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Todd Grant Gattoni

Todd Grant Gattoni



  • Litigation
  • Asbestos & Toxic Tort
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products
  • Aviation & Aerospace

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.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.

Bar Admissions

California, 1991

Michigan, 1992


DePaul University, J.D. University of Michigan, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Asbestos & Toxic Tort | Aviation & Aerospace | Litigation | Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products | Product Safety

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

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, Chrysler in asbestos friction product cases, and Lincoln Electric in welding rod lawsuits; Counsel for Pinkerton's and APS in highly publicized wrongful death and fire litigation; product liability and risk management counseling for Sony and Microsoft.

Professional Associations

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


  • 2006 - Dykema Litigation Seminar for In-House Counsel - "Triage Saves The Day"
  • 1998 - DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar (Co-author) - "The Impact of Medicare and Other Governmental Rights on the Settlement of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Cases"
  • 1997 - Fire Retardant Chemicals Association International Conference - "An Overview of Products Liability Litigation in the United States"
  • Inside Counsel Podcast, June 2007 - "Foreign Mass Torts Finding U.S. Courts"

Professional Activities and Experience

Partner with Reed Smith LLP in Oakland, CA. Recognized as one of California's "Super Lawyers". As a member of the California Bar, Mr. Gattoni periodically served as a Judge Pro Tem.

  • 2007 - Pharmaceutical Technology "The Perils of Purchase-Order Contracting In Pharmaceutical Transactions", (co-authored with Stephen D. Sayre)
  • 2006 - Counsel to Counsel "Litigation Management: Triage Saves The Day"
  • 2002 - Security Management "How to Win Vicariously: An Old Legal Theory Offers a New Defense", (Co-author)
  • 2000 - IADC Newsletter, Drug, Device & Biotech Committee "The End of 'Constitutional Blackmail'"
  • 1998 - Journal of Property Management (Co-author) "Parking Garage Owners Beware: Your Premises Are Inherently Dangerous"
  • Andrews Medical Device Litigation Reporter "The Recent Trend of 'Backdooring' Foreign Mass-Tort Claims Into U.S. Courts", January 2007 (co-authored with Brian Oh)

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