Our mission is to see to it that all people get the representation they need. We have found through our over 20 years of practice that no people are exempt from unjust treatment and persecution. You deserve the right to a fair trial and the protections entitled to you by the constitution of the United States of America.

It is unfortunate that in this day and age people are still systematically persecuted by the institutional bodies present in the United States. This is why our dream is to see a day when all people are free to live their lives unassaulted by others. At the Law Offices of Paul Gattone, we strive to make this dream a reality. If you feel you have been unfairly treated or taken advantage of please feel free to contact us to get the representation you deserve.

301 S. Convent Ave, our Law Offices are Located near Armory Park and the Tucson Convention Center. We pride ourselves in being located in the heart of Tucson.


Early Career

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Paul has been in Tucson since coming here in 1980 to attend the University of Arizona.  After attending Law School at the University Of Arizona College Of Law, Paul worked for a small time in a criminal defense firm before founding and going to work at the non-profit Southern Arizona People’s Law Center.

Expanding Our Practice

In 2003 Paul left the People’s Law Center and went into private practice so that he could expand his civil rights and criminal defense work.


Was a founding partner in the firm of Payson & Gattone with Tony Payson in 2006 he continued to focus his civil rights work in the areas of police misconduct, employment discrimination and individual rights. Since 2006 Paul has also defended the rights of people accused of the criminally accused in state and federal court.

The Peoples Lawyer

At the end of September of 2011 Paul went back into solo practice, with a primary emphasis on civil rights cases.  In his 22 years of practice Paul Gattone has devoted himself to aggressively protecting the rights of his clients and to advancing and defending civil rights.

Information on Specific Legal Issues

The information provided in this website is not meant to be construed as legal advice but is merely presented as a public service and for information purposes only.  If you are in need of legal advice or representation you should contact the firm of Payson & Gattone.

What to Do When Stopped by the Police

You should give the police your name and identifying information such as your date of birth.  Beyond that, you are under no obligation to answer their questions.  It is your constitutional right to refuse to answer questions.  Invoke your rights!

On occasion, you may be pulled over by a law enforcement officer.  In this situation please remember the following:

  • Pull over in a safe manner and out of the lane of traffic.
  • Ask the officer politely the reason why you are being stopped, never guess at the reason for the stop if the officer asks if you know the reason he/she stopped you.
  • If the officer is unable to provide you with a legal reason for the stop, such as a driving violation or a equipment problem with your vehicle then the stop may not be legal.  If no reason is given ask if you are under arrest and if not ask the officer if you are free to go.
  • You do not need to agree to a search of the inside or trunk of your vehicle.
  • Never physically resist the officer or try to elude them in your vehicle.  This not only presents a danger to you and the officer, but can also lead to serious felony charges.

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