Katherine L. Gallo

Top rated Alternative Dispute Resolution attorney in Foster City, California

Law Office of Katherine L. Gallo
Katherine L. Gallo
Law Office of Katherine L. Gallo

Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Licensed in California since: 1986

Education: University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024

Law Office of Katherine L. Gallo

969-G Edgewater Blvd Suite 345
Foster City, CA 94404 Phone: 650-571-1011 Email: Katherine L. Gallo Visit website


Since 1994, Katherine has acted as a private Discovery Referee or Special Master. She has been appointed by the Court or selected by the parties in over 300 hotly contested, complex litigated civil matters. Assignments have come by stipulation and Court Assignments from the Superior Courts throughout California. The representative cases handled as a Discovery Referee include the following:

  • Business Disputes
  • Construction Defect, Construction Claims, Delay and Fraud
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Family Law Community Property Issues 
  • Financial Elder Abuse
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith   
  • Multi-Party Product Liability
  • Partnership Dissolutions
  • Partition actions
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Probate
  • Sexual Molestation and Abuse
  • Wage and Hour claims
  • Wrongful Termination, Sexual and Racial Discrimination

For the last 25 years, Katherine has been giving seminars on Discovery, written Discovery articles, and currently authors a blog on Discovery: resolvingdiscoverydisputes.com. She also provides in-house training on the Discovery process. Since 2019, Katherine has served as a contributor to the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), writing Discovery blogs and forms and speaking in numerous Discovery seminars.

Katherine Gallo has been approved by the California State Bar as an MCLE Provider. Over the last 25 years, she has given over fifty seminars on Discovery. She has also developed a six-part Discovery Boot Camp training paralegals and young lawyers on how to create a Discovery Plan, propounding and responding to Discovery, drafting Discovery motions, and how to obtain sanctions.

For over 25 years, Katherine has also served as a Mediator and Pro Tem Settlement Conference Judge in over 500 cases with a settlement rate of 90%. She has served on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Panels for the Superior Courts of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. 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.

For more information, please refer to discoveryreferee.com

First Admitted: 1986, California

Professional Webpage: https://discoveryreferee.com/

Educational Background:
  • Strauss Institute, Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution and Law Practice, 2018Bar Association of San Francisco Attorney/Client Fee Arbitration Training, 2014San Francisco and Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Training, 2010-12ABA Dispute Resolution Conference, 2010ABA Dispute Resolution Conference, 2008Strauss Institute, Mediating the Complex Case, 2007Strauss Institute, Mediating Complex Construction Disputes2006 Rosenberg Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training, 1996 
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California State Bar Association 1986, Italian American Bar Association, California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB),  California State Bar Approved MCLE Provider, Judge Pro Tem for San Francisco Superior Court  
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • California State Bar MCLE Provider
  • Membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an invitation-only association of experienced mediators and arbitrators , National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Building a Discovery Plan - A Product Defect Case", Continuing Education of the Bar, July 2021 "The Discovery Act Applies in Family Law", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Spring 2021 Symposium, 2021 "Discovery Boot Camp - A Six Part Series", In House Seminar, August 2020 and January 2021 "ADC Basic Training Series--Discovery", ADC, September 2020 "New Rules of Civil Discovery", CEB, August 2020 "Justice Need not be Delayed", CLM, October 2020, CEB August 2020, ADC, July 2020, California Judges Association, June 2020 "New Rules of Civil Discovery", CEB, August 2020 "The Discovery Act Applies to Family Law", Bay Area Legal Aid, September 2016, Speaker
Industry Groups:
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate and Family Law
  • Real Estate

Office location for Katherine L. Gallo

969-G Edgewater Blvd Suite 345
Foster City, CA 94404


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024

Certificates and credentials

Additional sources of information about Katherine L. Gallo

Attorney resources for Katherine L. Gallo

Page Generated: 0.13918876647949 sec