Robert C. Gallo

Judge Robert C. Gallo, Retired

310 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219


Contract, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Probate, Trusts and Estates, Wills

Attorney At Law – Certified Mediator

Arbitration – General Law – Active Listening


Accomplished attorney, judge and mediator with more than 25 years of judicial experience, 15+ years of direct legal practice, and a pre-practice background in the steel, real estate, and finance industries.  Expertise in wide range of general law areas, including personal injury, product liability, construction, medical/professional malpractice, estate and probate, real estate, commercial, and criminal law.  Trustworthy, reliable mediator with superb people handling and active listening skills, as well as the ability to manage conflict and arbitrate disagreements.  Thrives in environments that involve direct interaction with people.


Key Skills




People Handling

Neutral Evaluations

Estate & Probate Law

Real Estate Law

Commercial Law

Criminal Law

Personal Injury Law

Product Liability Law

Construction Law

Malpractice Law


judicial Experience


Allegheny Court of Common Pleas – Civil Division & Criminal Division

Pittsburgh, PA


During a distinguished judicial career, heard, mediated and adjudicated a wide variety of criminal and civil cases ranging from personal injury, complex commercial matters, and medical malpractice to simple assault and homicide.


  • Presided over criminal cases ranging from simple assault to homicide.
  • Presided over, settled, and conciliated more than 2,000 civil cases (personal injury and product liability, medical malpractice, professional malpractice, partnerships, businesses, not to compete agreements, commercial construction and real estate).
  • Most noteworthy cases include:

-          A $7M verdict in the case of a malfunctioning fire truck, where a defective part broke and jammed the transmission, which rendered the truck incapable of shifting gears as it careened down a hill, ultimately killing one person, permanently disabling another, and seriously injuring five others.

-          A $9M verdict with an additional $5M in delay damages on behalf of the victim of a prescription error, in which the pharmacist supplied a prescription drug that was similar to rat poison.

Legal & Related Experience


Adjunct Professor

Community College of Allegheny County, PA                                                                   


Taught Employee Benefits, Civil and Criminal Procedure, and Business Law.  Classes averaged 30 to 40 students.



Gallo & Weiner, Pittsburgh PA                                                                                               


As part of a two-attorney general law practice, handled cases involving estate and trust planning and administration, as well as commercial, employment, and probate law.  Argued cases before the Superior Court of Commonwealth of PA and the Commonwealth Court


  • Appointments during this period included the following:

-          Solicitor for the Clerk of Courts, Allegheny County

-          Solicitor for the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN)

-          Solicitor for Hampton Township


  • Tried, and won, six landmark wrongful termination/employee rights cases:

-          Sundo v. Kmart – verdict for plaintiff for wrongful discharge

-          Cashdollar v. Mercy Hospital – verdict in plaintiff’s favor for breach of implied contract

-          Blondi et al. v. USX – award to plaintiffs in reverse sexual discrimination case

-          Underwood v. Kmart – verdict for plaintiff for wrongful discharge

-          Kwiatek v. AT&T Technologies – verdict for plaintiff

-          Banas v. Matthew International – verdict in favor of plaintiff in landmark case involving employee handbook and defamation in the workplace


Early Career Experience includes service as Coordinator, Allegheny County Bureau of Community Development and Northern Regional Director of the Allegheny County Office of Economic Opportunity.




Certified Civil Mediator (Active) – Alternative Group/Behrend

Mediation Services

Certified Judge for Land Use Cases – The National Judicial College


Honors and Awards


Proclamation for 26 Years of Dedicated Service and Judicial Excellence – Allegheny County

Proclamation Establishing Honorable Robert Charles Gallo Day – City of Pittsburgh

Legal Professional of the Year and Inductee – National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

Man of the Year – Allegheny County Boroughs Association



Allegheny County Bar Association

Past Chairman, Allegheny County League of Municipalities

Past Chairman, Allegheny County Boroughs Association

Past Chairman, Municipal Risk Management


Court Admissions


U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeal for Third Circuit

U.S. District Court, Western Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Supreme Court 


Community Leadership & Involvement


Active Member – Sierra Club

Active Member – Knights of Columbus

Past Legal Advisor – Madonna of Jerusalem Catholic Church

Past Mentor of Sixth-Grade Students – Pittsburgh Public Schools

Past National Representative – Italian Sons and Daughters of America

Past Councilman – Borough of Sharpsburg

310 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

P: 412-281-1200
F: 412-281-1244
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