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J.P. Gatto

Attorney At Law



J.P. spent the first part of his career at a major law firm in St. Paul, representing businesses and individuals in cases involving personal injury and commercial loss. His clients spanned across industries, from construction to aviation to insurance, and his practice included all phases of litigation, from intake to investigation to depositions, trials, and appeals.

J.P.’s breadth of experience has resulted in a unique understanding of the legal industry from both sides of the aisle. This experience is only enhanced by his significant trial practice. He is a veteran of numerous jury trials involving catastrophic and life-changing injuries in courts across the country. He has examined and cross-examined experts in the fields of mechanical engineering, metallurgy, aviation science, engine mechanics, psychology, life care planning, vocational rehabilitation, neurology, physical rehabilitation, burn propagation, and other specialties.  His understanding of industry in combination with his familiarity and comfortability in the courtroom, makes him a rare attorney who has skills to negotiate and advocate outside of the courtroom while also possessing the ability to take a case to trial if need be.

J.P.’s skills have been recognized by his peers as he has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star for seven years running (2014-Present).


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the State of Minnesota
  • Eight Circuit Court of Appeals

J.P. is a highly skilled litigator with over a decade of experience litigating complex and high-value cases across the country. His trial experience is second to none for under-40 attorneys and will serve as an enormous asset to Swor & Gatto’s clients.



Educational Background

J.P. graduated with honors from St. Olaf College with a degree in history and economics. During his time at St. Olaf, J.P. studied abroad in Ecuador, Greece, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and Scotland, exposing him to a variety of different cultures, lifestyles, personalities, and world views. J.P. graduated with honors from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul. During his time at Hamline, J.P. participated in an international dispute resolution program in Italy and served as a member and editor of Hamline’s Law Review.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Medical Negligence
  • Construction
  • Insurance – including bad faith
  • General Liability
  • Commercial Litigation

J.P. has represented individuals significantly injured by defective snowmobiles, medical devices, escalators, and individuals involved in significant motor vehicle accidents. He has also defended major aviation manufacturers, agricultural machinery manufacturers, and consumer product manufacturers in product liability actions. He is also active in the construction field, representing clients in commercial and insurance coverage disputes.  J.P. is also experienced in the field of bad faith insurance litigation and has presented numerous times on the topic at various conferences and seminars.