THE RESULTS

The reputation of a law firm is built entirely on the respect and experience it is able to offer clients who need assistance with their professional liability defense issues. The senior trial lawyers at Kjar, McKenna & Stockalper have been practicing in the industry for over 25 years and have dealt with nearly every kind of defense issue there is. With the support of our young, innovative legal team, KMS has won victory after victory for our clients ranging from trial and arbitration victories, dispositive motions and dismissals. These are examples out of a small sample set of our cases. Please keep in mind that every case is fact specific and different, and that these outcomes do not represent what we may be able to obtain for you in your specific case.

Jim Kjar wins jury trial alleging racial and gender discrimination

Plaintiff, a black female, alleged a long pattern of discrimination and failure to promote by her former employer, a public entity (city). The defendant lawyer represented her in her administrative hearing, which she lost. It was admitted at trial that the lawyer failed to timely file a civil lawsuit to preserve plaintiff’s personal claim for…

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Defense verdict obtained by Robert McKenna for Pediatric Neurosurgeon following hemiparesis in child as a consequence of a misplaced shunt

A young girl was rendered hemiplegic as a consequence of a misplaced shunt that missed the ventricle and was placed directly into the brain. The plaintiff’s life care plan was in excess of ten million dollars (present cash value), and a decision was made to allow a policy limit demand to lapse given the strong…

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Jim Kjar successfully defends attorney at trial

In this legal malpractice trial the plaintiff lost a lawsuit against his former attorneys and was forced to pay a large six-figure amount in attorney fees and other damages. He retained the defendant lawyer to prosecute his claims and, after losing that suit, claimed the lawyer was negligent in prosecuting the case, which resulted in…

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Patrick Stockalper successfully defends hospital following elopement of patient from emergency room

The family of a patient brought an elder abuse and neglect lawsuit following the elopement of the patient from the hospital’s emergency room. The patient was of advanced age and had clear evidence of dementia and documented Alzheimer’s disease and was considered by the hospital itself to be a high elopement risk. She was worked…

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Robert McKenna successfully defends OB/GYN in birth injury case

A perinatologist was sued for a birth injury to a child following an unanticipated premature delivery at 26 weeks on the floor. The child suffered neurologic injury and the mother required multiple intraabdominal surgeries to repair a bowel perforation the led to the precipitous delivery. By the time of trial, all of the other co-defendants…

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Jim Kjar wins jury trial in bariatric surgery case

Plaintiff underwent a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure for morbid obesity performed by the defendant bariatric surgeon. Postoperatively, the patient became septic and suffered a cardiac arrest. She claimed permanent damages as a result of her injuries. She put forth a theory that the surgeon did not closely monitor her vital signs after surgery, particularly her…

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Patrick Stockalper successfully defends surgeon in initial trial and repeat trial arising out of common bile duct injury associated with gallbladder removal surgery

The plaintiff underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy by the defendant resulting in a devastating common bile duct injury. Plaintiff underwent repeated hospitalizations and surgeries as a result of this injury. The case was successfully tried to a 12-0 defense verdict in Glendale. However, the trial judge determined that “no reasonable jury could ever reach the result…

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Patrick Stockalper successfully defends pain management specialist following pain management procedure resulting in paraplegia in young man

A young man underwent a cervical epidural injection for neck pain resulting in an epidural hematoma. The hematoma caused permanent injury to the spinal cord resulting in lifetime quadriplegia. Plaintiff claimed $12,854,504.00 in future medical expenses alone. Despite a policy limit demand, a 12-0 defense verdict was obtained.

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Jim Kjar wins wrongful death trial for emergency room physician

The decedent was a 23-year-old mother of two who presented to the emergency room of a large Los Angeles hospital. She was diagnosed with high blood sugar and treated in the emergency room. She died four hours later. Plaintiff claimed that his wife was misdiagnosed with routine diabetic high blood sugar when she actually had…

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Jon Schwalbach defends case at trial involving major spine surgery

Jon defended a neurosurgeon who performed multiple level spine surgery for both upper and lower extremity abnormalities. Postoperatively, plaintiff complained of extreme pain and neurological deficits. Plaintiff was reoperated on by a prominent spine surgeon at Cedars Sinai who plaintiff claimed corrected the problems caused by the defendant. Both the subsequent treating surgeon and a…

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