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Dennis Galimberti is the Principal of Hall & Thompson, a Melbourne based law firm founded in 1969.

Dennis was admitted to practice to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1980 and is a Member of the Gaming, Liquor and Hospitality Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.

His areas of practice include:

• Liquor Licensing & Gaming
• Commercial property
• Acquisitions and sales
• Leasing documentation
• Registered clubs & hotel industry
• Sports law

Dennis completed his Articles with Peter Kempson & Co. and transferred to Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in 1983 where he practiced as a personal injury lawyer. He was admitted as a Partner of Maurice Blackburn in 1986. Dennis left the partnership to become CEO of the Footscray Football Club (now the Western Bulldogs F.C.) in 1987, a position he held for 10 years.

While CEO of the Footscray Football Club, he opened and administered the first club gaming venue in Victoria, based at the Whitten Oval (formerly Western Oval) in 1992. As part of his sojourn into football administration, he was involved in a landmark case in which club member Irene Chatfield obtained an injunction in the Supreme Court to stay a secret merger which had been negotiated by the club’s board with the then VFL and the Fitzroy Football Club. Dennis ‘blew the whistle’ on the secret merger which led to an avalanche of community support and the court case which overturned the merger.

Dennis returned to private practice in 1996 and is an expert in Liquor and Gaming Law.

Dennis is regarded as one of the leading lawyers in Liquor and Gaming Law and acts for many prominent venues. He has had the carriage of a number of prominent applications before the Liquor Licensing Panel, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Dennis has been awarded Life Membership of the Wester Bulldogs Football Club, Sandringham Football Club and the Victorian Football League (VFL) and is also Secretary of the Sandringham Football Club.

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