Our Team

At The Gorton Wealth Management Group, we are committed to working with you to help maximize your investments to meet your personal life goals. This means spending time with you, listening and preparing a detailed financial framework that outlines current strategies, and analyzing various options to construct an investment strategy that takes into account your objectives as well as your risk tolerance.

Michael E. Gorton |

Michael E. Gorton |

  • AWMA
  • Managing Director - Investment Officer
  • Senior PIM Portfolio Manager
CA Insurance Lic #0A30899. Resident State CA.

Michael Gorton has 35+ years of experience in financial services, and just as many years coaching and remote fly fishing. He knows how to set and reach goals and is dedicated to helping his clients meet their financial expectations. His extensive experience throughout major shifts in the market enables him to develop investment plans around specific long-term goals and risk tolerance.

A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Mike has crafted his investment philosophy around investing greats such as Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham and Sir John Templeton. He began his financial services career in 1981, and had 21 years of service at A.G. Edwards, a predecessor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors.

When he isn't working, mountain biking or heading to Idaho for some fly fishing, Mike is engaged in his community. He recently retired from the Central Marin Soccer Board and the College of Marin Foundation, where he served for 20 years. Beginning in his teens, Mike coached baseball, football and soccer and refereed high school soccer. Currently, he serves on the board of the Marin Athletic Foundation.

Mike and his wife, Sheryl, have been married more than 30 years. They reside in San Rafael and have two adult children, Jonathan and Kelly, who humor Dad by joining him on his various adventures.

Brian Gallager

Brian Gallager

    • Financial Advisor
    CA Insurance Lic #0M23723. Resident State CA.

    Brian began his career with Wells Fargo Advisors as a Financial Advisor in 2017. He believes that everyone deserves an honest partner and a customized investment plan to map out their road to success.

    He enjoys working with clients and learning about their goals to put together the best plan to suit their needs.

    Brian is expanding his knowledge by pursuing his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification.

    When away from the office Brian enjoys traveling. As a former North American tour guide he has now visited 43 states and 30 countries. When not traveling, Brian spends his free time either woodworking or mountain biking.
    Emma Taylor |

    Emma Taylor |

    • MBA
    • Senior Registered Client Associate
    Emma Taylor has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and has worked for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. and BZW Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco and New York as a Client Services Supervisor and most recently as a Senior Operations Manager.

    She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii and her MBA from Harding University. She also holds a number of Securities Licenses.

    Originally from England, Emma has lived in Marin County for over 10 years and enjoys travel and the outdoors.
    Karen McFadden

    Karen McFadden

      • Client Associate
      Karen McFadden recently joined The Gorton Wealth Management Group, moving from an internal Wells Fargo Advisors support position where, for the last five years, she has gained experience in the financial services industry.

      Prior to Wells Fargo Advisors, Karen spent over 20 years in office administration, personnel, payroll and support for local businesses and non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. A native of Oregon, Karen graduated from the University of Oregon then moved to Marin County.

      She has been a member of the community for over 30 years. Karen enjoys volunteering time to her favorite charities, spending time gardening (with the assistance of her dogs) and watching college football.

      "Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after."

      - Henry David Thoreau