Handling complex cases
“Michael can talk to doctors, scientists, engineers, and other professionals in their language,” says R. Lewis Van Blois, attorney and founder of the Van Blois Law Firm. “At the same time, he’s able to present evidence through these witnesses in a way that’s easily understood and in a compelling fashion that resonates with jurors.”
Gatto developed these trial skills initially as a prosecutor when he tried almost 100 jury trials and more than 150 bench trials. Next, he began his career in civil law defending doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice actions. Over the last 19 years, Gatto has successfully handled catastrophic personal injury cases, including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, amputation, and burn injuries, as well as wrongful death cases.
Having worked so closely with both the legal precedent and medical testimony, Gatto’s experience and relationships with numerous physicians
“Physicians can appear standoffish or wary of taking a position,” says Van Blois. “But Michael can talk to them on their level, guiding them to the heart of
In addition to a depth and breadth of medical knowledge his colleagues describe as “encyclopedic,” Gatto has extensive experience with complex litigation that gets results. In 2014, he received one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Contra Costa County history. And this expertise is reflected in honors and awards he’s received, such as the 2018 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury
“This award is an honor,” says Gatto. “Recognition by one’s peers is a tremendous compliment. I’m pleased that my passion and enthusiasm for helping injured people is respected.”