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Galen C. Baynes


Galen Baynes is an associate attorney at Pechman Law Group PLLC, where he focuses his practice on recovering unpaid wages on behalf of his clients under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state labor laws, litigating all manner of employment discrimination claims, and advising clients in resolving employment disputes and negotiating severance and separation agreements.  

Prior to joining PLG, Mr. Baynes served for two years as a law clerk to Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis at the United States District Court of the Virgin Islands on St. Croix. He received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2017, where he was a Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Fellow and senior editor of the Case Western Reserve University Law Review. Mr. Baynes participated in the Milton A. Kramer Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Immigration Clinic and externed with United States District Judge Christopher A. Boyko and the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio.

Before attending law school, Mr. Baynes was an investigator with the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, where he conducted investigations into allegations of police misconduct. He also lived for five years in Managua, Nicaragua, where he worked for various nonprofit organizations including American Jewish World Service, World Learning, and Witness for Peace. Mr. Baynes is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Areas of practice
Bar admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

Editor, CWRU Law Review

Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Fellow

Macalester College

B.A., cum laude, in International Studies with Minors in Hispanic Studies and English

Honors and Recognitions

Louis Pechman and Galen C. Baynes, Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House: Five Years Later, N.Y. LAW JOURNAL (Aug. 6, 2020)

Presenter, Wage Theft Know-Your-Rights Workshop hosted by the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN), July 2020

Humanity in Action – Senior Fellow


Spanish (Fluent)

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