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Katherine L. Gallo

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Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Foster City, CA

Law Office of Katherine L. Gallo
969-G Edgewater Blvd Suite 345
Foster City, CA 94404
Phone: 650-571-1011
Fax: 650-571-0793
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1986
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution
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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:

  • High Rise Construction Defect and Fraud
  • Construction Delay and Fraud
  • Construction Defect and Fraud
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Product Liability
  • Class Action
  • Personal Injury
  • Wage and Hour
  • Sexual Molestation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Wrongful Termination,  Sexual Harassment and Age Discrimination
  • Probate
  • Family Law

For the last 25 years, Katherine has been giving seminars on Discovery, written Discovery articles, and currently authors a blog on Discovery: 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.

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About Katherine L. Gallo

First Admitted: 1986, California

Professional Webpage:

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
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Office Location for Katherine L. Gallo

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

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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