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Todd Grant Gattoni Member

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • Michigan, 1992

Education

DePaul University, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A.

Todd Grant Gattoni is a product liability and commercial litigation attorney whose clients include many pharmaceutical, medical device and health care companies. Based in the Detroit Office, he defends clients around the nation in high-profile complex civil litigation and class actions. He also represents many well-known consumer products, retail and automotive companies.

Mr. Gattoni represents the country's largest maker of over-the-counter medication in product liability matters. He also provides risk management counseling, including advice on product labeling and warnings. His counsel during a highly publicized voluntary recall of a pain reliever helped prevent widespread national litigation. He also helped the company develop and implement a claims handling system.

General Motors and Ford Motor Company rely on Mr. Gattoni for coordination of chemical exposure/toxic tort litigation. He represents GM and Ford in all asbestos lawsuits filed in Michigan. He is GM's regional counsel in national marine engine asbestos litigation and its national counsel for aviation asbestos litigation. He also defended a leading welding rod manufacturer in mass tort litigation in Michigan involving welding fumes and chemical exposure.

Various industry leading companies, including Trek Bicycle, Sony, Microsoft, Kmart, Sears, Sanmina-Sci Corporation, and Securitas, have relied upon Mr. Gattoni to defend them in product liability and commercial litigation matters. He recently advised Kmart and Sears with regard to a nationwide class action suit involving consumer products manufactured in China. Kmart received indemnity in the matter, thus substantially reducing its exposure.

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Gattoni was the interim deputy general counsel for American Protective Services and served on the bench as Judge Pro Tem, deciding cases in the Superior Court of California.

Experience

  • Member of national defense team for St. Jude Medical in the Silzone Heart Valve Litigation and Atrial J Lead Litigation
  • Regional counsel and expert witness team member for Merck in the VIOXX Litigation
  • Member of the California and national defense teams for Wyeth in the Diet Drug Litigation, including responsibility for defending numerous PPH and valvulopathy cases
  • Counsel for various product manufacturers, including Pfizer and Valleylab cases involving surgical units and consumer products, Trek Bicycle in various personal injury actions, and Lincoln Electric and Techalloy in welding rod chemical exposure lawsuits
  • Counsel for Securitas, Pinkerton's and APS in highly publicized wrongful death, and fire litigation
  • Product liability and risk management counseling for Sony and Microsoft
  • National Coordinating Counsel for General Motors in marine and aviation toxic tort litigation
  • Primary defense counsel for General Motors and Ford Motor Company in the Michigan asbestos litigation

Memberships & Involvement

  • California Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Judge Pro Tem in Alameda County, California, Consolidated Courts
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Advocacy Program, Participant, 1996
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Instructor Training Program, Participant, 1995

Community/Civic Activities

  • Oakland Zoo Board of Trustees, President, 2002-2005
  • Member of Northern California Cultural and Trade Delegation to China, 2002

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2019, Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell