Brian W. Skalsky

Brian W. Skalsky

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Goldberg Segalla LLP
 | 777 S. Figueroa St, Suite 1900
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-415-7218
Fax: 213-415-7299
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

Brian W. Skalsky, an associate in the firm’s General Liability Practice Group in Los Angeles, focuses his practice on a variety of general liability matters, including premises liability, real and personal property, catastrophic personal injury, toxic torts, landlord-tenant disputes, contracts, products liability, municipal liability, unlawful detainer, motor vehicle, insurance defense, homeowner’s association, construction defect, and corporate business disputes.

Brian has experience representing both companies and individuals in all stages of litigation, from inception to appeal, including mediation and arbitration. He counsels and defends commercial transportation carriers and construction companies in catastrophic personal injury claims, individual insureds in automobile actions, and property management companies and property owners in landlord-tenant disputes involving complaints of habitation. He also handles preparing business contracts for corporate and individual clients.

Brian received his bachelor’s in biology from the University of California, Irvine before going on to earn his juris doctor at Loyola Law School. Prior to pursuing a career in law, he worked as a litigation consultant in toxic tort cases involving mold, lead, and asbestos.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained a defense verdict on a rear-end accident, wherein plaintiff, a former professional soccer player, alleged back injuries that resulted in the need for multiple injections and a radiofrequency ablation. The plaintiff asked for just under $1,000,000 at trial. The jury poll was 9-3 that our client was negligent for the rear-end accident, but unanimous, 12-0, that our client’s negligence was not a substantial factor in causing injury to the plaintiff from the accident.
  • Obtained a favorable arbitration award in an underinsured motorist claim wherein the plaintiff sought over $900,000 for a shoulder injury that resulted in a deformity and a knee surgery. The plaintiff was awarded $271,000 at arbitration with a finding that all alleged injuries related to the plaintiff’s knee were due to pre-existing conditions.
  • Drafted a successful motion for summary judgment wherein the trial court found our client did not have constructive or actual notice of the dangerous condition alleged to have caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
  • Obtained a favorable arbitration award for a property management company in a dispute alleging sexual harassment and a wage and hour claim. The plaintiff’s final demand prior to arbitration was $750,000, but was awarded under $4,000 with no evidence of any sexual harassment. After arbitration, the plaintiff sought recovery of $160,000 in attorneys’ fees, which was reduced by the arbitrator to $25,000.
  • Obtained a summary judgment dismissal based on the Privette Doctrine for a construction company who was building an industrial water cooling tower and was sued by a subcontractor’s employee that was injured when falling from a ladder.
  • Obtained a summary adjudication dismissal of a cause of action for a loss of lateral and subjacent support and negligence per se for a general contractor client constructing a large retaining wall in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles.

About Brian Skalsky

Admitted: 2011, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/brian-w-skalsky

Honors/Awards:

  • California Super Lawyers, Rising Star (General Litigation), 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Pasadena Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Fellowship Monrovia

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Obtained a full Defense verdict on June 5, 2018, in Vizcarra v. Whalen, before the Honorable Timmothy Casserly.  Plaintiff, sued for just under $1 million from a rear-end accident where he alleged an aggravation of long term back injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident that he alleged would necessitate a lifetime of future back injections, radiofrequency ablations and a possible future back surgery.  At trial it was argued that this low speed collision, with a Delta V of 7 m.p.h., did not cause and did not aggravate Plaintiff’s long standing back pain.  After a 4 day jury trial, and 2 hours of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in the San Diego County Superior Court (CASE NO.: 37-2017-00013282-CU-PA-NC.), 2018
  • Kaffer v. USAA, arbitration on an underinsured motorist claim.  Claimant was a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle in Palos Verdes.  Claimant sought more than $800,000 in damages for a shoulder injury that resulted in a shoulder deformity, a rib fracture, and a knee surgery more than a year after the accident.  Claimant further alleged the need for future medical care.  At arbitration, Claimant was awarded $271,000.

Educational Background:

  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2011, 2011
  • University of California, Irvine, 2005, 2005
Office Location for Brian W. Skalsky

777 S. Figueroa St
Suite 1900
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Last Updated: 2/4/2019

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