Ryan G. Gatto

Associate

215.636.4357
215.972.8016 (fax)
rgatto@smsm.com
1818 Market Street, Suite 2600
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Attorney Ryan Gatto's keen understanding of corporate cost-benefit analyses and the economics of scientific development directly informs his approach to counseling and defending clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, chemical and consumer products industries. To protect his clients from unnecessary risk at any point of their product's lifecycle, Mr. Gatto advises companies on issues related to regulatory compliance, commercial transactions, marketing practices, intellectual property, and employee relations and training.  Mr. Gatto provides proactive solutions to manage risks related to data protection, distribution agreements, coverage contracts, e-discovery, and indemnity issues.  When needed, Mr. Gatto adeptly negotiates on behalf of his clients to reach an agreement with counterparties or claimants.  Should a company face a situation that cannot be resolved through negotiations, Mr. Gatto zealously defends his clients while keeping an eye on the economic cost. 

Mr. Gatto has served as a member of the national counsel team for a continuous infusion therapy manufacturer and on the trial teams of individual medical device cases.   Well-versed in environmental impact studies, medical literature, and clinical trials, Mr. Gatto has experience preparing such material for regulatory summaries and client consumption.  Mr. Gatto's scientific background and clerkship experience provide unique insight that enables him to challenge the opinions of opposing parties' experts through Frye/Daubert motions. Using his considerable behind-the-scenes trial experience in the Philadelphia Court system's Complex Litigation Center,  Mr. Gatto serves as local counsel in asbestos, pharmaceutical, toxic tort, products, and arbitration/mediation cases in in Pennsylvania. He also represents clients in administrative hearings, manages their privacy compliance, and liaises with industry experts regarding clinical evidence and labeling. 

Mr. Gatto regularly volunteers as pro bono counsel for active military veterans and their families.  He also serves as a pro bono attorney in dependency, child advocacy, estate planning, and tangled title matters.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • After four days of hearings, achieved a decisive ruling in favor of his client in a highly sensitive educator liability case involving a myriad of federal and state law issues and extensive testimony from his client's witnesses.
  • Secured significant rulings to prevent forum-shopping plaintiffs from proceeding with cases venued in improper jurisdictions. This enabled a medical device manufacturing client to maintain the proper statute of limitations defenses, protect beneficial choice-of-law assumptions, and secure favorable jury pools.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for a medical device manufacturer charged with fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of warranty, showing plaintiff's failure to plead with specificity and inability to state a claim under state law. 
  • Negotiated with federal government to obtain clear title to property for client.
  • Protected best interests of client through dependency and adoption proceedings as a pro bono child advocate.
  • Managed local cases, coordinated jurisdictional trial teams, nationally drafted pleadings and resolved litigation-wide discovery matters for pharmaceutical drug and medical device manufacturers.
  • Coordinated e-discovery in mass torts and commercial litigation for domestic and international corporate clients.
  • As Law Clerk I in the Complex Litigation Center, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, served as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Norman Ackerman (SJ), the Hon. Stephen E. Levin (SJ), the Hon. Edward E. Russell (SJ), the Hon. Esther R. Sylvester (SJ), and the Hon. Sandra Mazer Moss of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, while in his position.

EDUCATION

United States Naval Academy, B.S. with Honors (History), 2003
University of Illinois, College of Law, J.D., 2007

BAR ADMISSIONS

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS

Author

  • "The Trial Judge as the CEO," Widener Law Journal, Vol. 18, 499 (2009).

Co-Author

Speaker

  • Speaker, "Board Participation for Young Attorneys," Board Observation Program concluding event, Philadelphia, PA (November 27, 2012).
  • Moderator, "Advice from the Bench," Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips, and Tricks for Law Students, New Lawyers (November 16, 2012).
  • Speaker/Course Coordinator, "International Contracts Drafting and Negotiation," Current Issues in US and Italian Law, hosted by Temple Law School, in partnership with the Consiglio Nazionale Forense (August 2009).

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

Advancing Civics Education - Volunteer Teacher AP US History and Law

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance - Fellow; Director of Education, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter; Board Member, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter

Department of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve - Volunteer Ombudsman

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia - Young Lawyer Chair and Board Member

Marshall Brennan National High School Moot Court Competition - Quarter Final Judge

Military Affairs Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association – Secretary and Co-coordinator of the Military Assistance Program 

National Campaign to End Violence, "Do the Write Thing Challenge" - Past-Pennsylvania Coordinator

Philadelphia Bar Association - Executive Committee Board Member, Young Lawyers' Division; Law Week Coordinator; Point-of-Contact for Segal McCambridge's sponsoring of LegalLine

Philadelphia's Mortgage Foreclosure Program - Volunteer Attorney

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) - Observing Board Member

Volunteers for the Indigent "VIP"- Volunteer Attorney