James J. Kjar
James J. Kjar is a senior partner in the Law Firm ofReback, McAndrews & Blessey, located in Manhattan Beach, California, which specializes in the trial of civil defense, personal injury cases, particularly in the area of professional liability.
He has concentrated his practice for the past 30 years in the defense of civil injury cases. Mr. Kjar's experience also includes the trial of cases in the areas of products liability, employment law, general liability, automobile, elder abuse, and insurance bad faith. Mr. Kjar has written and lectured extensively in the area of trial tactics and techniques.
He has been invited to lecture on the subject numerous times by the California Trial Lawyers Association and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles at their annual conventions, which are the two largest plaintiff personal injury trial organizations in the United States. Mr. Kjar has also lectured to hospitals and health organization on risk management and preventative medico-legal medicine, including at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.
Mr. Kjar has comprehensive experience in representing attorneys in legal malpractice actions and State Bar proceedings. He has lectured to a number of Trial Lawyer Organizations on the subject, as well as to the University of Southern California School of Law. He is certified by the State Bar of California as a legal malpractice specialist.
Mr. Kjar has served on the board of directors of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel based in Los Angeles. The ASCDC is the largest defense lawyer organization in the United States. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has been selected to participate in the ABOTA "Masters in Trial" educational program.
Mr. Kjar is a member of The California Medical Legal Committee. The CMLC is limited to 50 members from Northern and Southern California.
Mr. Kjar is a member of The American College of Trial Lawyers. The American College of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only organization that limits its membership to the top 1% of the trial attorneys in the United States and Canada members are nominated within The College and then vetted by judges and attorneys they have litigated with. It is considered the preeminent trial lawyer organization in the country.
Born: Los Angeles, California. Admitted to California State Bar (1980).
Education: University of Southern California (B.A., 1977); Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (J.D., 1980).
Author/Presenter: "Cross-Examination of a Medical Expert at Trial," Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association (LATLA) Annual Symposium, (Oct. 1989); "Common Mistakes of Plaintiff Personal Injury Lawyers at Trial," California Trial Lawyers Association Annual Symposium (Sept. 1990); "Mock Trial of a Personal Injury Case," LATLA Annual Symposium (Sept. 1991); "Cross-Examination of Plaintiff’s Economist Expert at Trial," LATLA Annual Symposium (Sept. 1992); Guest Speaker: Annual Convention of International College of Surgeons (Oct. 1993); "Persuasive Presentation of Damages," Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Annual Damages Symposium (June 1993); "Medical Malpractice Litigation: The Defense Perspective," "California Trial Lawyers Annual Convention" (Nov. 1994); "Courtroom Conduct: Tactics, Ethics, Contempt, and Common Sense," California Continuing Education of the Bar (June 1994); "Techniques in Taking the Deposition of a Plaintiff," Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association (March 1995); "Cross-Examination of Plaintiff at Trial - Mock Trial of a Legal Malpractice Case" Consumer’s Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Annual Convention (October 1997); "The Defense Perspective on the Plaintiff’s Case for the Uninitiated" Consumer Attorneys Association of California Annual Tahoe Seminar (March 1997); "Mock Trial of a Premises Liability Case", CAALA Annual Convention, (October 1999); "How to Avoid Being Sued for Legal Malpractice", CAALA Annual Convention, (August 2002); "Defending Medical Malpractice Cases", American Society of Bariatric Surgeons Annual Meeting, (June 2002); Legal Malpractice Litigation: Presented at Association of Southern California Defense Counsel Annual Santa Barbara Seminar, November, 2002; Moderator: "The Current State of Medical Malpractice Litigation in California" Association Of Southern California Defense Counsel Annual Santa Barbara Seminar, November, 2003; "Defending Bariatric Surgery Cases" California Medical Legal Committee, April, 2008. "Trial of Cases Involving Agency Theories" California Medical Legal Committee Annual Meeting, March 2009; "Mock Trial of a Legal Malpractice Case" presented at NABRICO (North American Bar Related Insurance Companies) Annual Meeting, October 2009; "Legal Exposure for Defending Medical Spas" Presented at Annual American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) Convention, October 2009; "Cross-Examination of Experts at Trial" CAALA Annual Convention, 2010; "Defending the High-Risk Physician" presented at Crittendon Medical National Insurance Conference, April 2011; "Defending Hospitals against Agency Theories", Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management (SCAHRM), February 2013; "Closing Arguments" presented at ABOTA Annual Masters In Trial, June 2012; "Use of Experts at Trial", CAALA Annual Convention, 2011; "National Trends in Medical Malpractice Cases", National Executive Summit on healthcare litigation, Farmington, CT, September 2012; Lecturer at Cedar Sinai Medical Center Spine Surgery Grand Rounds, May 2013; "Handling Medical Malpractice Cases", presented to Beverly Hills Bar Association, June 2014; "Handling Arbitration of Medical Malpractice and other Professional Liability Cases", presented at CAALA Annual Convention, September 2014. Moderator at Crittenden Conference re: “Emerging Theories Facing Tort Litigators, Crittenden National Medical Conference” (April 2015); Moderator at Crittenden Conference re: "Millennials and Medicine: What Does the Future Hold?" (April 2016).
Of Interest: Rated AV (Preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell since 1993; Chosen as a Los Angeles Magazine "Super Lawyer" (2004-2016), Featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal "Litigator Profile" (12/93), March 1999; Profiled in Verdict Magazine, (4/99), (7/2003). Invited speaker on a variety of professional liability issues by various insurance companies, medical schools, law schools, and physician residency training programs. Certified by the State Bar of California as a Legal Malpractice Specialist
Member: State Bar of California; American Board of Trial Advocates; Los Angeles County Bar Association; and Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Board of Directors, 1991-1993); Litigation Counsel of America; American College of Trial Lawyers; California Medical / Legal Committee.