Jeffrey L. Sklar

Jeffrey L. Sklar

Partner
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520.838.7742
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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, landlords and tenants in leasing disputes, and receivers in state and federal court receiverships. He has also represented both condemnors and property owners in eminent domain matters. 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 at other large firms.

Personal Approach

Jeff’s approach blends thoughtful strategy, creative problem solving, and a tireless work ethic. In all of his representations, Jeff carefully tailors his advice for clients that will benefit their immediate and long term interests. He develops a thorough understanding of the matters and carefully considers multiple solutions as well as budget options to make his clients' goals a reality. Jeff enjoys solving complex matters and has organically grown his portfolio through his reputation of excellent legal acumen. Clients appreciate his direct and honest communication style.

When you walk into Jeff’s office you are greeted by his bobblehead collection of the original Supreme Court justices along with a few current justices. He is a proud husband and a father of three children, and he enjoys spending time with his family at the happiest place on earth.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Interfaith Community Services, Board of Directors and Development Committee Chair
  • Federal Bar Association William D. Browning Tucson Chapter, Executive Board
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid and Step Up to Justice, Volunteer lawyer in consumer-law clinics
  • Federalist Society Southern Arizona Chapter, Founding Board Member
  • Greater Tucson Leadership, 2011-2012
  • St. Thomas More Society of Southern Arizona

Representative Matters

  • Jeff has represented 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.
  • Jeff has represented court-appointed receivers and bankruptcy trustees in complex liquidation matters often involving litigation spanning multiple states.
  • Jeff serves as outside general counsel for a water utility, for which he also handles litigation, including eminent domain matters.
  • Jeff has represented the owner of a Boeing 777 aircraft litigation over damage to one of the aircraft's engines.
  • 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.

Publications

Distinctions

  • Benchmark Litigation - 2016, 2018-2020 "40 & Under Hot List" and 2018, 2019 "Future Star"
  • Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Stars - Business Litigation, 2015-2020
  • Southern California Law Review - Executive Notes Editor
  • Arizona Daily Wildcat - University of Arizona - Editor in Chief

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