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. Unlike most major-firm lawyers his age, Jeff has served as lead counsel in trials in state courts and bankruptcy 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.
- 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 represented a Tucson hospital against an apartment management company that accused the hospital of breaching leases for apartments where the hospital housed transplant patients while they were undergoing treatment. Jeff defeated two summary judgment motions brought by the landlord, and the case settled a few days before trial after Jeff prevailed on numerous motions in limine.
- Jeff is 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 has considerable experience in a range of commercial litigation, including cases requiring large-scale document management.
- 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.
- "CLIENT ALERT: Arizona Supreme Court to Decide if Borrowers and Guarantors Can Waive Fair Market Value Defense," October 8, 2014
- Co-Author, "CLIENT ALERT: Anti-Deficiency Protection Held Not to Extend to Vacant, Unimproved Residential Lots," Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP Client Alert, February 5, 2014
- "CLIENT ALERT: Prospective Waivers of the Fair Market Value Defense Held Invalid," Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP Client Alert, December 11, 2013
- Co-Author, "A New Year and a New Arizona Anti-Deficiency Statute," January 21, 2015
- Co-Author, "Reimbursement for LTD Overpayments Questionable in the Ninth Circuit," ERISA Report, April 2013
- Author, "The Presses Won't Stop Just Yet: Shaping Student Speech Rights in the Wake of Hazelwood's Application to Colleges," 80 S. Cal. L. Rev. 641, 2007
- Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Stars, 2015
- Southern California Law Review - Executive Notes Editor
- Arizona Daily Wildcat - University of Arizona - Editor in Chief
- Benchmark Litigation - ‘Under 40 Hot List’ , 2017