Michael Gatto

Michael Gatto

Bio as of July 2017:

Michael E. Gatto is an attorney with Van Blois & Associates in Oakland. He has tried over one hundred jury trials and specializes in cases involving complex theories of liability and complicated medical issues. In 2014, Michael received one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Contra Costa County history. Per The Recorder, this was the largest medical malpractice verdict in California for the year 2014. He will be the President of Alameda Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association in 2018.


Articles written by this author:

Spinal injuries 101

Anatomy, spinal trauma, diagnostic testing, and rebuttal of common defense arguments

William Veen
Michael Gatto

2010 November

Don’t get tripped up in your next fall case

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

Michael Gatto

2011 October

Workers’ Comp subrogation: Don’t allow your client to be extorted

If you “settle around” the employer, you may find yourself at odds with the subrogation attorney

Michael Gatto
Eustace de Saint Phalle

2012 May

To cross or not to cross?

A former prosecutor offers advice on how to structure the cross-exam for maximum impact

Michael Gatto

2013 April

To sub in or not to sub in

A review of the questions to be answered before you substitute in as plaintiff’s counsel

Michael Gatto

2014 April

Damages: Thinking outside the box to hit it out of the park

Damages: Thinking outside the box to hit it out of the park

A case of severe disfigurement with Prop 51 liability issues reveals why damages are limited only by facts, imagination and tenacity

Michael Gatto

2016 April

What are you doing here?

Coverage counsel in third-party litigation: When to bring them in and what to expect

Michael Gatto
Demian Oksenendler

2016 September