Best Lawyers, a peer review magazine, announced on November 3, 2017 the 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" Awards for Northern California. R. Lewis Van Blois of the Van Blois Law in Oakland, California was selected as the Plaintiff Product Liability "Lawyer of the Year" for Northern California. Michael E. Gatto of the Van Blois Law was selected as the "Lawyer of the Year" for Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation. The Best Lawyers awards appeared in a supplement to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper and the Wall Street Journal. Best Lawyers conducts exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.
R. Lewis Van Blois, a certified civil trial specialist for more than 35 years, is the leader of the Van Blois Law that has achieved millions of dollars of awards and settlements on behalf of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Numerous accolades attest to Van Blois' successful advocacy including being Preeminent AV rated by Martindale Hubbell (for over 37 years), voted Top Attorney in Northern California (for 7 years), named to Super Lawyers (for more than 10 consecutive years), and ranked in the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers in the U.S.
Michael Gatto has extensive experience with complex litigation and in 2014 he received one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Contra Costa County in the California Bay Area. Gatto developed his trial skills initially as a prosecutor where he tried over 200 trials. He now handles personal injury cases including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, amputations and burn injuries.