Joseph Gonnella


San Diego, CA
D 619.515.5406


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA: Juris Doctor, magna cum laude (2015)
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA: B.S. in Business Administration

Joseph Gonnella is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary's San Diego office.

Mr. Gonnella is a member of the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Commercial Litigation/Directors & Officers, and Labor and Employment Practice Sections.

Prior to joining Freeman Mathis & Gary, Mr. Gonnella worked for a well-respected regional firm representing clients in complex commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters in state and federal courts.  Mr. Gonnella has successfully briefed, argued and won many dispositive motions in defense of his clients’ interests, including demurrers, motions to dismiss, motions for nonsuit, and motions for summary judgment.

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Bar Admissions

All Federal District Courts in California


Intertribal Court of Southern California

Publications & Engagements
Representative Cases & Clients
  • Represented commercial general liability insurer in catastrophic premises liability personal injury case, and identified other available insurance and successfully transferred – after initial denial – primary defense and indemnity obligation to tenant’s insurance carrier.
  • Defended insurance broker against claims for breach of contract and fraud arising from sale of commercial automobile liability insurance policy issued by allegedly insolvent insurance carrier, and successfully obtained dismissal of all claims based upon absence of legal duty of care.
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Bar Association: Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • San Diego County Bar Association: Insurance Law Section
Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

  • 2023-2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America