Scali Rasmussen's attorneys have been recognized for their accessibility, attention to client needs, and high degree of specialization in auto dealer law. Our team includes veteran lawyers with decades experience in high-stakes litigation, as well as Rising Stars, a distinction reserved for the top 2.5% of California attorneys practicing 10 years or less. Whether you need a simple consultation, or complete outside general counsel services, please contact us to see how we can help resolve your legal matters.

Our team

Christian Scali

Founder and Managing Partner

Mr. Scali’s has a diverse automotive industry practice that includes advertising, consumer finance, consumer product safety, data security, employment advice and counsel and litigation, employee mobility, franchise, privacy, trade secret protection, entertainment litigation and intellectual property litigation. In addition to regularly advising clients in the automotive, transportation and logistics, retail, internet marketing, media and technology and entertainment industries on these issues, he litigates regulatory and civil matters.

Halbert (Bert) Rasmussen has extensive experience representing car, truck, bus, and motorcycle dealers in most legal issues they face. Bert represents clients in franchise disputes (including New Motor Vehicle Board Protests) as well as in business transactions, such as dealer buy-sells. Bert also defends clients when they are accused of violating regulatory requirements, and helps them with policies and procedures to achieve regulatory compliance. Bert’s experience also extends to negotiating dealer agreements with manufacturers, realty owners and lenders as well as mergers and acquisitions, and consumer and business litigation.

Robert (“Bob”) Mizar, is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in defending clients in personal injury and property damage claims, as well as defending automobile dealerships in claims based upon the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”) and Song-Beverly and Magnuson-Moss Warranty Acts. In addition to automobile dealerships, Mr. Mizar’s clients also include motor carriers and common carriers, automobile and rental agencies.

Melanie is a highly experienced legal and business advisor who focuses her practice primarily in two areas: Korean companies entering the U.S. market and automotive companies and dealers.

John Swenson is a senior litigation and trial attorney with over 14 years experience practicing in both the state and federal courts of California. John has substantial jury and bench trial experience, and has made many successful arguments before the court of appeal.

Jennifer Burns (formerly Jennifer Price) has served as in-house and outside employment counsel for auto dealer groups, which experience provides her with a grounded perspective in handling employment-related compliance matters. As outside counsel, she advised businesses regarding compliance with employment laws and defended businesses in employment litigation, including participating in multiple jury trials for wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuits.

Jack Schaedel has spent more than 20 years assisting clients in labor and employment law matters, including wage-hour and employment litigation and providing advice and counsel to employers in managing their workforces.

Robert D. Daniels

Senior Counsel

Mr. Daniels’ practice areas for the firm include consumer and commercial litigation, commercial law, secured transactions, bankruptcy law, real estate law, and automotive dealer law. He mentor’s the firm’s associate attorneys and assists Mr. Scali in the firm’s consumer litigation. His substantial trial practice over the years includes both the California Superior Courts and Federal Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Daniels also has wide experience in transactional matters, including real estate loans, buy/sells, personal property secured loans, and commercial contracts.

Bruce Nye

Attorney of Counsel

Bruce Nye is a veteran trial lawyer and mediator. Bruce has practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977, has managed litigation throughout the United States and has tried cases in all nine Bay Area counties and in courts throughout California. He has tried more than fifty cases to verdict or judgment. His broad career trial experience ranges from representing automobile dealerships and other companies in consumer litigation to representing companies in business litigation, toxic exposure litigation, personal injury, product liability and employment litigation.

Monica J. Baumann

Senior Associate

Monica Baumann is a litigator and adviser with extensive experience in the automotive industry and in consumer environmental litigation, including Proposition 65 issues. She advises dealer clients and litigates all aspects of dealership legal and regulatory compliance. She previously served as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs with the California New Car Dealers Association, where she developed cutting edge compliance programs for dealerships and focused on emerging legal and regulatory issues impacting the sales, finance and service of vehicles. Monica has extensive experience working with dealers and their staff to find practical business solutions to tough legal issues.

Jade F. Jurdi

Senior Associate

Jade has extensive litigation experience, with a focus on litigating consumer class claims and claims related to consumer product compliance. More specifically, he has litigated dozens of class cases alleging violations of California and Federal consumer protection statutes and unfair competition laws.

Gregory G. Sperla

Senior Associate

Greg has extensive litigation experience, with a focus on litigating complex and consumer class claims and claims related to consumer product compliance. He has litigated dozens of class cases alleging violations of California and Federal consumer protection statutes and unfair competition laws. He often manages litigation teams that require diverse backgrounds and he is well-versed in e-Discovery techniques, having successfully employed them to help clients save time and money in litigation.

Jeremy H. Herwitt

Senior Associate

Jeremy is an experienced litigator and trial attorney, with an emphasis on employment and commercial litigation. He has successfully litigated a wide array of complex commercial and high-stakes business disputes, and has handled cases alleging violations of California and Federal labor laws, including wage & hour class actions defense, and claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and trade secret theft. He also has extensive experience handling claims of business fraud and violations of California unfair competition laws.

Gus N. Paras

Associate Attorney

Gus N. Paras has a regulatory and transactional practice. He was part of the team at Scali Law that drafted the California New Car Dealers Association’s 2015 Advertising Manual and routinely advises automotive dealerships on advertising compliance, Red Flags compliance and compliance with F&I regulations.

Jasmin B. Bhandari

Associate Attorney

Ms. Bhandari is an associate with The Scali Law Firm’s Employment and Litigation practice groups. She maintains a regulatory and litigation practice primarily focused on labor and employment law. She provides advice and counsel to clients on compliance with state and federal employment laws, including termination and on-boarding issues.

Gregory B. Wilbur

Associate Attorney

Gregory B. Wilbur is an associate in the Scali Law Firm’s Litigation and Employment practice groups and has extensive experience in single-plaintiff and class action employment litigation. He is well versed in the California Labor Code and the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and is adept at evaluating exposure to damages and penalties from wage-and-hour class action lawsuits. He has also litigated numerous discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the federal Civil Rights Act, and other statutes. In addition, he regularly counsels clients on employment policies and decisions to prevent costly litigation before disputes arise. As a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group he also defends clients against consumer claims, including suits under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and the Song-Beverly Act.

Nima Kamali

Associate Attorney

Nima Kamali is an associate with The Scali Law Firm's Litigation practice group. He has extensive experience representing clients in business disputes involving breach-of-contract, fraud, unfair competition, and breach of fiduciary duties claims. Mr. Kamali's experience includes representing automobile dealerships in business and employment litigation, arbitration, and mediation. In addition, he has experience with the California Franchise Investment Law, and he has argued in both state and federal court.

Michael J. DeSantis

Associate Attorney

Mr. DeSantis is an associate with The Scali Law Firm's Litigation practice group. He defends clients against consumer claims—including lawsuits brought under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and the Song-Beverly Act—personal injury claims and in contract disputes.

Shayna E. Dickstein

Associate Attorney

Ms. Dickstein is an associate with Scali Rasmussen’s Labor and Employment practice group. She represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions and claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.