Proven Track Record

About Katherine Gallo

Katherine Gallo is an expert in complex discovery issues, actively involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) since 1994. Ms. Gallo is known for her extensive seminars on discovery and her discovery blog

Proven Track Record. Ms. Gallo has served as a court appointed or party selected private Discovery Referee or Special Master in over 300 hotly litigated and/or class action matters concerning complex issues in business, construction defect (including liens and construction operations losses), insurance, employment (including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims), elder abuse, real property (including eminent domain, easements, and commissions), lemon law, personal injury and family law. She is well known to the judiciary in the Bay Area and her court appointments in complex matters have come from the Superior Courts throughout the state.

Ms. Gallo has extensive experience as a Mediator and Pro Tem Settlement Judge, with a settlement rate in excess of 90%.

Extensive Experience. Ms. Gallo has extensive experience including serving as Research Attorney for the Law and Motion Departments of the Alameda and San Mateo County Superior Courts, giving her a unique perspective on court process. Her responsibilities included all discovery motions as well as mediating ongoing complex discovery disputes. She has served regularly as a Pro Tem Settlement Judge, Court Ordered Arbitrator and as a Private Mediator. As a trial attorney, Ms. Gallo managed a full case load of personal injury, product liability and commercial litigation matters.

Education. Ms. Gallo is a graduate of the McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific with an emphasis on Labor Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine.

Special Training. Ms. Gallo has well over 100 hours of specialized training in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, including Ethics and Fairness Training for Pro Tem Judicial Officers. She has also completed three-day courses in “Mediating Complex Construction Disputes”, "Mediating the Complex Case", and the two-day course “Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution” offered by the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University.