Leading automotive industry lawyer Halbert Rasmussen joins The Scali Law Firm in Los Angeles

Published on


The Scali Law Firm announced today that Halbert “Bert” Rasmussen has joined the firm as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Rasmussen, previously a partner at Arent Fox, LLP, is highly regarded for the breadth and depth of his industry knowledge and experience in representing major players in car, truck, bus, and motorcycle sales, finance, and technology. “Bert’s addition represents a milestone in the expansion of the firm’s practice, which now includes thirteen lawyers in 5 offices,” said Christian Scali, principal of the Scali Law Firm.

At the Scali Law Firm, Rasmussen reunites with his former colleagues from Manning, Leaver, Bruder & Berberich, Christian Scali and Robert Daniels, and, from Arent Fox, Melanie Joo. In representing the California New Car Dealers Association (“CNCDA”) as a client, Rasmussen also previously worked with Monica Baumann during her tenure as CNCDA’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs.

“Re-joining Chris, Bob, Melanie and Monica was clearly a great opportunity,” said Rasmussen. “Collectively, our attorneys possess the knowledge and experience to provide our clients with unparalleled breadth and depth of legal representation.”

“We are absolutely delighted that Bert is joining us,” said Scali. “He was a wonderful colleague when we worked together previously, and it will be terrific to work with him again.” “Bert epitomizes the standard of a client-service-oriented lawyer with the utmost sophistication both in the law and industry knowledge,” Scali said. “He shares our vision of the future – to develop an automotive law practice that can attend to and satisfy the full spectrum of client needs.”

“Bert has an outstanding practice, which includes key industry players,” said Senior Automotive Counsel, Robert Daniels. “He is one of a select few attorneys in the country with the experience and skill to handle litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters for automotive industry clients.”

“The scope and caliber of the firm’s practice were also big draws for me,” added Rasmussen. “I will have access to everyone I need to give my clients best-in-class service and handle virtually all issues that arise.”

Rasmussen has delivered critical litigation wins for clients on matters ranging from franchise disputes, such as franchise terminations, dealership sale (“buy-sell”) disputes, and breach of contract matters, to name a few. At the same time, Rasmussen regularly counsels and represents clients on buy-sell, real estate, franchise, and regulatory matters.

Reflecting his passion for representing clients on franchise issues, Rasmussen successfully completed the process to become and has been certified as a franchise and distribution law specialist by the State Bar of California. He has received the AV® Peer-Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. A prolific author on issues of importance to the dealer community, his books, which have been published by the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) and the California New Car Dealers Association, include “A Dealer Guide to the FTC Red Flags and Address Discrepancy Rule.” He also has been published in many dealer and professional publications.

Mr. Rasmussen obtained his bachelor’s degree from University of California Los Angeles, and graduated cum laude from Loyola Law School in 1982. Prior to entering private practice, he served as associate general counsel to a publicly traded international pharmaceutical company.