Mark Skapik is the founder of the firm and has a broad range of litigation experience that includes trial and appellate work in both state and federal courts. Mr. Skapik graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. He received his law degree from Southwestern University College of Law and was admitted to practice in 1993.
As an engineer, Mr. Skapik worked in the areas of mechanical design, hydraulic engineering and product sales. He is knowledgeable in the areas of product design, manufacturing processes, metal and plastics technology and structural and mechanical stress analysis. As an attorney, Mr. Skapik has handled numerous cases from automobile liability claims to complex and lengthy construction defect matters. He has extensive experience with large loss product liability matters, and has supervised over 1500 construction defect cases to conclusion.
As a consumer attorney, Mr. Skapik is now focused on employment matters such as class actions, involving wage and hour, general discrimination, and wrongful termination matters, including disability discrimination and whistleblower actions. Other class actions involve wholesale misclassification and independent contractor vs. employee matters.
Mr. Skapik has additional specific experience in the following areas: food poisoning, dog bites, dangerous land conditions, landlord/tenant, construction defect, landslides, automobile and motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, defective machinery, industrial accidents, toxic tort, mold abatement, slip and fall, insurance claims, security matters, equestrian claims, business disputes, employment disputes, sexual harassment discrimination, medical malpractice, serious injury and wrongful death.
Mr. Skapik is a member of the California State Bar, and is admitted to practice in all of the State Courts and the Federal Court, Central District. He is also a member of the CAOC and IE Chapter, CAALA.
Ms. Skapik’s practice areas focus primarily in litigation of general tort liability, complex, Qui Tam and class action matters involving employment and labor disputes, trucking litigation, civil rights violations and cases against for-profit educational institutions. Ms. Skapik assists both public agencies and private entities in environmental and land use matters, including matters involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP). Ms. Skapik has been appointed as Special Counsel in many cities, assisting City Council members, city attorneys, city managers, and city staff with legal issues that challenge their city. Ms. Skapik has extensive State, Appella te and Supreme Court experience, and was counsel in the seminal California Supreme Court land use case of City of Goleta v. Superior Court of Santa Barbara County. Ms. Skapik was admitted to practi ce in 1989, is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice in all California Courts, the California Supreme Court, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, Ms. Skapik has served as a volunteer mediator for the Riverside Superior Courts. Ms. Skapik also has extensive experience in Arbitration, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution forums, including IVAMS, JAMS, the American Arbitration Association and Judicate West.
Attorney - Of Counsel
Attorney Eric C. Morris, provides representation and legal counsel in matters pertaining to Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Class Action, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Family Law and Qui Tam False Claims Act. Prior to joining Southern California Lawyers Group, PC, Mr. Morris worked for law firms Stone, Rosenblatt & Cha, PLC; Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson, & Haluck, LLP; and Somach Simmons & Dunn, LLP. Mr. Morris has litigated disputes from inception through discovery, pre-trial proceedings, jury trial, arbitration and appeals. During his years of practice, Mr. Morris assisted in successful litigation resolution of multiple complex-litigation, multi-party disputes on behalf of national developers. Mr. Morris successfully argued and won a plaintiff judgment in the United States Federal Court, Eighth Circuit, against the Environmental Protection Agency, requiring the revision of the Lead NAAQS Emission Standard to protect public health. Mr. Morris is admitted to practice before all state courts in California; the Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of the U.S. District Court, California.
Eric C. Morris obtained his Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law, St. Louis,where he was Board Editor of the Washington University Law Review. Mr. Morris obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Prior to pursuing his legal endeavors, Mr. Morris served as a Congressional Page for the Speaker of the House of the United States Congress and Mr. Morris worked as a financial compliance auditor for the State of California, Bureau of State Audits. He is an active member of the State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Legal Services Program, and Walk Now. During his downtime, Mr. Morris enjoys distance running, hiking, sailing and travel.
Missouri Environment v. Leavitt and E.P.A., (2004) 2004 WL 5608625 (E.D. Mo.) .
Relicensing Oroville Dam, 14 CAL. WATER L. & POL’Y RPTR 306 (2004).
Threats Loom to New Melones Water, 14 CAL. WATER L. & POL’Y RPTR 340 (2004).
Mr. Berkley received a B.S. degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Business Administration from Ohio State University, an M.B.A. in Business and M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Business from University of Southern California. From 1988 to 1995 Mr. Berkley served as Assistant Professor of Business at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 1995, he returned to Southern California and assumed positions of Associate and then Full Professor of Management at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Mr. Berkley continues to teach and research at CSULA in the areas of production and operations management, service management, security, policing, and law. His most recent research, "Canceling deeds obtained through fraud and undue influence," is forthcoming in the Western State University Law Review. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Berkley attended UCLA law school. Upon graduation, he was admitted to the state bars of California and Arizona. From 2004 to 2006, he served as research attorney to judges Elihu Berle and Tricia Bigelow at the central division of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Since 2006, Mr. Berkley has practiced civil litigation with an emphasis on business and real estate litigation.