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.

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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Alexandra Martino secures Summary Judgment on behalf of Medical Institution and Excludes Plaintiffs’ Expert Witnesses

Ali Martino successfully drafted and argued a Motion for Summary Judgment, excluding 2 of plaintiffs’ 3 expert witness’ testimony and securing judgment in favor of her client, a Medical Institution, in a wrongful death action. Ali initially obtained dismissal without leave to amend of 2 out of the 3 causes of actions against her client…

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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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Robert McKenna and Alessa Jonas successfully defend vascular access nurse at arbitration

A vascular access nurse was alleged to have inserted a PICC line incorrectly resulting in injury to the hand of a patient who was a cosmetic dermatologist. That patient claimed to have sustained permanent damage to his hand, preventing him from practicing as a cosmetic dermatologist. Robert and Alessa questioned the legitimacy of the patient’s…

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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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Unanimous jury gives Jim Kjar and Rick Wirick defense verdict in legal malpractice trial

Jim Kjar collected his second legal malpractice jury verdict in the last 2 months in a Riverside courthouse. Plaintiff claimed that Kjar’s client committed legal malpractice, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of funds regarding 3 separate matters the attorney handled for her. After a 3 week trial the jury found for the defendant…

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