Our Team

Our Team

Lipeles Law is here to help you reclaim your life. Whether you are struggling to regain normalcy following a personal injury accident, or standing up to unfair treatment at work, we will help you to secure justice. Our employment division can handle wage and hour disputes, workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and class action inquiries. Our personal injury division handles automobile accidents, premises liability like dog bites and catastrophic injury, sexual abuse, civil rights cases, and more. 

 

We understand that both personal injury cases and employment cases can be deeply personal and emotional. We strive to treat our clients with empathy and respect. We understand that when you come to us, you are facing a significant life challenge. We promise to ease the process and guide you to a positive outcome.

Kevin A. Lipeles

Founding Attorney

Combining his entrepreneurial and legal knowledge and experience, Kevin A. Lipeles founded Lipeles Law Group, APC, in 2007. For over 12 years, Mr. Lipeles’ practice has focused on employment and labor law, personal injury, civil rights, class action litigation, and sexual abuse cases. 

Since founding Lipeles Law Group, Mr. Lipeles has handled hundreds of cases ranging from simple vehicle collisions to complex class actions. Although there are never any guarantees with case results, Mr. Lipeles has consistently obtained 6 figure results for his clients. He has even achieved 7 figure results for his clients.

Mr. Lipeles’s focus is on his client’s best interests. Mr. Lipeles is often found stating, “the real negotiations don’t start until the lawsuit is filed,” in which case, Mr. Lipeles is recognized for both his negotiation skills and his hardline litigation skills. 

Before founding Lipeles Law Group, Mr. Lipeles managed several retail businesses, including a high-end jewelry business and a full-service restaurant. In addition, Mr. Lipeles represented and managed professional prizefighters to secure his boxers’ high profile and world championship fights. As a result, Mr. Lipeles brings a wealth of knowledge and experience beyond the theoretical or “book smart” confines of a legal dispute, thereby delivering a practical, business-oriented approach to solving disputes and winning lawsuits. 

Mr. Lipeles received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he served as a class representative for two years. Also, Mr. Lipeles served on the Dean’s List, graduating in the top 30% of his class. While in law school, Mr. Lipeles served as an extern to the Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution and served as an extern to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Di Lorreto in the Long Beach division.

Mr. Lipeles is fluent in Spanish.

In his free time, Mr. Lipeles enjoys spending time with his family, attending live sporting events, especially boxing and fishing.  

Admitted to Practice:

  • State Courts of California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • District Court, Central District of California
  • District Court, Eastern District of California
  • District Court, Southern District of California

Thomas H. Schelly

Esq.

Thomas H. Schelly is a seasoned litigator, having been in practice for nearly 20 years. For the past 11 years, he has focused on plaintiffs’ employment, personal injury, and civil rights law in State and Federal courts. He has successfully tried cases to verdict before juries, judges, and arbitrators. He also has great success in resolving cases out of court and obtaining large settlements for his clients. 

Before working with Lipeles Law Group, Mr. Schelly handled claims and disputes related to insurance coverage, construction defect, professional liability, contract law, intellectual property, and premises liability while working for a prominent downtown law firm. This training in complex and highly technical lawsuits helped him to develop solid analytic and problem-solving skills.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Schelly worked in the music industry as a music studio broker, helping artists, producers, and engineers secure the best studios for their projects at the best rate. He also managed a world-class recording studio, working with top artists.

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
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • District Court, Central District of California
  • District Court, Eastern District of California
  • District Court, Northern District of California

Publications

“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

Todd Vollucci

Esq.

Todd Vollucci’s practice includes general business litigation and labor law litigation for individuals, businesses, and class action plaintiffs. Mr. Vollucci is also a licensed tax practitioner, preparing personal, corporate, partnership, estate, and trust tax returns for over 25 years.

Mr. Vollucci uses his extensive financial, business, and tax background to handle federal and various state agency tax issues. He also prepares expert complex damage projections and estimates.

Before joining Lipeles Law Group, Mr. Vollucci worked for twelve years with a construction defect firm, McGuinness and Associates, handling construction defect and collection cases involving airports, hotels, schools, and condominium complexes. Mr. Vollucci also handled corporate and partnership formation.

Mr. Vollucci received his J.D. from Loyola Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. While at Loyola, Mr. Vollucci served as an extern with the U.S. Tax Attorney’s office.

Over the years, Mr. Vollucci has helped accumulate hundreds of successful judgments in labor law litigation. He has obtained the dismissal of a multi-million dollar claim by the California Franchise Tax Board against a corporation, with no payment by the client. He has achieved the dismissal of litigation against an investment firm by a disgruntled investor, for no payment by the investment firm, successfully resolved through mediation. He is also highly-experienced in cases involving breach of contract and professional misconduct and the filing of numerous mechanic’s liens, stop notices, bond claims, and Miller Act notices to effectuate payment to subcontractor clients.

