Christine Gale

Christine Gale

Shareholder
Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Phone:
412-471-5918
Fax:
412-471-7351
Email:

Ms. Gale is a shareholder with the Pittsburgh firm of Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko, & Pocrass, P.C. She handles complex family law cases involving equitable distribution, pension and business valuation, support, alimony, custody and adoption matters throughout Pennsylvania in both trial court and appellate courts. Ms. Gale has authored numerous articles for semi-annual Pennsylvania Bar Association's Family Law workshops and is a regular author and panelist for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Since 1997, Ms. Gale has annually served as author and speaker on the topic of alimony at the Family Law Update for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She currently serves in the official capacity of Past Chair for the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Family Law Section and has served on three sessions as a Council member for the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Ms. Gale co-authored the Pennsylvania Family Practice Manual with Frederick N. Frank, Esquire, in 1990; authored the Tax Aspects of Divorce in Pennsylvania in 1993; and regularly lectured for the Law for the People seminar sponsored by the Allegheny County Bar Association. She serves on the Board of Directors for Smokefree Pennsylvania and for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Gale received her B.A. in 1975 from the Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctorate with honors in 1981 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Child Custody

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2005

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence cum laude - May, 1981
    • Honors: Participated in the Appellate Moot Court competition
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1975
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Liberal Arts

Published Works

  • Pennsylvania Family Practice Manual (Co-Authored with Frederick N. Frank), January, 1990
  • Author, Tax Aspects of Divorce in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 1993
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, First Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 1997 – 1366
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Second Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 1998 – 2108
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Third Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 1999 – 2345
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Fourth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2000 – 2556
  • Author/Speaker, “Alimony Primer: How Much? How Long?”, Co-authored with John Rogala Evanoff, Family Law Section Summer Meeting, Vol. I., PBI No. 2001 – 2828
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Fifth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2001 – 2841(R)
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Sixth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2002 – 3143
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Seventh Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2003 – 3302
  • Speaker/Panelist, Tax Consequences of Divorce: Avoiding the Pitfalls, PBI No. 2003 – 3414
  • Speaker/Panelist, Fundamentals of Family Law, PBI No. 2004 – 3521
  • Speaker/Panelist, Family Law Section Winter Meeting, PBI No. 2004 – 3588, 2004
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony, Counsel Fees and Support Guidelines Update, Eighth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2004 – 3611
  • Author/Speaker, Custody Relocation Update, Family Law Section Summer Meeting, PBI No. 2004-3777
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony, Counsel Fees and Support Guidelines Update, Ninth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2005 – 4068
  • Author/Speaker, Amendments to the Divorce Code: One Year Later, Family Law Section Winter Meeting, PBI No. 2006 – 4216
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Tenth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2006 – 4446
  • Author/Speaker, “Hitting the Jackpot: Addressing Tax Issues in a Winning Way”, Family Law Section Winter Meeting, PBI No. 2007 – 4795, 2007
  • Author/Speaker, “Hitting the Jackpot: Addressing Tax Issues in a Winning Way”, 2nd Annual Family Law Institute, PBI No. 2007 – 4795
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Eleventh Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2007 – 4921
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony Cases, Family Law Section Winter Meeting, PBI No. 2008 – 5185, 2008
  • Speaker, Legislative Update, Family Law Section Summer and Winter Meeting
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Twelfth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2008 – 5424
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Thirteenth Annual Family Law Update, PB I No. 2009 – 5975
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony Issues and Practical Applications, Sophisticated Issues for Family Lawyers, PBI No. 2010 – 6313
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Fourteenth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2010 – 6436
  • Speaker/Moderator, Cocktail Party Chatter, PBI No. 2010-6599
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Fifteenth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2011 – 7009
  • Author/Speaker, Alimony and Counsel Fees, Sixteenth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2012 – 7342
  • Speaker, Seventeenth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2013 - 7942
  • Author/Speaker, Sophisticated Issues for Family Lawyers, PBI No. 2013 - 8013
  • Speaker, As Family Court Judges See It Seminar, National Business Institute, Spring, 2014
  • Speaker, Eighteenth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2014 – 8398
  • Speaker, Nineteenth Annual Family Law Update, PBI No. 2015 - 9025
  • Author/Speaker, Tax Aspects of Family Law, Family Law Section, winter meeting 2016
  • Bridge the Gap – Basic Family Law Practice – Allegheny County Bar Association – 1983-1985
  • Law for the People – A Course for Non-Lawyers Allegheny County Bar Association – 1991-1998
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Opinions Committee – since 1985 have authored capsule summaries and headnotes for published cases
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Case Notes Author for Family Lawyer

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, Alimony, Family Law Update for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1997 - Present
  • Law for the People Seminar, Allegheny County Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 1981 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law, Council Member, 1981 - Present
  • Women's Center and Shelter of Gr. Pittsburgh, Bd. of Dir., 1981 - 1983
  • Smokefree Pennsylvania, Shareholder and Boardmember, 1990 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Council Member
  • Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors, 2013 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, Council Member, 2007 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, Co-Chair of Legislation Committee, 2008 - 2009
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2012 - 2013

Past Employment Positions

  • Feldstein Grinberg Stein & McKee, Shareholder and Department Head – Family Law
  • Raphael, Ramsden & Behers, P.C.
  • Baskin, Flaherty, Elliott & Mannino, P.C., Shareholder – Family Law, 1989
  • Hyatt Legal Services
  • Scott & Vogrin
  • Child Advocacy Legal Aid, 1980