Richard J. Gallo

Senior Partner

P:212-683-7100 ext. 227

Meet Richard

Richard J. Gallo, a founding member of the Firm, has 30 years of experience in defending high profile and complex litigation in both State and Federal Court. He specializes in multiple party construction litigation, premises liability including dram shop litigation, transportation and insurance coverage matters. He also works directly with several Lloyds of London Syndicates in the defense of their general liability matters and assists the various Syndicates in reducing legal expenses and increasing profits overall.

Richard has successfully tried over 100 cases in both New York and New Jersey Courts. Over the past several years, he has earned a reputation among many of his clients for his trial preparedness and he has recently been transferred several high profile matters on the eve of trial.  His victories include successfully trying high profile multi-million dollar cases for various well known New York City restaurants and bar establishments, which have garnered national and regional headlines.  Founding the firm’s emergency response team for the NY and NJ area bars and restaurants, Richard has brought to the forefront the importance of preservation of key materials and witnesses to the successful defense of dram shop litigation in NY and NJ.

Richard is also a founding member of the Themis Advocates Group, a national organization of approximately 25 top tier defense litigation firms nationwide.  Themis member firms can be found in almost every major city in the US.  Themis provides its clients with the most skilled, aggressive and cost-efficient legal services by maintaining a national network of preeminent law firms that share information, procedures, technology, and client feedback. One of the cornerstones of the organization is the active participation of its clients and members alike at the multiple industry wide events which support meaningful communications year round. Themis participation by its clients continues to grow since its inception 10 years ago. The Annual Themis Mock Trial is attended by hundreds of insurance professionals in the industry every year nationwide.

Richard’s legal articles have been published in the New York Law Journal and he is a frequent lecturer on various insurance defense topics at insurance companies and claims associations nationwide.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Accident
  • Insurance Coverage and Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation


  • New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1989, cum laude

Professional Affiliations

  • Themis Advocates Group, Founding Member
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar