Michael E. Gatto

Top rated personal injury attorney in Walnut Creek, California

Law Office of Michael E. Gatto, PC
Michael E. Gatto
Law Office of Michael E. Gatto, PC

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice; view more

Licensed in California since: 1998

Education: Golden Gate University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013, 2015 - 2023

Law Office of Michael E. Gatto, PC

2540 Camino Diablo
Suite 200
Walnut Creek, CA 94597 Visit website


Attorney Michael E. Gatto is the founder and owner of the Law Office of Michael E. Gatto PC in Walnut Creek, California. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Gatto focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and general civil litigation, and he provides exceptional advocacy and support to clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and all across the state who suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Gatto has achieved significant success fighting for the rights and entitlements of individuals and families adversely affected by motor vehicle accidents, dangerous and defective products, slip-and-fall accidents and unsafe property conditions, dog bites, workplace and construction injuries, birth injuries and medical malpractice, brain and spine injuries, and other preventable tragedies.

From his efforts, Mr. Gatto has secured numerous substantial settlements and awards for his plaintiff clients, including a jury award of more than $12 million in a medical malpractice case that stands as the largest verdict of its kind in Contra Costa County. Honored for his success, he has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America, including the organization's Lawyer of the Year award in 2018.

In addition, Mr. Gatto is a member of the prestigious National Association of Distinguished Counsel, and he has received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers along with numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1990 graduate of the University of Arizona, Mr. Gatto obtained his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1994. Prior to entering private practice, he worked as a deputy attorney with the Pima County Attorney's Office, where he handled hundreds of bench and jury trials prosecuting a wide range of felonies and misdemeanors. He is admitted to practice before all California state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Drawing upon his extensive legal knowledge and experience, Mr. Gatto has published many articles on a variety of legal topics, and he has established himself as a leader in his legal community, having served as president of the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association. He continues to serve on the organization's board, and he is the co-chair of its educational committee.

Among his other professional affiliations, Mr. Gatto is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Contra Costa County Bar Association, the Western Trial Lawyers Association and The State Bar of California.

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Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Medical malpractice, Birth injury

  • 80% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1994, Arizona

Professional Webpage: https://www.gattopc.com/attorney/gatto-michael-e/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association - President 2018
  • Arizona
  • California
  • ACCTLA Board Member
  • Co-Chair of the Educational Committee 
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Maximizing Restitution Orders: How Cooperation Between Prosecutors and Civil Litigators Can Benefit All
  • What Are You Doing Here? - Coverage counsel in third-party litigation: When to bring them in and what to expect, Plaintiff, September, 2016
  • Anatomy, spinal trauma, diagnostic testing, and rebuttal of common defense arguments, Plaintiff, November, 2010, Spinal injuries 101, Plaintiff Magazine
  • A former prosecutor offers advice on how to structure the cross-exam for maximum impact, Plaintiff, April, To cross or not to cross?, Plaintiff Magazine, 2013
  • Defense verdicts are common and comparative fault is often substantial, but careful analysis of the venue and circumstances can lead to a convincing case for liability, Plaintiff, October, Don't get tripped up in your next fall case, Plaintiff Magazine, 2011
  • If you "settle around" the employer, you may find yourself at odds with the subrogation attorney, Plaintiff, May, 2012, Workers’ Comp subrogation: Don’t allow your client to be extorted, Plaintiff Magazine, 2012
  • Plaintiff Magazine, To Sub in or Not to Sub in, 2014
  • A case of severe disfigurement with Prop 51 liability issues reveals why damages are limited only by facts, imagination and tenacity, Plaintiff, April, Thinking Outside the Box to Hit Outside the Park, Plaintiff Magazine, 2016
Educational Background:
  • University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona, Major: Bachelors Degree in Business Administration
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers

Office location for Michael E. Gatto

2540 Camino Diablo
Suite 200
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Phone: 925-587-9949


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013, 2015 - 2023

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