Admitted to Practice

  • State Courts of California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Julian Bellenghi

Esq.

Mr. Bellenghi is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia School of Law and Georgetown University. While in law school, he interned with Justice Rita Davidson on the Maryland Court of Appeals, that state’s highest court. Upon graduation, Mr. Bellenghi served as a law clerk for Judge Jean Dwyer at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Bellenghi specializes in trial and appellate law. He has tried and pursued appeals of various cases in local and federal courts in California, the District of Columbia, New York, and Connecticut. His areas of expertise include labor and employment, union-management relations, probate, contract interpretation, torts, specifically catastrophic personal injury, libel and slander, and intra-church disputes. Mr. Bellenghi also has represented clients in labor arbitrations, contract negotiations, and before federal and state regulatory agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Mr. Bellenghi is a former court-appointed arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court and a former Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He is a former President of the Italian American Lawyers Association and fluent in both Italian and Spanish.

Bar Admissions:

  • United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

Andrew T. Magaline

Esq.

Andrew T. Magaline is of Counsel to the Lipeles Law Group, APC where he handles complex procedural issues, law & motion, business and tax advisory matters, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Magaline also handles select criminal matters.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Magaline maintained a discerning practice in the areas of land use, business, and landlord-tenant law, while serving as IRS resolution counsel for a respected boutique CPA firm in San Francisco. He has a well-earned reputation for excellent preparation, tenacious representation, and no-nonsense negotiation while maintaining the utmost levels of professionalism. Mr. Magaline is also known to think outside the box to come up with creative novel legal arguments.  

Mr. Magaline earned his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and with pro-bono honors in December of 2012.  While in school, Mr. Magaline earned numerous awards for excellence mortgages and land use law and pre-trial preparation. He clerked for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office in their Land Use Litigation Unit, where he played an important role in a wide range of high-stakes inverse condemnation and construction defect cases. In his free time, Mr. Magaline is an avid golfer and outdoorsman and is an accomplished marksman.

Admitted to Practice

  • State Courts of California
  • District Court, Central District of California
  • District Court, Eastern District of California
  • District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court

Ralph Kottke

Esq.

Ralph comes from the State of Washington, where he attended undergraduate school at the University of Washington. There he wrote articles for the college newspaper and pursued his study of history.

He then attended the University of Oregon Law School, where he wrote for and helped edit the school’s law review. He won an award for effective legal writing and, as part of the school’s outreach program, helped free a prisoner in the state penitentiary who had not received a fair trial.

After obtaining his Juris Doctor degree at Oregon, he returned home to be admitted to the Washington State Bar. As his first legal job, he worked for Spokane Legal Services, helping disadvantaged persons. He then opened his own practice in Seattle. He practiced family, personal injury, and criminal law. His proudest moment came when he successfully defended a Marine Corps couple facing the loss of their baby.

After practicing in Washington, he moved to California. There he became a member of the California Bar and has continued his dedication to assisting the vulnerable.

His hobbies include reading history and playing tennis with his son. His heroes are Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill.

 Admitted to Practice:

  • State Courts of California
  • Central District of California, Federal Court

Suzanne Boyle

Esq.

Ms. Boyle’s practice includes medical malpractice, elder abuse, premises liability, and personal injury. Before joining Mr. Lipeles, Ms. Boyle worked for twenty-five years for the firms of O’Flaherty & Belgum and Fonda & Fraser. Ms. Boyle is also a licensed real estate broker.

Ms. Boyle received her J.D. from Western State University, where she graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian. She was a recipient of a Dean’s scholarship, a member of Law Review, and earned 14 American Juris Prudence awards. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in mathematics and a minor in French.

Admitted to Practice

  • State Courts of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California

Edward Chung

Esq.

Mr. Chung has been practicing law in California since 2011. Mr. Chung’s practice includes employment and labor, business litigation, and tax advisory matters. Before joining Lipeles Law Group, Mr. Chung focused his practice in civil litigation in the areas of employment and breach of contract and achieved excellent results for his clients. Mr. Chung is also well versed in workers’ compensation and taxation. 

Mr. Chung earned his J.D. from Southwestern Law School and studied at Loyola Law School, where he received his LL.M. in Taxation. While in law school, he served as an extern at United States Attorney’s Office Tax Division and Office of Chief Counsel for Internal Revenue Service.  

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Chung successfully passed the CPA exam and gained substantial accounting and tax experience. Mr. Chung is also fluent in Korean. 

Admitted to Practice

  • State Courts of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California

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