94403

Client Reviews

    I retained Ilya Frangos of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos on a business litigation matter involving a frivolous lawsuit filed in federal court. Ilya guided me through the case and helped make sure that I understood the process… He always took the time to answer all my questions and helped put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend him and this firm!


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    Chantel Fitting is as good as it gets. If you have been injured, need help and cant get what you know you deserve from one of the big insurance companies, then you have got to call Chantel. She will fight for you like it was her that was hurt… She cares. Call her. You wont be sorry you did.

    Cindy C.

    A great experience. Excellent law firm which treats their client’s with the utmost respect. Very knowledgeable and made me fell extremely secure when handling my personal injury claim. Would highly recommend Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos to handle your next case.

    Lisa D.

    I was fortunate enough to have been represented and retained by this law firm for my injuries sustained by an under insured motorist. I must say Chantel Fitting and Illya Frangos went above and beyond trying to resolve my case… I would highly recommend this law firm and stop shopping around if you are looking for the best, as this is as good as it gets.

    Joanna K.

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