Mr. Squillario is Vice-Chair of the firm’s Professional Liability Group, as well as a member of its Product Liability, Transportation Law and Appellate Practice Groups.
His professional E&O practice focuses on the defense of lawyers and accountants. He has worked with both domestic and London-based insurance companies, and his clients have entrusted him to defend against high-value, complex, eight-figure claims. For these matters, the underlying representation has concerned such fields as real property transactions, unlawful detainer, Ellis Act evictions, administrative law, employment law, corporate law, business dissolution, mechanics’ lien, family law, elder law, contracts, torts, estate planning, probate, intellectual property, and debt collection. In addition, he has defended lawyers against malicious prosecution claims, in each instance filing successful anti-SLAPP motions resulting in prompt dismissal.
Mr. Squillario also has extensive experience representing small, medium and large businesses in California state and federal courts. These matters have involved trade secrets, personal injury claims, product liability, property damage, construction defect, premises liability, contractor liability, employment law, Proposition 65, breach of contract claims, business disputes, and transportation litigation. In particular, he represents trucking companies and their employees involved in vehicular and workplace accidents as part of the firm’s Immediate Response protocol and in litigation in Northern California. Such accidents have involved multiple vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and/or fatalities.
With respect to his appellate practice, Mr. Squillario has successfully handled an appeal from start to finish, which included drafting the Respondents’ Brief and arguing the matter to the First Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal, which affirmed the trial court’s decision granting his clients’ anti-SLAPP Motion. In addition, he has drafted an Appellants’ Opening Brief, Petitions for Writ of Mandate, and a Petition for Review to the California Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Haight Brown & Bonesteel, Mr. Squillario worked at a national law firm, served as a Legislative Intern to Hon. Frank R. Lautenberg of the United States Senate, and was an intern for the Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Amherst College and a Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law, from which he also earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs.