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 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.
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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).
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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.
Mr. Allen has substantial experience in California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) and land use litigation. Early in his career, he helped form the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Environmental Section. After that, he became the head of the Environmental Section to the General Counsel Office of the Southern California Edison Company. In that capacity, he personally handled scores of environmental cases, mostly CEQA cases. These included CEQA actions with multiple public and private entities challenging the approval of electric production facilities. These cases established the principles for environmental review for alternative energy facilities in California.
Mr. Allen also was responsible for a major CEQA case involving the City of Los Angeles and the State of California over certain restrictions on the utilities exposing the utilities to over $100 million in costs. The case was settled after a ruling in his client’s favor at the trial level. After leaving SCE, he joined a firm in Long Beach where he was responsible for, among other things, litigating CEQA and land use cases on behalf of private developers and public agencies. Mr. Allen handled scores of such cases including major cases involving the reconstruction of the Port of Long Beach, cases for the Long Beach School District and several residential developers.
Mr. Allen's client base includes local and national real estate developers; property managers; hospitality businesses; schools; churches; multi-employer pension funds and local governments. Mr. Allen is one of a small number of attorneys with experience addressing the particular issues surrounding non-profits and religious institutions. Mr. Allen is recognized for his experience with issues unique to non-profits such as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA). Non-profit organizations and religious institutions regularly seek his advice and counsel on environmental problems, zoning issues, building permits and negotiating with government agencies. Mr. Allen has been involved in alternative energy siting and projects for many years.
Mr. Allen also has represented clients regarding some of California's most challenging environmental problems, including the construction of alternative energy sources, nuclear power plant siting and development, lead paint and toxic mold litigation, as well as a multitude of complex construction, environmental and land use issues. For example, on a project in Ventura County, he successfully defended his client at trial in five separate CEQA and land use actions involving the largest development in the county. In all, Mr. Allen has handled well over one hundred CEQA and land use cases in his career.
Mr. Allen has taught CLE courses, and been on panels, on various environmental and land use issues for the Los Angeles County Bar, the State Bar of California, Environmental Section, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Land Use Institute, the Environmental institute and others. He has also taught on environmental issues at the University Of Southern California School Of Public Administration, Southwestern Law School, and has been an adjunct professor teaching environmental and administrative law courses at Trinity Law School.
Mr. Allen received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, and is an honors graduate of Grinnell College. Mr. Allen has been a member of the Environmental Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar and the State Bar for over twenty years and has acted as vice-chair of the Public Law section of the State Bar. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Lawyers Association
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Mark C. Allen III
Mr. Osborn earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1971, where he was a member of the Loyola University of Los Angeles Law Review and the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. He was admitted to practice in the State of California in 1972. For many years, Mr. Osborn has received the highest peer reviewed rating for ethics and professional competence by Martindale-Hubbel™. He has qualified in court and arbitration as an expert on the standard of care of trial lawyers. Mr. Osborn has written and lectured for various professional schools, associations, and organizations including the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the Institute for Corporate Council, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, California Continuing Education for the Bar and the Association of Certified Public Accountants. In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, eh was featured by Inland Empire Magazine as amount the "Best Lawyers" in the Inland Empire. In 2009 he was named Man of the Year in Law by the American Biographical Institute.