Jim Kjar wins legal malpractice trial seeking $14M in damages

Jim Kjar received a unanimous verdict in a legal malpractice case. The plaintiff was a physician (dermatologist) who lost a medical malpractice case wherein she claimed that her treating opthamologist caused her to suffer permanent eye damage. She claimed $14M in past and future lost earnings. After plaintiff lost her case she sued her lawyer.…

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Patrick Stockalper obtains defense verdict after only 90 minute jury deliberation

Plaintiff Scott Stotelmyer, born on January 23, 1960, underwent single incision laparoscopic ventral hernia repair by Defendant, Sam Carvajal, M.D., on March 22, 2013 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. On December 22, 2014, Dr. Carvajal performed a mesh repair surgery (as well as a Heller Myotomy and Durr fundoplication for an esophageal abnormality) by trimming…

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Jon Schwalbach wins anti-SLAPP motion

Jon Schwalbach prevailed in an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss a malicious prosecution claim against his client, a lawyer. Owners of an apartment building (the plaintiffs) argued that Jon’s client pursued habitability claims against them in bad faith without any factual or legal basis. In his winning brief, Jon pointed out that his client beat a…

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Jon Schwalbach wins legal malpractice trial by judicial reference

After a 7-day trial by judicial reference in front of a distinguished retired Superior Court judge, Jon obtained a complete a defense award for his law firm client. The plaintiff claimed Jon’s client committed legal malpractice and breached its fiduciary duty in an underlying family law case. In his trial brief and closing argument, Jon…

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