1 KATHERINE L. GALLO Discvery Referee/Special Master/Mediatr 969G Edgewater Blvd., Suite 345 Fster City, CA Office Fax PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1994 t present: Discvery Referee, Special Master, Mediatr and Arbitratr Since 1994, served as a curt assigned r party selected private Discvery Referee r Special Master in ver 200 htly cntested, cmplex litigated matters in the fields f business, insurance, cnstructin, emplyment, real estate, family law and persnal injury. These assignments have cme frm the Superir Curts f Alameda, Cntra Csta, Ls Angeles, Sacrament, San Benit, San Jaquin, San Francisc, San Mate Santa Clara and Snma cunties. Handled ver 500 cases as a Mediatr r Pr-tem Settlement Judge with a settlement rate in excess f 90% in the areas f real prperty (including eminent dmain, easements and cmmissins), persnal injury, prduct liability, elder abuse, cnstructin defect (including liens and cnstructin peratins lsses), emplyment (including wrngful terminatin, discriminatin, harassment and wage and hur claims), business disputes, mrtgage and freclsure matters and Lemn Law t present Funder-Authr at Blgging n hw t use discvery t reach yur evaluatin, mediatin and trial gals. The blg has statutry authrity and current case law, allwing attrneys t use the blg fr research t determine what their bligatins are in prpunding and respnding t discvery t present Pr-Tem Judge fr Settlement Cnferences and Discvery Disputes Cnducted mandatry settlement cnferences fr Cntra Csta, San Mate and San Francisc Superir Curts. Acted as a Pr Tem Discvery Judge fr San Francisc Superir Curt and a Discvery Facilitatr fr Cntra Csta Superir Curt t present Speaker and Trainer n Califrnia Discvery Speaking and prviding interactive training n discvery n issues ranging frm develping a discvery plan t serving and respnding t discvery t filing a mtin seeking sanctins Chaired Cnstructin Litigatin Frm Interrgatries Cmmittee Created and led a statewide cmmittee in develping the Judicial Cuncil s Frm Interrgatries fr Cnstructin Litigatin.
2 Katherine L. Gall Page Research Attrney fr Law & Mtin Department f Alameda Cunty Superir Curt. Researched and drafted bench briefs fr Law and Mtin Judge regarding matters n the Law and Mtin Calendar. Respnsible fr all discvery mtins as well as mediating discvery disputes Litigatin Attrney. Respnsible fr case lad f 60 active files in the areas f persnal injury, prduct liability and cmmercial litigatin. EDUCATION Prfessinal Training: Bar Assciatin f San Francisc Attrney/Client Fee Arbitratin Training, 2014 San Francisc and Santa Clara Superir Curt Judge Pr Tem Training, ABA Dispute Reslutin Cnference, 2010 ABA Dispute Reslutin Cnference, 2008 Strauss Institute, Mediating the Cmplex Case, 2007 Strauss Institute, Mediating Cmplex Cnstructin Disputes, 2006 Rsenberg Mediatin and Cnflict Reslutin Training, 1996 Law Schl: McGerge Schl f Law, University f the Pacific Juris Dctrate, 1986 Emphasis: Labr Law Undergraduate: University f Califrnia, Irvine Bachelr f Arts, 1981 Majrs: Plitical Science, Scial Eclgy MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Panel Member f Natinal Academy f Distinguished Neutrals Panel Member f San Francisc Bar Assciatin Attrney/Client Fee Dispute Prgram Pr-Tem Settlement Judge fr the Superir Curts f Cntra Csta and San Francisc. ADR Panel Member fr Alameda, Cntra Csta, San Francisc, Santa Clara, San Mate Superir Curt Arbitratin Panel fr the Superir Curts f Alameda and San Mate Cunties Member f the American Bar Assciatin Member f the San Francisc Bar Assciatin Member f the Santa Clara Bar Assciatin Member f the Italian American Bar Assciatin
