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Katherine L. Gallo Esq., Mediator & Arbitrator, Foster City, California.

Katherine L. Gallo Esq.

Discovery Referee/Special Master/Mediator
969G Edgewater Blvd., Suite 345
Foster City, CA 94404
Tel: (650) 571-1011
Fax: (650) 571-0793
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 1994
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Katherine Gallo is an expert in complex discovery issues and is actively involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a Discovery Referee, Mediator and Arbitrator in Northern California since 1994. Ms. Gallo is known for her extensive discovery seminars, in house discovery training, and go-to blog on pre-trial discovery. Since 2010, she has authored a blog on discovery titled "Resolving Discovery Disputes--Using Discovery to Reach Evaluation, Mediation and Trial Goals".

Ms. Gallo has served as a court appointed or party selected private Discovery Referee or Special Master in over 300 hotly litigated matters concerning complex issues in business, construction defect, 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, many with multiple party litigants, including class actions. Well known to the judiciary, her court appointments in complex matters have come from the Superior Courts throughout the State.

Ms. Gallo has mediated or acted as a pro tem settlement judge in over 500 matters with a 90% settlement rate. Ms. Gallo takes pride in accomplishing the parties’ and the courts’ objectives with regard to impartiality, timeliness and accuracy.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


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

Strauss Institute, Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution, 2018

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 and Contra Costa 
  • Pro-Tem Discovery Judge and Discovery Facilitator for San Francisco and Contra Costa Superior Courts

Rates Information

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

$450 per hour - fee split between the parties

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