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Desiring to bring individuals to justice who committed crimes, Mike R. Galli, Esq., sought to enter the field of law. Receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1983, he was admitted to practice in the State of California. In 1984, he started serving the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney in San Jose, California, where he has remained for the entirety of his career.

Over the years, Mr. Galli has served in several prominent roles, including as a unit member for the Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence Unit, the Juvenile Unit and the Narcotics Unit; special assistant to the U.S. attorney; assistant supervisor of the Felony Narcotics Unit; and unit supervisor for the Asset Forfeiture Unit. Later in his career, he also served as a unit member for the Economic Crimes Felony Unit; Preliminary Examination Unit; Welfare Fraud Unit; Motions, Writs and Appeals Unit; and Restitution Services Unit. Subsequently, Mr. Galli excelled as a unit member in the San Martin and North County Divisions. Likewise, he was promoted to the rank of assistant supervisor and assistant unit leader of the Felony Narcotics Unit.

Since 1984, Mr. Galli has served the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney as a deputy district attorney, and since 2010, has been a unit member of the Case Issuance Unit. Alongside these pursuits, he has been an instructor at the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation since 2007 and a technical advisor and instructor at the California District Attorneys Association’s Search Warrant Law Seminar since 2006. In past years, Mr. Galli was a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Citizens Academy, as well as an instructor on various aspects of law enforcement at police departments across California.

Demonstrating versatility in his profession, Mr. Galli has authored or co-authored myriad articles to professional journals and books. In 2019, he authored the fifth edition of “Search Warrant Law & Practice Manual,” having previously authored the fourth edition in 2016, third edition in 2014, second edition in 2012 and first edition in 2009. Notably, these series of manuals have been significantly beneficial to officers and district attorneys throughout the State of California. Additionally, Mr. Galli penned “Warrantless Searches: A Guide for Police-Citizen Contacts, Cell Phones and Exclusions” through Police Publishing in 2014 and “Chapter II: Search and Seizure” through the CDAA’s High Technology Crimes Manual in 2008, among other works.

For his outstanding success in law enforcement, Mr. Galli received Commendation Letters from the San Jose Police Department in 1989, and was named Employee of the Month by Santa Clara County in 1990. Additionally, he received an Excellence Award from the San Jose Police Department in 1992, the Author of the Year Award from the California District Attorneys Association in 2009 and, most recently, the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the California Narcotics Officers Association in 2016.

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