Sam Gazzo has more than two decades trial experience in State and Federal Courts practicing all phases of business and tort litigation across a broad range of specialty areas including personal injury, premises liability, construction, real estate, employment, professional malpractice, civil rights, complex commercial claims, products liability, insurance bad faith, intellectual property, trade secrets and unfair competition, and, director and business disputes. Mr. Gazzo has also developed a specialty practice group protecting the interests of developers, general contractors, and subcontractors.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gazzo was an active duty Officer in the United States Marine Corps. As a member of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve, Mr. Gazzo deployed as an Intelligence Officer for multiple consecutive combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Gazzo has since successfully served in positions of increasing direct leadership up to the battalion/squadron level, and principal staff positions up to major command and joint levels. As a Marine Colonel, he currently serves as the Inspector General for a major command.
Leveraging his extensive litigation background with his unique organizational and leadership experience, Mr. Gazzo is often sought as outside General Counsel. He frequently advises corporate entities and new ventures regarding strategic business development, risk mitigation, litigation supervision and cost management, compliance matters, internal polices and best practices, and is often retained to lead and conduct the most sensitive internal investigations. Mr. Gazzo also has specialized experience regarding wine import and distribution, and associated regulatory, intellectual property, financing and marketing issues.