Gary M. Laturno has practiced law for over 30 years and serves as “Of Counsel” to Goode Hemme Barger. In addition to his law practice he has served as an arbitrator and mediator in San Diego since 2001, and a licensed CA real estate broker from 2002 – 2018.
A former Chief of Civil Litigation at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., he represented high ranking FBI officials including the Director of the FBI, supervised ten litigation attorneys, and personally handled complex litigation. While serving in the San Diego FBI office, he served as the Principal Legal Advisor and Press Spokesman, among other responsibilities.
Mr. Laturno has an AV® rating from Martindale Hubbell. An AV Rating signifies the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence, practiced for many years and is recognized for the highest level of skill and integrity. He’s also been named one of the “Top Lawyers in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine, and one of the “Top Lawyers in Southern CA” by the Los Angeles Times for several years.
Mr. Laturno has owned investment real property in San Diego for over twenty-five years and serves as legal counsel to countless realtors in the San Diego area. Having boots on the ground keeps him in touch with current issues in the real estate world and enables him to provide cogent counsel to clients.
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An honors graduate of Loyola School of Law, New Orleans, he served as the Editor of the Loyola Law Review and received the Loyola Law Alumni Award for best writing in the Loyola Law Review.
Mr. Laturno is a past chair of the Real Property Law Section, San Diego County Bar Association. In 2014, he was appointed to serve as member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of CA. From September 2017— September 2018, he was selected to serve as Chair of the Real Property Law Section. Currently, having completed his service as Executive Committee Section Chair, he serves as an Advisor to the section’s sixteen-member committee.
Mr. Laturno frequently speaks on continuing legal education topics in San Diego and throughout CA. In addition to serving as a mentor to young attorneys, Mr. Laturno teaches webinars, speaks at conferences and events, and writes about continuing legal education topics such as real estate, estate planning, financial security, negotiation, mediation, bankruptcy law. During the housing crisis he trained hundreds of attorneys on foreclosures, short sales, and loan modifications. He has served as a guest lecturer at the San Diego School of Law, CA Western School of Law, and CA State University at San Marcos. He has also taught continuing legal education classes at the San Diego County Bar Association, North County Bar Association, San Diego Law Library, the CA Bar Association, and Jag offices in the Navy and Marines.
During the housing crisis of 2008—2012 Mr. Laturno personally counseled, pro bono, over 2000 homeowners in financial distress. Those he counseled included a wide range of individuals, attorneys, medical doctors, teachers, judges, pastors, rabbis, bankers, retirees, engineers, dentists, labor union members, realtors, housing counselors, PhDs, police officers, FBI Agents, nurses, State and Federal employees, couples pending divorce, small business owners, active and retired military, and even a few CPAs, financial planners and economists. Realizing that our financial IQs do not begin to match our overall intelligence, he and his spouse, Victoria Kuick (MBA Finance, BS Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), coauthored “Three Steps to Wealth & Financial Security – All That Glitters Isn’t Gold”. The book has received over 50 five-star reviews and is available at Amazon.com.
A proud Dad and husband, he is the father to two grown daughters, one of whom is an attorney, a son, and two grandchildren. His spouse, Vikki Kuick, serves as broker record for their real estate brokerage, Laturno Kuick Realty. He likes to travel, play golf, visit with family and friends, and is currently writing his second book.