Power Lawyers 2011
Gatti is one of the few Hollywood litigators who represent talent in profits claims against studios while also consulting for some of those same companies. This year, he settled the long-running case involving producer Alan Ladd Jr. (also Gatti's father-in-law), whose $3.2 million judgment against Warner Bros. over profits on Blade Runner and other movies was upheld by a California appeals court. The avid San Francisco Giants fan also represents National Lampoon in a dispute with Warners over the Vacation movies, and he helped Jon Peters negotiate an executive producer credit on the next Superman movie. Meanwhile, he is defending CBS in claims made by the John Wayne estate over use of the actor's likeness, and he defended Fox and Sony in stolen-idea cases.
HIS OBSESSION One of his two daughters plays soccer at UC Davis. "We've spent a lot of time on the soccer field," he says.