3 Katherine L. Gall Page 3 REPRESENTATIVE CASES HANDLED AS A REFEREE OR SPECIAL MASTER Cnstructin Delay and Fraud actin against a majr general cntractr and an architect invlving a design build, multi-prime public wrks prject. Respnsibilities included case management, crdinating discvery, pre-apprval f discvery, rulings during depsitins and rulings n discvery mtins. Persnal Injury actin where passenger fell ff platfrm and was run ver by a train. Claim f driver intxicatin, transit rail platfrm design defect and spliatin f evidence. Respnsibilities included case management, ruling n discvery mtins and in camera review f persnnel dcuments. Prduct Liability case against majr csmetic cmpany invlving claims f facial burns and permanent scarring frm prduct usage. Respnsibilities included ruling n discvery mtins, in camera review f custmer cmplaints t review third party privacy and relevance prir t prductin and supervising ntice t thse custmers pursuant t Clnial Life (31 Cal. 3d 785). Class Actin invlving claims f fraud against life insurance cmpanies marketing life insurance plicies as annuities. Respnsibilities included case management, rulings n discvery mtins and Clnial Life ntice t class members. Wage and Hur claims by 240 managers against a chain retail stre. Respnsibilities included case management, ruling n discvery mtins, utlining prcedure fr trial and settlement negtiatins. Cnstructin Defect and Fraud claim against develper, experts, insurance cmpany and law firm fr alleged fraudulent settlements f prir cnstructin defect claims. Respnsibilities included case management, ruling n discvery mtins, utlining prcedure fr trial and settlement negtiatins. Sexual Mlestatin actin. Respnsibilities included ruling n claims f attrney-client, marital, physician-patient, psychtherapist-patient, clergy-penitent and self-incriminatin privileges at depsitins. Legal Malpractice actin fr failure t file an internatinal patent fr bi-tech cmpany. Respnsibilities included case management, ruling n discvery mtins and rulings during depsitins. Class Actin invlving the management f several limited real estate partnerships thrughut the cuntry and challenging the merger f tw publicly traded cmpanies. Respnsibilities included case management, rulings at depsitin and rulings n discvery mtins. Wrngful Terminatin, Sexual Harassment and Age Discriminatin cases. Respnsibilities included case management, rulings at depsitins, in camera review f persnnel recrds and rulings n discvery mtins. Family Law cases. Respnsibilities have included curt-supervised sale f prperty, case management, and rulings n discvery mtins and trial issues.
4 Katherine L. Gall Page 4 CASES HANDLED AS A MEDIATOR/PRO TEM JUDGE Persnal Injury Prduct Liability Emplyment (wrngful terminatin, discriminatin and wage and hur claims) Elder Abuse Cnstructin Defect (including liens and cnstructin peratins lsses) Real Prperty (including eminent dmain, easements and cmmissins) Prfessinal Malpractice Prbate Lemn Law Business Disputes (including cmmercial cntracts and partnership disslutins) Mrtgage/Freclsure disputes Landlrd/Tenant SEMINARS GIVEN Civility in the Curtrm Series Part I f IV: Discvery Bar Assciatin f San Francisc, March 2014 "Sanctins Denied" Santa Clara Trial Lawyers, Nvember 2013 In Huse Seminar fr Brtn Petrini, Octber 2013 San Mate Cunty Bar Assciatin, Octber 2012 "New Trends in the Investigatin and Discvery f a Cnstructin Defect Claim MC Cnsultants 19 th Annual West Regin Cnstructin Litigatin