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Samuel Clayton Gazzo

Samuel Clayton Gazzo

Practice areas:

Litigation

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. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Litigation: 100%
    17 years

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Sometimes)

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Derek Edward Diaz

    Sam Gazzo, whom I've known for over 15 years now, was always the go-to lawyer in our organization for the toughest cases. Sam is a tireless advocate for his clients, and his record of success is extremely impressive.

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    Derek Diaz Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Khoa Maxwell Nuyen

    I have known Sam Gazzo for over a decade, starting when we were both Marine attorneys at Camp Pendleton, CA. He is one of the best at what he does--fiercely representing his clients and getting massive results. Sam always brings his "A" game to any matter.

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    Khoa Nuyen Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

462 Stevens Ave #201
Solana Beach, CA, 92075

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200108/18/2015
IARetired/Inactive199708/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

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

Associations

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

Education

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