Samuel C. Gazzo


Samuel C. Gazzo2019-07-30T15:17:38+00:00

Office: 858-755-5666 ext. 7168

  • Creighton University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A.
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Iowa
  • All U.S. District Courts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating (Martindale Hubbell)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers® for Civil Litigation (Thompson Reuters)
  • Selected “Top Lawyer” for Civil Litigation (San Diego Magazine)
  • Selected “Top Rated Lawyer” (American Attorney Magazine)
  • AVVO© 10.0 “Superb” Rating
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Former Chair, San Diego County Bar Association Military Law Section
  • Member, San Diego Military Advisory Council
  • Member, Veterans Bar Association
  • Certified Inspector General by Association of Inspectors General

Tort Litigation | Public Entities | Construction | Civil Rights

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.