Philip Galanes

Philip Galanes

Philip Galanes is the creator and author of Social Q’s, the etiquette column in The New York Times Sunday Styles section. Mr. Galanes’s first job after college was as a copy boy on The Times’s newsroom floor before he pursued a law degree.

Before starting his column at The Times, Mr. Galanes was the general counsel and chief operating officer of Golden Books Family Entertainment from 1997 to 2002. Previously, he was an entertainment associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1993 to 1997 and a corporate lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton from 1991 to 1993.

Mr. Galanes is the author of “Emma’s Table” (HarperCollins, 2008) and “Father’s Day” (Knopf, 2004), which was selected by Barnes & Noble for its “Discover Great New Voices” program.

Born in Brattleboro, V.T., on Oct. 4, 1963, Mr. Galanes received a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale College in 1984. He earned a juris doctor’s degree from Yale Law School in 1991. In addition to his column, Mr. Galanes is an entertainment lawyer in private practice and an award-winning interior designer of commercial and residential spaces.