Chase A. Scolnick

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cscolnick@kelleranderle.com

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PRACTICE AREAS
Trials
Commercial Litigation
Securities
Insurance Recovery/Bad Faith
White Collar Criminal Defense
Legal Malpractice

EDUCATION
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.; Mock Trial Competition Winner, Honors Moot Court Finalist

Central Michigan University, B.A., Spanish, cum laude

University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Coursework in International Human Rights

State Bar of California

State Bar of New York

District of Columbia Bar (inactive)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California; and Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative (2018-2022)

Orange County Bar Association

Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors, Orange County Chapter (2018-2022)

Federal Bar Association, Secretary, Orange County Chapter (2021-2022)

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Inside the Federal Criminal Justice System: A Discussion with Orange County Leaders in Federal Prosecution and Defense,” panel moderator (2022)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County, Los Angeles and Inland Empire Chapters, “Federal Criminal Practice in the Covid-19 Era: A Discussion Regarding the Pandemic’s Impact on Criminal Procedure in the Central District of California,” panel moderator (2020)

Riverside County Bar Association – Civil Litigation Section, “Making Complex Litigation Simple for Trial” (2020)

27th Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing,  “Sentencing Strategies Under the Amended Guidelines” (2018)

Federal Criminal Justice Act Seminar, Federal District of Indiana, “Strategically using the Federal Rules of Evidence to Admit Exculpatory Evidence” (2017)

National Senior Federal Defender Conference, “Using Federal Rule of Evidence 803(3) as the Cornerstone of Your Trial Practice” (2017)

Federal Defenders of San Diego, “Practical Tips for Closing Arguments in Jury Trials,” presented to new attorneys (2016)

Southern District of California, “Effective Evidentiary Hearing Litigation Strategies” (2016)

National Senior Federal Defender Seminar, “Sentencing Strategies in Synthetic Drug Cases” (2015)

Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, “Defending Non-citizen Clients Charged in Federal Court” (2012)

Central District of California, “Advanced Techniques in Cross-Examination” (2010)

Loyola Law School, guest lecturer for advanced trial advocacy class (2008-2010)

Southern District of California, “Effective Voir Dire in Criminal Cases,” (2006)

Southern District of California, “Defending Federal Border Crime Charges,” (2005)

Demonstrative Evidence: Tell and Show,” Jennifer Keller and Chase Scolnick, (Litigation Journal, American Bar Association, Spring 2021)

November 17, 2022 – Successful defense of Kevin Spacey was a case study in trial preparation – Daily Journal

October 20, 2022 – Closing Arguments – Kevin Spacey – Anthony Rapp Trial – Ana Chevalier

October 17, 2022 – Kevin Spacey testifies in his defense in civil trial – CNN

September 27, 2022 – Kevin Spacey Seeks to Limit Testimony of Expert Witness From Ghislaine Maxwell Case

October 2, 2021 – CNN “Bill Gross is in trouble for tormenting his neighbors with loud music — again”

October 1, 2021 – Business Insider “Billionaire Bill Gross found guilty of contempt in a harassment case with his neighbors involving a $1 million sculpture and the ‘Gilligan’s Island’ theme song”

October 1, 2021 – Bloomberg Wealth ” Bill Gross Found in Contempt of Court, Gets Suspended Jail Time

July 20, 2021 – Law 360 “Ericsson, TCL Settle Wireless Tech Patent Licensing Battle”

May 14, 2021 – New York Times “A Kevin Spacey Accuser Tried to Sue Anonymously. A Judge Said No.”

March 27, 2019 – Daily Journal CLAY Award profile – “Writing the legal blueprint for cities as it relates to sober-living homes”

September 5, 2015 – New York Daily News “Woman’s conviction for smuggling cocaine in luggage at JFK overturned”

March 27, 2015 – Fox News “Feds want case dropped against Afghan in Calif.”

August 20, 2013 – Brooklyn Eagle “Brooklyn federal judge finds stop-and-frisk of parolee illegal”

December 5, 2010 -Washington Post “Tension grows between Calif. Muslims, FBI after informant infiltrates mosque”

October 1, 2010 – LA Times “Federal prosecutors seek dismissal of perjury and fraud charges against Tustin man”

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“Chase is an exceptional strategist, communicator and trial lawyer. He is an aggressive, tough-as-nails litigator and advocate.”

