Workers’ Compensation • Personal Injury & Automobile Accidents • Divorce & Family Law Wills & Successions • Criminal • Brain & Spine Injuries


The Law Firm of Gatti & Merckle is dedicated to personal service for our clients. Ryan E. Gatti has handled hundreds of cases and has collected millions of dollars for clients who are seriously injured. Ryan focuses on business formation and litigation, personal injury claims, including traumatic brain injury, family law and workers’ compensation cases.

Gatti has found great success handling several major cases in the local area, one of which settled before trial for $7.5 million. Another involved an avoidable oilfield incident that left two men with severe brain injuries. The case settled before trial for $31.5 million dollars. A father to a spastic quadriplegic daughter — a victim from an avoidable medical mistake during her birth — Gatti understands life before and after brain injury. Sadly, his daughter passed away in 2017. 

Ryan Gatti currently serves as state senator for District 36, which includes parts of Bossier, Bienville, Claiborne Parishes and all of Webster Parish. He serves on the standing committee of Judiciary A, Natural Resources, Veterans Affairs, and is Vice-Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He has personally written 57 bills since he took the oath of office in January 2016. Of the 57 bills filed, 19 became Acts and were signed into law by the Governor. Certain bills that Gatti has written that have become law are:

  • Bill SB33/Act 196 Crime/Punishment which prohibits the sale, or transport of organs or body parts of aborted babies
  • SB84/Act 332 Civil Service which provides relative to the sanctions for engaging in political activities for municipal fire and police civil service classified employees
  • SB17/Act 286 Traffic which provides for driver education to include instruction on appropriate driver conduct when stopped by a law enforcement officer
  • SB63/Act 287 Employment which provides for the classification of certain types of cancer as an occupational disease or infirmity connected with the duties of a firefighter
  • SB73/ Act 645 Criminal Procedure which provides relative to Fetal Organ Whistleblower Account

At LSU in Baton Rouge, he received his undergraduate degree in history, with a minor in political science. Gatti served as president and vice president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at LSU and was inducted in to the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame for his service as student bar president. Gatti is a LSU Law School graduate.

Gatti serves as president of the Bossier Parish Bar Association. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the Shreveport Bar Association, and the Louisiana Association of Justice (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association.) 

He is married to Dr. Susan L. Gatti and is the proud father of four daughters.


Emily S. Merckle dedicates her practice to guiding families through difficult times. Merckle has handled hundreds of cases and effectively tried many at the district court level. She also has successfully taken and opposed writ applications to both the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. Emily focuses primarily on family law matters and civil litigation. She handles divorce and custody cases, grandparent custody cases, adoptions, juvenile court matters, wills and successions, personal injury, child support matters, spousal support, alimony, community property cases and criminal matters.

Merckle joined the Gatti Law Firm in 2014 and made partner in 2016. After being admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 2013, she worked as a law clerk at the First Judicial District Court in Caddo Parish for the Honorable Robert P. Waddell, the Honorable Eugene W. Bryson, and the Honorable Roy L. Brun.

Merckle is a graduate of C.E. Byrd High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from LSU. While attending LSU, Emily was a Merit Scholar, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and an active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. In 2013, Merckle received her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law and graduated magna cum laude.

Merckle is a 2016 inductee to the Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court where she is also a team leader. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, a member at large for the Shreveport Bar Association, a member of the Bossier Parish Bar Association, and a member of the Louisiana Association of Justice (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Division).

Outside of the legal community, Merckle serves on the Vestry of St. Mark’s Cathedral Church, is social chair for St. Mark’s Cathedral Church, is a member of the Krewe of Justinian recently serving as Duchess XXII, president of the Delta Delta Delta Shreveport-Bossier Alumni Association, member of the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier (currently serving as a provisional leader), member of the Cotillion Club, and member of a young professional’s bunco group. She is married to Chris Merckle, who works at Somdal, Associates.