Greg Gallo, a partner at the Silicon Valley and global law firm DLA Piper, was just awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Avenidas, the Bay Area based non-profit organization that serves seniors in the region. 

Avenidas provides a wide range of programs and support for seniors in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area that enable them to stay active, maintain their independence or care for a spouse.  Their programs enrich and support the lives of more than 6,500 seniors and their families each year.  A community-based nonprofit organization, Avenidas serves the San Francisco Bay Area mid-Peninsula communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, and Mountain View.

Avenidas honored Greg Gallo with its Lifetime Achievement Award presented at their annual event held late last week.  The award “honors citizens of the local community who have made lasting professional and community commitments to our community over their lifetimes.”  The organization put out this statement:

Corporate attorney Greg Gallo joined the Palo Alto law firm of Ware & Freidenrich in 1973 and is currently a partner at DLA Piper. During his 40+ years in law, he has dedicated much of his efforts to building nonprofit capacity throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. In addition to serving on the boards of several for-profit organizations such as Maxtor Corporation and Network General, he has spent time on numerous nonprofit boards including those of the American Red Cross, Family & Children Services, the Entrepreneurs Foundation, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He also chaired the board of the Senior Coordinating Council, which later became Avenidas, in the early nineties. A Harvard Law School graduate, Greg is a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and has guest lectured at both Stanford and UC Berkeley's business schools.

Gallo was also instrumental in the merger of Ware and Freidenrich with Gray Cary in 1993 and the merger of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich with DLA and Piper Rudnick in 2003.  In each case, Greg led the Silicon Valley integration efforts and gave the local office greater credibility and credentials in the new larger global firm.