Hon. Catherine A. Gallagher (Ret.) is known for her wealth of experience in dispute resolution as a mediator, arbitrator, Judge Pro Tem, discovery master, and neutral evaluator. Judge Gallagher has handled a broad spectrum of cases, including business and commercial disputes, family law, probate, financial markets and personal injury. She is lauded for her intelligence and tenacity, and her ability to navigate through complex issues in order to bring parties together and reach efficient resolution.
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Before joining JAMS, Judge Gallagher was on the Santa Clara County Superior Court for over 25 years including a two-year term as the Presiding Judge. During her time with the Superior Court, she served in every division giving her experience in many diverse areas of the law and providing her with great insight into how to resolve cases with a wide variety of personalities. Before her appointment to the bench she worked in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, was a Deputy District Attorney and taught at the University of Santa Clara.
ADR Experience and Qualifications
- Mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases in a variety of practice areas as a full time neutral at JAMS
- Served 25 years as a trial court judge where she resolved thousands of cases
- Handled law and motion matters, trials, settlement conferences, and case management conferences
- Taught judicial skills to bench officers through the California Center for Judicial Education and Research and the California Judges Association
- Resolved discovery disputes as discovery judge for all civil departments
Misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and related claims arising from the design of a heart stent brought against two cardiologists who eventually sold the design to a major pharmaceutical company
Custom floor adhesive product allegedly failed to perform as promised after shipment to distribution points through the United States
Former employee claimed employment discrimination due to miscarriage and pregnancy related issues against Swiss pharmaceutical company doing business in the United States
Wrongful termination case involving hostile, sexually charged workplace in traditionally male dominated industry
Presided over the Family Law calendar managing Orders to Show Cause, Judicial Custody Conferences, Settlement Conferences, trials, and ex partes
Extensive experience with spousal and child support, property division, business evaluation and classification of income and assets
Accountant/ CPA liability for tax returns of a high net worth real estate developer with significant tax losses due to operation of an Arabian horse racing farm and breeding facility and with substantial gains from sale of major South Bay shopping center
Podiatrist/surgeon liability- misalignment of toes; Breast cancer – failure to diagnose brought against radiologist by mother of two pre- teenage boys; Reynaud’s Syndrome-failure to properly treat grocery store clerk
Trusts and Estates
Resolved claims of undue influence and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with wills and trusts
Helped parties settle conflicts between stepmother and adult children, sibling disagreements, trustee and conservator of estate disputes