Catherine Gale L'78
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Catherine Gale L'78

Catherine Gale L'78

CATHERINE GALE is a 1978 cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law. She also holds a B.A. from Syracuse University, an R.N. degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing and an M.P.A. in Health Planning from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  While at the College of Law, Ms. Gale was a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society and Moot Court.

Ms. Gale began her legal career in Syracuse at Mackenzie Smith Lewis Michell & Hughes, LLP, (now Mackenzie Hughes).  She worked there from 1978 to 1997 and, as a partner, served as head of the Malpractice Defense Unit. In 1997, she began Gale & Dancks, with current Federal Court Magistrate Judge Thérèse Wiley Dancks, L’91.  The firm has since become Gale Gale & Hunt, LLC.  Ms. Gale’s litigation-based firm focuses on the representation of health care providers in malpractice litigation, licensure issues, risk management, insurance coverage and administrative hearings. She also defends individuals and corporations in personal injury and products liability cases involving claims of catastrophic loss as well as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

In addition to being licensed in New York, Ms. Gale is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, and the United States Supreme Court.  She is a member of numerous bar associations and professional organizations such as the American Health Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute.  Ms. Gale also serves as a member of the Judicial Hearing Officer Selection Committee for the 4th Department Appellate Division, NYS and on several boards and committees. She has taught at several local higher education institutions including the College of Law, SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, Department of Nursing (Master program), Cazenovia College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has also shared her knowledge and experience at numerous workshops and seminars to hospitals and healthcare facilities.

In addition to achieving a Martindale–Hubbell "AV" Rating, Ms. Gale has received numerous awards and honors from the American College of Trial Attorneys, Litigation Counsel of America, the American Board of Trial Attorneys and CNY Women in Business. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers® 2008-2013 and as a Top 25 Female Litigator for Upstate NY.

Related Links:

Glae Gale & Hunt
American Health Lawyers Association
American College of Trial Lawyers

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