Brian Del Gatto is the regional managing partner of the Stamford and Hartford, Connecticut offices and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He practices out of the Connecticut and White Plains, NY, offices.
As co-chair of the firm's Transportation, Cargo and Logistics practice, Brian's core emphasis is on assisting surface transportation providers or users with all of their legal needs. Brian and his team handle such claims and cases in New York, Connecticut and many other U.S. jurisdictions, including numerous matters relating to the needs of Canadian clients. Brian also has significant experience in product liability and toxic tort matters, as well as general corporate litigation. He has successfully tried many high-exposure cases to favorable outcomes and has a number of reported appellate decisions.
Brian oversees the firm's 24/7 emergency response team for catastrophic events and is a trusted advisor to many major insurers and self-insureds as their regional counsel or point of contact/alliance counsel for their litigation needs. Clients have come to rely on Brian for an immediate response to all legal issues that arise as well as for practical, creative and sound advice consistent with their unique business structure and philosophy. Understanding that each matter is extraordinarily important - even life changing - to the client, Brian gives them equal attention and strives for a resolution that will have the least impact on the client's business.
Brian plays a unique role for a number of Canadian insurers and self-insured clients, serving as their relationship/ alliance point of contact with the firm and coordinating all of their matters with other Wilson Elser offices or affiliate counsel as needed. Such matters encompass the full scope of these clients' legal needs throughout the United States.
Awards & Distinctions
Transportation Lawyers Association, Distinguished Service Award, 2012
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers, 2007, 2013
Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers, 2014
Areas of Focus
Transportation, Cargo and Logistics
Brian has experience with the full range of surface transportation matters, including bodily injury, employment, premises liability, contractual, product liability and regulatory matters. He has handled class actions in the transportation area, representing Fortune 500 companies as either national or local counsel. Often Brian is involved in transportation matters that emanate from Canada in his role as national or regional counsel for a number of Canada-based insurer and insured clients.
Brian is actively involved in numerous transportation industry organizations, currently serving as chairperson of the Transportation Lawyer's Association's Casualty Litigation Committee and a member of its executive board. He also is a member of The Trucking Industry Defense Association and its Canadian Relations Committee.
As the leader of the firm's 24/7 emergency response team for catastrophic events, Brian has handled catastrophic transport and products liability claims, mobilizing a variety of experts to an incident scene to immediately preserve evidence and start building an appropriate defense.
Product Liability, Toxic Tort and Construction
Brian has extensive experience in product liability, toxic tort and construction matters. He has tried and reached favorable outcomes in such high-exposure cases in New York, Connecticut and several other states. Many of his cases have involved transportation-related incidents such as fuel and hazardous spills from trucks and trains. Brian also has handled and tried asbestos cases for gasket and insulation companies in both federal and state courts.
Brian handles a wide variety of complex corporate, commercial and general litigation cases on behalf of transportation companies, retailers, product manufacturers, financial institutions/life companies and health care providers in New York, Connecticut and many other jurisdictions. Brian and his team represent these clients in employment disputes, premises liability, contractual disputes, regulatory and other matters.
Outside Counsel: Best Practices and Creating Meaningful Relationships
September 23, 2014
Insurance Company Event
Corporate Counsel, Risk Manager, Safety and Claims Professional Roundtable: A Unique Opportunity for Outside Counsel to Get an Inside Look Into Litigation Management, Cost Control Initiatives, Defense Strategies, and More
March 31, 2014
American Conference Institute - 4th National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation
How Corporate Structures in Transportation Conglomerates Are Affected by Piercing the Corporate Veil Issues
January 27-28, 2014
2014 TIDA Advanced Seminar: Practical Tips for Trucking Operations in a World of Expanding Liability and Technology
Transportation Update and Crisis Management: Are You Prepared?
October 17, 2013
Ontario Trucking Association
Truck and Auto Collisions in No-Fault Jurisdictions
September 19, 2013
2013 CTLA Annual Conference
Corporate Counsel, Risk Manager, Safety and Claims Professional Roundtable: A Unique Opportunity for Outside Counsel to Get an Inside Look Into Litigation Management, Cost Control Initiatives, Selecting and Retaining Law Firms and More
November 29-30, 2012
ACI's 3rd National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation
U.S. Litigation - Procedural & Substantive Legal Issues
October 1-2, 2012
Canadian Insurance Company Presentations
Del Gatto to Present to Canadian Insurance Company on “U.S. Tort Concepts and Keys for Canadian Adjusters”
June 22, 2012
ACI Trucking Litigation Conference Co-Chair Brian Del Gatto Scheduled to Speak at Event
November 15, 2011
Brian Del Gatto to Speak at 2011 CTLA Annual Conference
September 16, 2011
Brian Del Gatto Featured Keynote Speaker at Toronto Fraud Forum
September 12, 2011
“Food Fraud and Other Fraud Oddities,” Toronto Fraud Forum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 2011.