- Mark Towfiq, President & CEO, TFT Holdings

Chase Scolnick specializes in complex civil and criminal litigation. Having tried as lead counsel approximately fifty federal jury trials, Chase is among the most seasoned young trial attorneys in the United States.  He has also been one of the most successful.  In separate years, Chase led three of the nation’s largest federal districts in both defense trials and wins.  In 2017, Chase was the only defense attorney in the United States to receive the Federal Bar Association’s “Federal Younger Lawyer Award”—a prestigious national honor reserved for rising courtroom stars. Chase was also honored with a “2019 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year [CLAY]” award for his role as co-lead counsel in Yellowstone Women’s First Sep House, Inc., et al. v. City of Costa Mesa.  Chase is a Fellow of the invitation-only Litigation Counsel of America. He is also listed in The Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, among the most prestigious international legal directories. Since 2020, Chase has listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for White Collar Criminal Defense and in 2021 for Qui Tam Law.  He was selected by Super Lawyers® as a Top-Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in 2020 and 2021.

Chase made a seamless transition to civil litigation, where his superb trial skills have benefited clients on all types of cases. Chase has secured more than $100 million for his plaintiff clients.  He has also successfully defended corporations and individuals against serious allegations in high-stakes cases.  Chase has represented Fortune 500 companies, ultra-high net worth individuals, and well-known public figures.

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Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (by invitation only, limited to top ½ of 1 percent of lawyers nationally)

The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2022-2023)

The Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America (2023)

California Lawyer Magazine CLAY Award (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year), Municipal Law (2019)

The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, “Top Defense Verdicts” (2018)

The Best Lawyers in America®, S. Naifeh & G. Smith, White Collar Criminal Defense (2020-2023 eds.); Qui Tam Law, and White Collar Criminal Defense

Los Angeles Magazine, “Southern California Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation-Defense” (2020-2022)

The Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Top Plaintiff Settlements” (2019)

Selected by Super Lawyers®, Top-Rated Civil Litigation Attorney (2020)

Federal Bar Association, Younger Federal Lawyer Award (2017)

In 2022, Chase was co-lead trial counsel on the successful defense of Oscar-winning Kevin Spacey in a sexual battery civil jury trial in the Southern District of New York.  After five years of intense litigation, he and Jennifer Keller convinced the jury that Mr. Spacey was not liable and Mr. Rapp should not be given a penny of the $40 million dollars he was seeking.  They jury deliberated only thirty minutes before reaching a unanimous verdict. The trial was covered by the global media.

Co-lead counsel on jury trial resulting in defense verdict for the City of Costa Mesa in a legal challenge brought by a network of sober living homes.  Awarded Clay Award (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year).

Represented telecom company Ericsson in FRAND dispute with smartphone maker TCL.

Won two court trials against billionaire bond king Bill Gross, securing a restraining order in the first trial for harassing his neighbor by blasting loops of the theme song from Gilligan’s Island, and later convicting Mr. Gross of contempt for defying court orders.  Mr. Gross was sentenced to jail after the conviction.

Successfully represented CashCall Inc. in legal malpractice lawsuit brought against Katten Muchin. Damages exceeded $850 million.  A confidential settlement was reached on eve of trial.

Successfully represented tech billionaire Henry Nicholas (Broadcom co-founder) in tax case against the United States, which had disallowed his deductions for distressed Chinese debt.  Eve of trial settlement allowed an approximately $40 million deduction.  This was the first time such a deduction has been permitted by the Government.

Successfully represented Tony, Emmy and two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey on civil litigation in the Central District of California.

Represented I-Hsin Chen, a shipping container warehouse magnate, who was indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal.

Defending Microsoft Corporation in twelve patent cases.

Secured jury acquittal for client charged with committing financial fraud against the federal government.

Representing school district in federal grand jury investigation.

Secured jury acquittal for client accused of criminal counterfeit and importation offenses.

Defended hedge fund manager during FINRA, SEC, and federal criminal investigations alleging insider trading and financial market manipulation.

Obtained one of the nation’s only dismissals of terrorism-related charges in high-publicity federal prosecution.

Secured jury acquittal in federal firearms trial.

Obtained noncustodial disposition for former partner of large international law firm in federal tax fraud prosecution.

Defended professor from prominent university against allegations of fraud and embezzlement.

Managed comprehensive international investigation, and conducted proceedings in foreign court, in federal fraud prosecution.

Defended owner of healthcare company against allegations of fraud.

Obtained jury acquittal for federal official charged with criminal misconduct.

Defended a Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marines in federal fraud prosecution.

Obtained jury acquittal in federal drug prosecution in which client faced a potential life sentence.

Defended international entrepreneur against tax fraud allegations.

