Jeffrey L. Sklar

Jeffrey L. Sklar

Partner
jsklar@lrrc.com vCard
520.838.7742 office
520.879.4712 fax
One S. Church Avenue
Suite 2000
Tucson, AZ 85701

Jeff Sklar has a wide-ranging litigation and appellate practice, including substantial experience in bankruptcy court. He regularly represents lenders in loan enforcement actions, businesses in commercial disputes, and manufacturers in product liability cases. He handles matters in the state and federal courts in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Unlike most major-firm lawyers his age, Jeff has served as lead counsel in trials in state and federal court. He has also argued appeals in both the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That means Jeff can provide his clients with experienced counsel and advocacy, often at lower rates and with greater efficiency than more senior lawyers elsewhere.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Interfaith Community Services, Board of Directors
  • Greater Tucson Leadership, 2011-2012
  • Federalist Society
  • St. Thomas More Society of Southern Arizona

Representative Matters

  • Jeff is representing an agricultural lender in ongoing litigation, which has spanned both state and federal courts, brought by borrowers seeking millions of dollars in damages based on allegations that they were defrauded into investing in various agricultural entities.
  • On behalf of grocery suppliers who were owed over $7 million by their principal customer, Jeff successfully defended against the customer’s request for a preliminary injunction and ultimately negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of his client.
  • On behalf of a bankruptcy trustee, Jeff successfully negotiated a favorable settlement of a multi-million dollar wage-and-hour class action that had been brought against the bankruptcy debtor in the California state courts.
  • First Credit Union v. Courtney, 233 Ariz. 105, 309 P.3d 129 (App. 2013). At trial, Jeff obtained a nearly $2 million deficiency judgment against two guarantors following the trustee sale of several commercial parcels in Tucson. The trial involved complex issues of valuation, as well as legal arguments on several portions of Arizona's deficiency statute. Jeff also handled the appeal, in which the lender again prevailed against all the guarantors' legal arguments.
  • Stagecoach Trails v. City of Benson, 231 Ariz. 366, 295 P.3d 943 (2013) and 232 Ariz. 562, 307 P.3d 989 (App. 2013). On behalf of a property owner in this land-use case, Jeff drafted a successful petition for review to the Arizona Supreme Court that resulted in a reversal of the Court of Appeals on a key question related to municipal zoning actions. On remand, the Court of Appeals also ruled in favor of Jeff's client on a related question about the grandfathered property rights of manufactured home parks.
  • Truitt v. Truitt, No. 2 CA-CV 2011-0119 (App. 2012). On behalf of a medical partnership, Jeff obtained an appellate ruling against a partner who claimed that he was entitled to unwind a sale of his partnership interest to another partner. The Court of Appeals agreed with Jeff that the partner was estopped from denying the validity of the sale.
  • On behalf of a national flooring lender, Jeff obtained relief from the Bankruptcy Code's automatic stay against a used-car dealer that owed Jeff's client more than $700,000. The Bankruptcy Court ruled in favor of Jeff's client following a contested evidentiary hearing.
  • Jeff has represented an immigration petitioner in an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Jeff has represented lenders in numerous Bankruptcy Court adversary proceedings alleging that debtors' debts are nondischargeable.
  • Jeff regularly represents tire manufacturers in large-scale product liability actions.
  • Jeff has substantial experience in personal injury defense cases, including dog bites, slip-and-falls, and other premises liability cases.

Related News

10/10/2017
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Earns ‘Highly Recommended' Ranking From Benchmark Litigation
20 attorneys recognized in peer-reviewed annual guide to top U.S. litigation firms
08/30/2016
Fuller, Holmstrom, Sklar named to Benchmark Litigation ‘Under 40 Hot List'
New ranking honors achievements of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie partners

Publications

Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Stars, 2015-17
  • Southern California Law Review - Executive Notes Editor
  • Arizona Daily Wildcat - University of Arizona - Editor in Chief
  • Benchmark Litigation - 2016, 2017 "Under 40 Hot List" and 2017, 2018 "Local Litigation Star" in Arizona

Other Info

Education

J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2007, Order of the Coif
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Arizona, 2004, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Nevada, 2013
Arizona, 2008
California, 2008

Clerkships

Arizona Supreme Court - Hon. Scott Bales