700 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

Dario de Ghetaldi’s extensive legal experience is comprised of class action and complex, trust, probate, business, and real estate litigation, in both the trial and appellate courts. His cases include elder abuse, consumer fraud and securities actions. Mr. de Ghetaldi joined our firm in 1989, after working as a judicial staff attorney at the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District, and a research attorney for the San Mateo County Superior Court.

Dario de Ghetaldi, partner, Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle LLP

Mr. de Ghetaldi was co-lead counsel representing Oracle stockholders in a lawsuit against CEO Larry Ellison, who was accused of insider trading. Mr. de Ghetaldi was instrumental in winning a record-breaking settlement, when Ellison agreed to pay $100 million to charity and $22 million in attorney’s fees and costs. Mr. de Ghetaldi later represented 45 families who were victims of PG&E’s natural gas transmission line explosion in San Bruno on September 9, 2010. He is currently suing PG&E on behalf of hundreds of families who suffered losses as a result of the 70,000 acre Butte Fire in September 2015, the 22 North Bay Fires in October 2017, and the 150,000 acre Camp Fire in November 2018.

From 1988 to 2018, Mr. de Ghetaldi taught Introduction to Law as an adjunct professor for the paralegal program at Canada College. He also often serves as a court appointed arbitrator for cases in the San Mateo County Superior Court.


State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Practice Areas:

Business Litigation
Class Actions
Complex Litigation
Constitutional Law
Elder Law
Real Estate Litigation
Trusts and Estates Litigation
Civil Appeals and Writs

Academic Credentials:

J.D., Hastings College of the Law, University of California, 1986
B.A., with honors, Stanford University, 1972

Notable Cases:

Forrest v. Baeza (1997) 58 Cal.App.4th 65
Estate of Swetmann (2000) 85 Cal.App.4th 807
Black v. Financial Freedom (2001) 92 Cal.App.4th 917
In re Oracle Corp. Derivative Litigation, 867 A.2d 904 (Del.Ch. 2004), Co-Lead Counsel
PG&E “San Bruno Fire” Cases, Co-Liaison Counsel
PG&E “Butte Fire” Cases
PG&E “North Bay Fires” Cases
PG&E “Camp Fire” Cases


Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2006-2023

Professional Affiliations:

San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association (President, 2004; Director, 1994-2005)
San Mateo County Bar Association
North San Mateo County Bar Association
Consumer Attorneys of California
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Civic Affiliations:

Canada College, Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Law (1988-present)