Mr. Gailen has been practicing law since 1980 and has been a very successful trial attorney since the first week he became an attorney.
Initially, Mr. Gailen represented clients mostly in criminal-defense jury trials where he litigated pretrial motions to suppress, Pitchess motions, motions in limine and preliminary hearings. If the case went to trial he then conducted the defense including extensive cross-examination of seasoned police officers, detectives and expert witnesses in a wide variety of specialties.
After a several years of defending clients against criminal charges, as well as spending a good amount of his practice in defending and bringing causes of action to trial in civil litigation, personal injury, contracts and business type cases.
In 1990, after Mr. Gailen had gained extensive experience in jury and court trials, he widened his practice and began representing clients in all types of family law matters — including divorce, child and spousal support, custody, evaluations and restraining orders including Domestic Violence Restraining Orders. From that point on, It was apparent that the experience Mr. Gailen had gained in cross-examining police officers, detectives and expert witnesses resulted in his having a distinct and obvious advantage in the cross-examination of husbands and wives, and he quickly became very successful and well known in this area of the law.
Over the course of the last 33 years of practice, Mr. Gailen has litigated more than 170 trials — including jury trials and court trials in both civil and criminal cases, and court trials in Family Law matters. Also, Mr. Gailen has litigated what could conservatively be considered to be thousands of court hearings in all areas of his practice including motions, orders to show cause, request for orders, restraining orders, arraignments, preliminary hearings, trial setting conferences, pretrial conferences, mandatory settlement conferences, final status conferences, readiness conferences, filings, hearings and trials in Department of Childrens Services courts, Juvenile Dependency hearings and other types of hearings in state court, the California Court of Appeal and U.S. District Court (9th Circuit). Mr. Gailen has also represented clients through the years in other states and federal court circuits throughout the United States — including Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Illinois, Minnesota and Colorado.
In addition to Mr. Gailen's substantial experience in most areas of litigation in practically every type of action or case that would bring a party into a courtroom, arbitration or mediation, he has also gained expertise in the out-of-court handling of his clients' cases such as the negotiation of resolutions with opposing counsel and with the court to his clients' benefit. Mr. Gailen believes in preventive legal help such as advising his clients regarding their rights and then preparing and reviewing contracts and agreements before they are signed to possibly avoid future litigation relating to the terms of these documents.
Mr. Gailen and his staff, including attorneys, paralegals and support staff have proven to be skilled at every facet of a client's legal needs — with Mr. Gailen overseeing every aspect of his clients' cases.
Family Law (Custody, Visitation, Child & Spousal Support, Restraining Orders, Domestic Violence, Dissolution of Marraige, Separation and Nullity petitions); Criminal Defense (DUIs, theft, drug cases, concealed weapons charges, embezzlement, fraud and other types of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges); DMV hearings relating to DUI and license issues, administrative hearings including LAUSD, ABC (Alcohol and Beverage Control) and other city, county and state agency licensing issues; Civil Litigation (contract and business disputes); Debt Collection; Entertainment litigation; Personal Injury such as vehicular accidents, slip and fall, slander and defamation and wrongful termination; Business related issues including drafting and interpretation of contracts, agreements, partnership agreements, Non-disclosure, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, formation and Incorporation of a business as well as an Limited Liability Company (LLC) and dba's (fictitious business name statement). Probate preparation of Wills and analysis and litigation if necessary of Trusts.
Los Angeles County Bar Association; State Bar of California.
Born: Los Angeles, California
Mr. Gailen and Scott Gailen, Inc. have been involved in several published cases that other attorneys, courts and litigants may rely upon as precedent in their cases.
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