Philip Galanes was born and raised in New England, and earned degrees from Yale ColleTge and Yale Law School. He worked as an entertainment lawyer at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, representing clients in film, theater, television and fine art. More recently, he served as the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Golden Books Family Entertainment, a children's media company. He now represents clients in private practice and sits on the boards of directors of several companies.

Philip's first novel, Father's Day, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2004. Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as "heartbreaking and brilliantly funny," the novel was selected by Barnes & Noble for its "Discover Great New Writers" series. His second novel, Emma's Table, was published by HarperCollins in 2008. USA Today praised it for "characters that cook with both spice and comedy...and as a bittersweet comedy of modern urban existence."

In June of 2008, Philip debuted as a weekly columnist for the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. His "Social Q's" column, which answers reader questions about the sticky situations that they face in every corner of modern life, quickly became one of the most consistently popular and most-read features of the newspaper.

Always an avid furniture collector, Philip also consults on interior design projects for select clients. Recent projects include a House in East Hampton, interior design, furnishings and art for an Edward Durrell Stone townhouse, and a guest house/garden pavilion in Greenwich Village.

Philip lives in East Hampton and New York City.