Member Profile: Katherine L. Gallo Esq.

Katherine L. Gallo Esq.
Discovery Referee/Special Master/Mediator
969G Edgewater Blvd., Suite 345
Foster City, CA 94404
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Tel: (650) 571-1011
Fax: (650) 571-0793

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Facilitation & Systems Design; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master; ADR Training/CME


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Katherine L. Gallo Esq. has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Banking & Finance
Civil Rights
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Elder Abuse
Family Businesses
Legal Malpractice
Lemon Law
Libel & Slander
Medical Devices
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Public Policy
Real Estate
Sexual Harassment
Trusts / Estates
Wage & Hour/FMLA
Wrongful Death



Since 1994, owner of the Law Offices of Katherine L. Gallo. As a private Discovery Referee or Special Master, I have been appointed by the Court or selected by the parties in over 200 hotly contested, complex litigated civil matters primarily in the fields of business, insurance, construction, employment, real estate, family law and personal injury. Court assignments have come from the Superior Courts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Francisco, San Mateo Santa Clara and Sonoma counties. 

As a Mediator and Pro-Tem Settlement I have handled over 500 cases with a settlement rate in excess of 90% in the areas of real property (including eminent domain, easements and commissions), personal injury, product liability, elder abuse, construction defect (including liens and construction operations losses), employment (including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and wage and hour claims), business disputes, mortgage and foreclosure matters and Lemon Law. 

For the last 20 years I have been giving seminars on discovery, written discovery articles and now have a blog on discovery called

I also provide in-house training on the discovery process. I take pride in accomplishing the parties’ and the courts’ objectives with regard to impartiality, timeliness and accuracy. For more information you can go to my website at


McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
Juris Doctorate, 1986
University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Arts, 1981

OVER 100 Hours of Mediation training including

Bar Association of San Francisco Attorney/Client Fee Arbitration Training, 2014

San Francisco and Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Training, 2010-2012

ABA Dispute Resolution Conference, 2010

ABA Dispute Resolution Conference, 2008

Strauss Institue, Mediating the Complex Case, 2007

Strauss Institute, Mediating Complex Construction Disputes, 2006

Rosenberg Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training, 1996


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Panel Member of National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Panel Member of San Francisco Bar Association attorney/Client Fee Dispute Program
  • Pro-Tem Settlement Judge for the Superior Courts of San Francisco, San Mateo and Contra Costa 
  • Pro-Tem Discovery Judge and Discovery Facilitator for San Francisco and Contra Costa Superior Courts
  • ADR Panel for Superior Courts of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties.
  • Arbitration Panel for the Superior Courts of Alameda and San Mateo Counties.
  • San Mateo County Superior Court Complex Committee (2005-2008)
  • American Bar Association (2010)
  • San Francisco County Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association 
  • Italian American Bar Association


Discovery Referee / Special Master $400 per hour )
Fees split between the parties involved in the dispute.


  • Two-party-to-four parties $350 per hour
  • More than four parties $400 per hour

Binding Arbitration:
$400 per hour - fee split between the parties (No administrative fee, no minimum or maximum, first two hours of travel time is free)


Katherine L. Gallo Esq. is a member of our CA chapter, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, California's premier roster of preeminent mediators and arbitrators. The CADN profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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