and Insurance Cverage Seminar Reginal Seminar - September 2013 "The Insurer's and Defense Cunsel's Perspective--New Trends in the Investigatin and Discvery f a Cnstructin Defect Claim" CLM Webinair July 2013 "Frm Interrgatries fr Cnstructin Litigatin What it means t yu" In huse seminar, April 2012 In huse seminar, March 2012 In huse seminar, Nvember 2012 Discvery Plans -The First 200 Days ADC Back t Basics Seminars September 2011 In Huse seminar fr Van De Pel & Levy - July 2006 In Huse seminar fr Paul Hastings - July 2005 E-Discvery is Discvery It s Just Anther File Cabinet Santa Clara Bar Assciatin, May 2011
5 Katherine L. Gall Page 5 E-Discvery Are Yu Ready? Santa Clara Cunty Bar Assciatin January 2009 Emerging Trends in ADR fr Califrnia Cnstructin Litigatin ABA 10 th Annual Sectin f Dispute Reslutin Spring Cnference - April 2008 The Critical Path t Reslutin The First 200 Days Lrman Seminar, San Jse - Octber 2007 Emerging Trends in Cmplex Litigatin: Litigating in the Brave New Wrld After Jeld-Wen Santa Clara Bar Assciatin - September 2007 The Aftermath f Jeld-Wen In huse seminar fr Wd, Smith, Henning & Berman - February 2007 The Special Master Prgram--Is it Getting the Jb Dne? 11th Annual AIG-CS Cnstructin Defect Seminar - May 2006 Ethics f Discvery Queens Bench f San Francisc Cunty Bar Assciatin Octber 2002 Santa Clara Cunty Bar Assciatin - December 1996 Hw t Win Yur Discvery Mtins San Mate Cunty Bar Assciatin June 1999 What Yu Shuld Knw Befre Yu Take a Depsitin San Mate Clara Cunty Bar Assciatin April 11, 1997 Hw t Ethically and Strategically Prpund and Respnd t Discvery San Mate Cunty Bar Assciatin Octber 1996 Santa Clara Cunty Bar Assciatin - Nvember 1995 The D's and Dn'ts f Discvery San Mate Cunty Bar Assciatin - Nvember 1994 Santa Clara Cunty Bar Assciatin - July 1995
6 Katherine L. Gall Page 6 PUBLISHED ARTICLES What a Mediatr Wuld Like t See in a Mediatin Brief March 2014 BASF Bulletin--Bar Assciatin f San Francisc Requests fr Admissins Tricky Little Discvery Devices February 2013 BASF Bulletin--Bar Assciatin f San Francisc Sanctins Denied! January/February The Frum Cnsumer Attrneys f Califrnia Hw t Write Requests fr Admissins January/February 2012 The Dcket San Mate Cunty Bar Assciatin Answering Requests fr Admissin--Beware f Traps. January/February 2012 The Dcket San Mate Cunty Bar Assciatin It Is T Relevant! April/May 2011 The Dcket San Mate Cunty Bar Assciatin Preparing and Oppsing Mtins t Cmpel? Fall Cmment Magazine Assc. f Defense Cunsel f N. Cal. Let the Games Begin. May/June 2010 The Dcket San Mate Cunty Bar Assciatin The 1986 Discvery Act Is it Wrking? Fall Cmment Magazine Assc. f Defense Cunsel f N. Cal. There s This Case That Says... (Depsitins) Octber 2007 The Dcket San Mate Cunty Bar Assciatin The Cdes They Are a Changin May The Frum Cnsumer Attrneys f Califrnia Ops! Nw What D I D? April The Frum Cnsumer Attrneys f Califrnia I Have This Great Dctr Yu Gtta See August/September The Dcket San Mate Bar Assciatin D Yu Have All Yur Ducks (Experts) in a Rw? Nvember/December The Dcket San Mate Bar Assciatin The Ultimate Discvery Outline May/June The Dcket San Mate Bar Assciatin
7 Katherine L. Gall Page 7 Why Aren t Yu Using Requests fr Admissins? January/February The Dcket San Mate Bar Assciatin Let the Other Guy D the Wrk What Parts f Litigatin-Related Investigatins are nt Prtected frm Disclsure? Nvember/December The Dcket San Mate Bar Assciatin Five f the Mst Annying Discvery Objectins by Oppsing Cunsel and the Rulings That Are Sure T Fllw. August/September The Dcket San Mate Bar Assciatin