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, Mr. Squillario provides risk managing counseling to clients and has defended lawyers against malicious prosecution claims, in each instance filing successful anti-SLAPP motions resulting in prompt dismissal. He has served as a co-first chair in a legal malpractice arbitration.
Mr. Squillario also has extensive experience representing small, medium, and large businesses in California state and federal courts. These matters have involved trade secret misappropriation claims, 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 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.
In a previous life, Mr. Squillario worked at a national law firm, served as a Legislative Intern in the United States Senate, and was an intern on 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. In his free time, Mr. Squillario enjoys playing and watching soccer, avidly following the Yankees, skiing, running, traveling, and, last but certainly not least, sharing a bottle of fine wine with his wife while their Labrador Retriever looks on.