Ronnie Bernon Gallina, Esq.

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Ronnie Bernon Gallina, Esq. is an accomplished dispute resolution professional who enjoys a well-earned reputation for being hardworking, knowledgeable and fair. She has specialized in complex disputes resolution as a full-time mediator and arbitrator since 2003.

Her prior experience as a litigator and attorney of record for a major property and casualty insurance company provided her with a unique perspective for resolving disputes.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

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

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrations
    • Claims for damages for personal injuries
    • Allocation of risk between insurers in a lead paint exposure case
    • Cases arising under the Jones Act 
  • Business/Commercial
    • Experience mediating class action lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
    • Commercial contracts disputes
    • Partnership dissolution disputes
    • Employment matters
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
    • Disability
    • Subrogation
    • Property damage
    • Construction defects
    • Coverage disputes
  • 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
  • Medical and Medical Malpractice 
    • Mediated cases involving claimed negligence on the parts of physicians, hospitals, dentists, physical therapists and medical technicians
    • Mediated settlement of claims asserted against nursing homes in connection with the care of elderly patients who developed decubitus ulcers
  • 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

Comments from Counsel

  • “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

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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


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