Thomas H. Schelly’s practice focuses on general business and insurance litigation in state and federal courts, including disputes related to insurance coverage, construction defect, professional liability, contract law, employer liability, intellectual property, personal injury, and premises liability. In particular, he has developed substantial experience representing design professionals, attorneys, business managers, and insurance brokers and agents in professional liability, insurance and business litigation matters.
Mr. Schelly is also well versed in entertainment litigation, and as a former music studio broker for a world-class recording studio NRG Recording, he brings industry insight to his representation of clients, which have included entertainment business management firms. Recently, he represented several of former celebrity private investigator Anthony Pellicano’s wiretapping victims.
Prior to joining Mr. Lipeles, Mr. Schelly practiced with Morris, Polich, and Purdy LLP and Jampol, Zimet, Skane and Wilcox. Notable accomplishments include settling a breach of contract claim for less than 20 percent of the original claim, and successfully defending a landowner against a negligence lawsuit when a landslide caused significant damage to the plaintiff’s home.
Mr. Schelly received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Admitted to Practice
State Courts of California (2001)
District Court, Central District of California (2001)
District Court, Eastern District of California (2008)
District Court, Northern District of California (2008)
District Court, District of Hawaii (2009) (pro hac vice)
Los Angeles County Bar Association
American Inns of Court
“Compelling Arbitration”, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, November 2004
“Bias: Now You See It, Now You Don’t”, Seminar, MCLE – presented by American Inns of Court, February 2007
“Construction Defect: Slipping and Crumbling Home Developments”, Forum Magazine June 2007