James Gattuso (born in Lynwood, California in 1957) is a Senior Research Fellow for the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank based in Washington D.C. Gattuso has served as Vice President for Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is a member of the California and District of Columbia bars, and is the author of a number of articles written for newspapers, magazines and journals. He is also a regular contributor to the Technology Liberation Front blog.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in 1979, James Gattuso received his J.D. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1983, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review. From 1983 to 1985, he was an associate with the Washington law office of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, where he handled matters before a number of regulatory agencies.
From 1985 to 1990, James Gattuso first joined Heritage, serving as a policy analyst there with responsibility for a broad range of issues, including telecommunications, transportation and antitrust policy. Upon leaving, he worked in the federal government where until 1993 he was the Deputy Chief at the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Plans and Policy. During that time, the FCC detailed him to the office Vice President Dan Quayle, where Gattuso served as Associate Director of the President's Council on Competitiveness.