Represented business owner accused of violating federal currency regulations.

Obtained acquittal for client charged with theft from financial institution.

Obtained acquittal for client charged with large-scale narcotics offenses.

Chase A. Scolnick

PARTNER

EDUCATION

University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.; Mock Trial Competition Winner, Honors Moot Court Finalist

Central Michigan University, B.A., Spanish, cum laude

University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Coursework in International Human Rights

EXPERIENCE

Chase Scolnick specializes in complex civil and criminal litigation. Having tried as lead counsel approximately fifty federal jury trials, Chase is among the most seasoned young trial attorneys in the United States.  He has also been one of the most successful.  In separate years, Chase led three of the nation’s largest federal districts in both defense trials and wins.  In 2017, Chase was the only defense attorney in the United States to receive the Federal Bar Association’s “Federal Younger Lawyer Award”—a prestigious national honor reserved for rising courtroom stars. Chase was also honored with a “2019 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year [CLAY]” award for his role as co-lead counsel in Yellowstone Women’s First Sep House, Inc., et al. v. City of Costa Mesa.  Chase is a Fellow of the invitation-only Litigation Counsel of America. He is also listed in The Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, among the most prestigious international legal directories. Since 2020, Chase has listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for White Collar Criminal Defense and in 2021 for Qui Tam Law.  He was selected by Super Lawyers® as a Top-Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in 2020 and 2021.

More

“Chase is an exceptional strategist, communicator and trial lawyer. He is an aggressive, tough-as-nails litigator and advocate.”

- Mark Towfiq, President & CEO, TFT Holdings

Trials
Commercial Litigation
Securities
Insurance Recovery/Bad Faith
White Collar Criminal Defense
Legal Malpractice

Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (by invitation only, limited to top ½ of 1 percent of lawyers nationally)

The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2022-2023)

The Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America (2023)

California Lawyer Magazine CLAY Award (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year), Municipal Law (2019)

The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, “Top Defense Verdicts” (2018)

The Best Lawyers in America®, S. Naifeh & G. Smith, White Collar Criminal Defense (2020-2023 eds.); Qui Tam Law, and White Collar Criminal Defense

Los Angeles Magazine, “Southern California Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation-Defense” (2020-2022)

The Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Top Plaintiff Settlements” (2019)

Selected by Super Lawyers®, Top-Rated Civil Litigation Attorney (2020)

Federal Bar Association, Younger Federal Lawyer Award (2017)

In 2022, Chase was co-lead trial counsel on the successful defense of Oscar-winning Kevin Spacey in a sexual battery civil jury trial in the Southern District of New York.  After five years of intense litigation, he and Jennifer Keller convinced the jury that Mr. Spacey was not liable and Mr. Rapp should not be given a penny of the $40 million dollars he was seeking.  They jury deliberated only thirty minutes before reaching a unanimous verdict. The trial was covered by the global media.

Co-lead counsel on jury trial resulting in defense verdict for the City of Costa Mesa in a legal challenge brought by a network of sober living homes.  Awarded Clay Award (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year).

Represented telecom company Ericsson in FRAND dispute with smartphone maker TCL.

Won two court trials against billionaire bond king Bill Gross, securing a restraining order in the first trial for harassing his neighbor by blasting loops of the theme song from Gilligan’s Island, and later convicting Mr. Gross of contempt for defying court orders.  Mr. Gross was sentenced to jail after the conviction.

Successfully represented CashCall Inc. in legal malpractice lawsuit brought against Katten Muchin. Damages exceeded $850 million.  A confidential settlement was reached on eve of trial.

Successfully represented tech billionaire Henry Nicholas (Broadcom co-founder) in tax case against the United States, which had disallowed his deductions for distressed Chinese debt.  Eve of trial settlement allowed an approximately $40 million deduction.  This was the first time such a deduction has been permitted by the Government.

Successfully represented Tony, Emmy and two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey on civil litigation in the Central District of California.

Represented I-Hsin Chen, a shipping container warehouse magnate, who was indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal.

Defending Microsoft Corporation in twelve patent cases.

Secured jury acquittal for client charged with committing financial fraud against the federal government.

Representing school district in federal grand jury investigation.

Secured jury acquittal for client accused of criminal counterfeit and importation offenses.

Defended hedge fund manager during FINRA, SEC, and federal criminal investigations alleging insider trading and financial market manipulation.

Obtained one of the nation’s only dismissals of terrorism-related charges in high-publicity federal prosecution.

Secured jury acquittal in federal firearms trial.