“E-discovery U.S. and Canadian Trends,” Canadian Transport Lawyers meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, September 2011.
“Rolling the Dice in Vegas: A Judicial Perspective,” Transportation Lawyers Association annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV, June 2011 (event co-chair).
“Inside the Minds of In-House Counsel,” American Conference Institute, Trucking Litigation Seminar, Chicago, IL, April 2011 (event co-chair).
“Mediating the Catastrophic Multi Party Transportation Case,” Transportation Lawyers Association annual meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2009.
“Reconstruction and Biomechanics: The Natural Intersection,” Transportation Law Institute/Denver School of Law, New Orleans, LA, November 2008.
“Hot Topics and U.S. Trends in Transportation Law,” Kingsway General Insurance Company transportation summits, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 2005, 2006, 2007.
“Handling the Transportation Case: A Checklist for Success,” Transportation Lawyers Association annual meeting, San Antonio, TX, June 2007.
“Ethics and Behavior in a Legal Context Dealing with the Court and Others,” Canadian Transport Lawyers annual meeting, Toronto, Ontario Canada, September 2006.
Canadian Insurers Burnt by Florida Bad Faith Laws
March 7, 2014
National Law Firm Wilson Elser Opens Hartford Office - Second in Connecticut and 25th Nationwide
January 6, 2014
Brian Del Gatto Earns Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
November 21 2013
Connecticut Law Tribune Features Wilson Elser in AmLaw 200 Review
June 24, 2013
Del Gatto, Burd and Sisca Prevail in Dismissal of Coverage Case Important to Canadian Insurers
December 14, 2012
Del Gatto and Shapiro Win Motion to Dismiss in Cargo Damage Case with Far-reaching Implications to Transportation Carriers
November 9, 2012
Brian Del Gatto Quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune Article on Law Firm Growth In Connecticut
July 17, 2012 Brian Del Gatto was quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune article, “National Firms Experience In-State Growth Spurt.” The article is part of the Tribune's annual review of the AmLaw 200 firms located in Connecticut.
Brian Del Gatto Awarded Transportation Lawyers Association Distinguished Service Award
May 24, 2012 Stamford, Conn. (May 24, 2012) - National law firm Wilson Elser is pleased to announce that Brian Del Gatto, regional managing partner of the Connecticut office and a member of the firm's executive committee, recently received the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) Distinguished Service Award, one of the organization's most coveted and prestigious honors.
Wilson Elser's Connecticut Office to Star in New Hollywood Movie
September 9, 2011
Wilson Elser's Connecticut office, located in the heart of downtown Stamford, will star in the movie, “Great Hope Springs,” starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carrell.
Stuart Miller Named Member of Trucking Industry Defense Association
July 13, 2011 Stuart A. Miller was invited to join the Trucking Industry Defense Association, an exclusive organization that requires a lengthy, in-depth nomination process for membership consideration.
Del Gatto, Tobin and Kahn to Participate in TLA Annual Conference in Las Vegas
March 28, 2011
Brian Del Gatto, Thomas W. Tobin and David S. Kahn are scheduled to speak at the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., May 10-14, 2011.
Brian Del Gatto, Event Co-Chair, to Moderate Panel at Inaugural Trucking Litigation Conference
March 21, 2011 Brian Del Gatto will co-chair of the American Conference Institute's (ACI) inaugural Trucking Litigation Conference.
Los Angeles and Connecticut attorneys secure summary judgment of product liability lawsuit arising out of house fire
November 19, 2010
Connecticut team of Del Gatto and Shapiro gives presentations to Canadian insurance companies
May 18, 2010 Brian Del Gatto (Managing Partner-Connecticut) and Beata Shapiro (Associate-Connecticut) will be giving presentations in Canada to two major insurance companies. They will speak to the insurance companies' underwriters and claims staff on United States tort concepts and trends. (Also at Stamford, Connecticut Office)