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Samuel Clayton Gazzo

Samuel Clayton Gazzo

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About Me

Samuel C. Gazzo practices all phases of civil litigation across a broad range of specialty areas including personal injury, premises liability, construction, real estate, employment, professional malpractice, civil rights, contract, products liability, insurance bad faith, trade secrets, and, director and business disputes. Mr. Gazzo also acts as principal legal advisor to corporate and public entities, and individuals throughout California.  

Prior to joining Daley & Heft, Mr. Gazzo was an active duty Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Serving as a Civil Law Officer, Mr. Gazzo provided legal advice regarding a wide range of issues including claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Military Claims Act, and Personnel Claims Act, copyright and trademark law, and water law.  Serving as a Trial Counsel, Mr. Gazzo defended and advised hundreds of Marines and Sailors at General and Special Courts-Martial. He tried numerous cases to verdict, and was recognized as the best trial lawyer by the U.S. Army’s Justice School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  As a member of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve, Mr. Gazzo activated and deployed as an Intelligence Officer for two consecutive combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Mr. Gazzo has since successfully served in key staff positions and positions of increasing leadership for up to over 700 Marines. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Litigation: 100%
    17 years



Retainer (Sometimes)

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Paul Jimenez Ryan

    I have sent various clients to Sam and they have benefitted from his professionalism and impressive expertise. He has spent years as a civil litigator and is in the top echelon of litigators in San Diego. I have also served with Sam as a co-chair on the Military Law Section of the SDCBA. He works tirelessly to produce programs/initiatives that benefit the military community. Likewise, he manages to be an elite lawyer while balancing a successful reserve military career and family life. I give Sam my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation.


    Paul Ryan Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Keith Howard Rutman

    I endorse this lawyer. Sam was an opponent in a civil rights case I filed in federal court. He was professional, friendly, and accommodating of my schedule. I would welcome seeing him on another case.


    Keith Rutman Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

462 Stevens Ave #201
Solana Beach, CA, 92075



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2015
Top LawyersSan Diego Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2013
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Trial AdvocacyThe Association of the Bar of the City of New York2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyDaley & Heft, LLP2002 - Present
LtColUSMCR1998 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Diego County Bar Association, Military Law CommitteeFormer Co-ChairN/A
San Diego Military Advisory CommitteeMemberN/A
San Diego County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
Veterans Bar AssociationMemberN/A
United States District Court for the Southern District of IowaAdmitted to PracticeN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Creighton University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of California - IrvineN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A