Ronnie Gallina

Ronnie Bernon Gallina, Esq.

JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator

Case Manager
John Graber
T: 212-607-2765
620 8th Ave, 34th Floor, New York, New York 10018


Ronnie Bernon Gallina, Esq. has successfully mediated thousands of disputes ranging in type and complexity. She is an accomplished dispute resolution professional and enjoys a well-earned reputation for being dedicated to the issue at hand. She is tenacious, knowledgeable and fair. Ronnie does not shy away from trying circumstances, including contentious relationships between counsel or adversarial exchanges by parties with opposing interests. She will work through these nuances to achieve the best resolution possible for all parties involved.

Ronnie is a specialist in mediating medical malpractice claims. She has successfully brought hundreds of medical malpractice suits to resolution working with major hospital systems and insurers. She is respected for her meticulous preparation and experienced perspective in resolving these cases. She also has an expertise in mediating claims by disabled professionals against their long term disability insurers.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Served on the panels of several Alternative Dispute Resolution companies before joining JAMS in 2008

Representative Matters

  • Medical Malpractice
    • Mediated cases involving claimed negligence on the parts of physicians, hospitals, dentists, physical therapists and medical technicians
    • Mediated labor and delivery, surgical, informed consent, and emergency department liability cases
    • Mediated settlement of claims asserted against nursing homes in connection with the care of elderly patients who developed decubitus ulcers
  • Insurance Claims Disputes
    • Disability: Mediated long term disability insurance disputes including claims governed by The Employment Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”)
    • Coverage Disputes
    • Property damage
    • Construction defects
    • Subrogation
  • Business/Commerical
    • Experience mediating class action lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
    • Commercial contracts disputes
    • Partnership dissolution disputes
    • Employment matters
  • Labor Law
    • Mediated hundreds of labor law cases involving catastrophic injuries to plaintiffs involving New York Labor Law Sections 240(1), 241(6) and 200, many of which included complex insurance issues among co-defendants
  • Maritime
    • Mediated cases involving injuries aboard sea vessels
    • Mediated cases arising under the Jones Act
  • Personal Injury
    • Aviation
    • Motor vehicle
    • Premises liability
    • Maritime law
    • Jones Act
    • Tortious Acts
    • Lead paint
    • Mold and dust exposure
  • Professional Malpractice
    • Mediated legal malpractice claims as well as matters involving architects and insurance agents/brokers
  • Toxic Torts
    • Cases involving personal injury due to exposure to lead paint and mold
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Named Top Ten Mediator in New York by The New York Law Journal, 2010-2013
  • Named Top Arbitrator in The New York Law Journal, 2013
  • Lecturer on settlement and mediation for New York State Trial Lawyers, New York State Bar Association and numerous insurance companies
  • Achieving Legal Excellence Award, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1997
  • Member, New York State Bar, New York State Trial Lawyers Associations
  • Bar Admissions: Southern District of New York; Eastern District of New York; Supreme Court of the United States; New York, First Department; Florida
  • Mediator and Arbitrator, various Alternative Dispute Resolution organizations, 2003-2008
  • Managing Attorney, Gallina & Connolly, and Attorney of Record for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
  • Trial Attorney, Lester, Schwab, Katz & Dwyer, New York, NY
  • Trial Attorney, Travelers Insurance Company, Coral Gables, Florida
  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law
  • B.A., Boston University

Counsel Comments

    • "...I felt your performance as the mediator was absolutely terrific. You took the time to learn the facts and to maneuver both sides to a place where the case was settled without the need of a two-week trial. You were perceptive and convincing, qualities that I greatly appreciated. I will gladly refer anyone with a mediation issue to you as I feel you actually know what you are doing and accrdingly the results are outstanding.” 
      - Prominent NY Health Care Defense Attorney
    • “I have used so many mediators and Ronnie is one of the best. She takes her time to listen to my clients’ complaints and concerns and makes them feel that she is on THEIR side. She has a kind compassionate temperament which his perfect for these situations. After a session with Ronnie, my clients feel that they have had “their day in Court” and are emotionally ready to resolve her case.  I would use her on ANY case.” 
      - Prominent NY Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs Attorney
    • “When I have a mediation before Ronnie, I am confident that she knows the facts, the law and the personalities of the all involved and will work tirelessly to bring the sides together in a fair and reasoned manner. She also possesses a rare gift for a mediator, empathy. By understanding the perspective of the parties, the attorneys and carriers, she is uniquely suited to resolve the most complex and most emotional cases.” 
      - Prominent NY Defense Attorney
    • "I have done well over two dozen difficult mediations in medical malpractice cases with Ms. Gallina. She is consistently well prepared and energetic. Her clear and unswerving goal is to achieve a settlement and she meets that goal almost every time. I am constantly impressed with Ms. Gallina’s enthusiastic approach and her stamina to get the job done, no matter how long it takes or how hard she has to work. She is creative in her arguments and very persuasive. She relates very well to vastly divergent personalities, is empathetic and kind, yet tough and resolute. She has an excellent temperament and is very patient. Ms. Gallina is charming, real, down to earth and a very quick study. She is well liked by both plaintiffs and defendants, which shows her impartiality and dedication to a successful mediation. Ms. Gallina is the quintessential mediator; a hardworking, smart person with great analytic skills and an engaging personality.”
      - Prominent NY Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney
    • “This note is to discuss my opinion of Ronnie B. Gallina as a mediator. Our firm handles plaintiffs’ personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. Ronnie Gallina has completed four mediations for us to date. In three of the four cases, the defense attorney requested that we use her as a mediator. I have found her to be totally impartial, extraordinarily intelligent and knowledgeable in the analysis of personal injury cases, and extremely fair in her recommendations for settlement. She is not afraid to tell either side that an argument is inappropriate, and she has a totally practical outlook which has resulted in settlements of each of the cases that we have had before her. She is a person who should be extremely beneficial to any attorney on either side of the fence who wants a fair and intelligent analysis of his or her case and a mediator with strong “people skills” who can effectuate a settlement.”
      - Partner at prominent New York Personal Injury Law Firm
    • “Thank you for recently mediating to conclusion several difficult cases for our organization.... Without your remarkable people skills and critical analysis these matters would not have been resolved without lengthy further litigation. Each of the Parties respected your insight, knowledge of our practice area, integrity and most of all practicality. Your efforts did result in settlements that all parties could accept. We look forward to working with you again.”
      - Sr. Home Office Analyst
    • "It was a pleasure working with you on this case. I really appreciate your efforts in getting this matter resolved. I have notified my superiors that your style, skill, effort, commitment and experience as a litigator were the reasons we were able to resolve the matter at that number. Your efforts did result in settlements that all parties could accept. We look forward to working with you again.”
      - Claims Director
    • “I have been practicing law for over thirty-five years, have participated in scores of mediations and negotiated hundreds of cases. In my opinion, there is no better nor more skilled mediator than Ronnie Gallina. I have mediated numerous cases with Ronnie Gallina that have included cases with complex legal and medical issues. I do not recall any case that I have mediated with her which has not resolved at mediation. Ms. Gallina’s preparation is always impeccable. She studies all submissions, including exhibits, and asks relevant, probing questions of all parties. She understands the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s position. It is my experience that Ronnie Gallina’s demeanor, temperament, intelligence and persistence to achieve a fair and just result that all parties are happy with have been the hallmark of her success as a mediator.”
      - Experienced New York Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney
    • “Ms. Gallina is tenacious--she pursued a settlement days after the mediation and was successful.”



Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Business Commercial
  • Construction
  • Labor Law
  • Insurance
  • Maritime/Admiralty
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice


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