- Assistant attorney general Iowa Department Justice, Des Moines, 1976-1977. Associate Lawyer, Lawyer & Jackson, 1977-1979, Law Offices of Verne Lawyer & Associates, Des Moines, 1979-1993, Reavely, Shinkle, Bauer, Scism, Reavely & Doyle, Des Moines, 1993, Michael J. Galligan Law Firm, Professional Corporation, Des Moines, 1994-1996, Galligan, Tully, Doyle & Reid, Professional Corporation, Des Moines, 1996—2003, Gulligan, Doyle & Reid Professional Corporation, since 2003.
With United States Army, 1971-1973. Fellow Iowa Academy Trial Lawyers. Member American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Sons of the American Revolution (registrar Iowa 1983-1994, 2001-2005, vice president 1994-1997, chancellor 1997-1901, since 2005), Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Iowa Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Phi Alpha Delta (chapter president 1975).