Obtained noncustodial disposition for former partner of large international law firm in federal tax fraud prosecution.

Defended professor from prominent university against allegations of fraud and embezzlement.

Managed comprehensive international investigation, and conducted proceedings in foreign court, in federal fraud prosecution.

Defended owner of healthcare company against allegations of fraud.

Obtained jury acquittal for federal official charged with criminal misconduct.

Defended a Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marines in federal fraud prosecution.

Obtained jury acquittal in federal drug prosecution in which client faced a potential life sentence.

Defended international entrepreneur against tax fraud allegations.

Represented business owner accused of violating federal currency regulations.

Obtained acquittal for client charged with theft from financial institution.

Obtained acquittal for client charged with large-scale narcotics offenses.

State Bar of California

State Bar of New York

District of Columbia Bar (inactive)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California; and Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative (2018-2022)

Orange County Bar Association

Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors, Orange County Chapter (2018-2022)

Federal Bar Association, Secretary, Orange County Chapter (2021-2022)

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Inside the Federal Criminal Justice System: A Discussion with Orange County Leaders in Federal Prosecution and Defense,” panel moderator (2022)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County, Los Angeles and Inland Empire Chapters, “Federal Criminal Practice in the Covid-19 Era: A Discussion Regarding the Pandemic’s Impact on Criminal Procedure in the Central District of California,” panel moderator (2020)

Riverside County Bar Association – Civil Litigation Section, “Making Complex Litigation Simple for Trial” (2020)

27th Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing,  “Sentencing Strategies Under the Amended Guidelines” (2018)

Federal Criminal Justice Act Seminar, Federal District of Indiana, “Strategically using the Federal Rules of Evidence to Admit Exculpatory Evidence” (2017)

National Senior Federal Defender Conference, “Using Federal Rule of Evidence 803(3) as the Cornerstone of Your Trial Practice” (2017)

Federal Defenders of San Diego, “Practical Tips for Closing Arguments in Jury Trials,” presented to new attorneys (2016)

Southern District of California, “Effective Evidentiary Hearing Litigation Strategies” (2016)

National Senior Federal Defender Seminar, “Sentencing Strategies in Synthetic Drug Cases” (2015)

Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, “Defending Non-citizen Clients Charged in Federal Court” (2012)

Central District of California, “Advanced Techniques in Cross-Examination” (2010)

Loyola Law School, guest lecturer for advanced trial advocacy class (2008-2010)

Southern District of California, “Effective Voir Dire in Criminal Cases,” (2006)

Southern District of California, “Defending Federal Border Crime Charges,” (2005)

Demonstrative Evidence: Tell and Show,” Jennifer Keller and Chase Scolnick, (Litigation Journal, American Bar Association, Spring 2021)

November 17, 2022 – Successful defense of Kevin Spacey was a case study in trial preparation – Daily Journal

October 20, 2022 – Closing Arguments – Kevin Spacey – Anthony Rapp Trial – Ana Chevalier

October 17, 2022 – Kevin Spacey testifies in his defense in civil trial – CNN

September 27, 2022 – Kevin Spacey Seeks to Limit Testimony of Expert Witness From Ghislaine Maxwell Case

October 2, 2021 – CNN “Bill Gross is in trouble for tormenting his neighbors with loud music — again”

October 1, 2021 – Business Insider “Billionaire Bill Gross found guilty of contempt in a harassment case with his neighbors involving a $1 million sculpture and the ‘Gilligan’s Island’ theme song”

October 1, 2021 – Bloomberg Wealth ” Bill Gross Found in Contempt of Court, Gets Suspended Jail Time

July 20, 2021 – Law 360 “Ericsson, TCL Settle Wireless Tech Patent Licensing Battle”

May 14, 2021 – New York Times “A Kevin Spacey Accuser Tried to Sue Anonymously. A Judge Said No.”

March 27, 2019 – Daily Journal CLAY Award profile – “Writing the legal blueprint for cities as it relates to sober-living homes”

September 5, 2015 – New York Daily News “Woman’s conviction for smuggling cocaine in luggage at JFK overturned”

March 27, 2015 – Fox News “Feds want case dropped against Afghan in Calif.”

August 20, 2013 – Brooklyn Eagle “Brooklyn federal judge finds stop-and-frisk of parolee illegal”

December 5, 2010 -Washington Post “Tension grows between Calif. Muslims, FBI after informant infiltrates mosque”

October 1, 2010 – LA Times “Federal prosecutors seek dismissal of perjury and fraud charges against Tustin man”

Spanish