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Joel Gary Selik

Joel Gary Selik

Judgment Collection & Legal Malpractice Certified Specialist CA & NV
  • Collections, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice ...
  • California, Nevada
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Biography

Attorney Selik has been a litigation attorney for over 36 Years, Trials, Settlements, Arbitrations and Mediation. Experienced Malpractice Attorney (Lawyer, Medical, CPA, Real Estate), Debt & Judgment Collection. Personal Injury and other civil litigation experienced. No Frivolous Cases, Ever.

Practice Areas
Collections
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Nursing Home Abuse
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free telephone Consultation.
  • Contingent Fees
    Some cases contingent fees considered.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Some cases taken on Contingent Fees-no attorney fee until you collect, costs only basis. In Nevada this is required: :"You may have to pay the opposing party's attorney fees and costs in the event of a loss." Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(e)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Nevada
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Selik Law Offices
- Current
Education
Michigan State Univ
Undergraduate Degree
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Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Law Degree
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University of San Diego School of Law
LL.M. (1989) | Law
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Awards
Champions of Justice - Center Partnership Award
Nevada Legal Services
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2018 Practice Areas: Professional Liability: Plaintiff (50%), Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (30%), Real Estate: Consumer (10%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Nevada Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
Nevada Legal Services
Professional Associations
Nevada Justice Assocation
Member
Current
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Bar Association of North San Diego County
Member, Former Board of Directors
Current
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San Diego County Bar Association
Member, Fee Dispute Arbitrator
Current
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Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility State Bar of Nevada
Member
- Current
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California State Bar  # 117383
Member
- Current
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State Bar of Nevada  # 402
Attorney Member
- Current
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Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
Member, Former Board of Directors
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Cyber Security Tools & Techniques: How to Meet Your Ethical Obligations
State Bar of Nevada
Sued for Fees, Clients SLAPP Attorney - Another Reason to Never Sue your Clients
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
Non-Recourse Funding
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
New California Rules of Professional Conduct 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 What Supervisors and Subordinate Lawyers Must Do
Consumer Attorneys
Speaking Engagements
Cyber Security – What you Must Know
Cognitive Biases with Juries, Voir Dire, Judges, Witnesses & Family, Vista, California
Bar Association of North San Diego County
Seminar for Attorneys on cognitive biases.
Cognitive Biases with Juries, Voir Dire, Judges, Witnesses & Family, Vista, California
Bar Association of North San Diego County
Seminar for Attorneys on cognitive biases.
Top Malpractice & Ethics Erros -- How to Avoid Being Sued, Vista, California
Bar Association of North San Diego County
Seminar for Attorneys on common legal malpractice and ethical issues.
Top Malpractice & Ethics Erros -- How to Avoid Being Sued, Vista, California
Bar Association of North San Diego County
Seminar for Attorneys on common legal malpractice and ethical issues.
Certifications
Certified Specialist Legal Malpractice
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Malpractice, Lawyer Mistakes, Lawyer Fraud-Nevada & California
Website
Debt & Judgment Collection Attorney, California & Nevada
Legal Answers
844 Questions Answered
Q. I had an elective medical procedure Aug 2021 that resulted in getting a blood transfusion like to know if I have a case
A: The first question is, did they do anything wrong. Medical malpractice means that a doctor violated the standard of care. A bad outcome is not enough. Another doctor would be needed to evaluate what the doctors did.

Next, what harms were caused by the malpractice. Due to the nature of medical malpractice cases, the extent of the injuries may affect the viability of your case.
Q. Can I sue the CHP?
A: What a horrible tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss.

Any case against the CHP would be very difficult for many reasons. First, there is a six month claim submission deadline (though, if there are federal questions, the time limit may be longer). Further, the actions of CHP were likely to be held immune from suit. Finally, it does not sound like the police caused the death so the damages may be limited in any lawsuit.

Your best route, if the claim is still within the time limits, would be a case against the adverse driver even if the police said it was not that driver's fault. Also a claim against any uninsured/under insured motorist coverage that may be applicable.

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Q. Are punitive damages applicable in situation
A: California Code of Civil Procedure § 3294 outlines what is required to obtain punitive damages.

(a) In an action for the breach of an obligation not arising from contract, where it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant has been guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice, the plaintiff, in addition to the actual damages, may recover damages for the sake of example and by way of punishing the defendant.

(b) An employer shall not be liable for damages pursuant to subdivision (a), based upon acts of an employee of the employer, unless the employer had advance knowledge of the unfitness of the employee and employed him or her with a conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others or authorized or ratified the wrongful conduct for which the damages are awarded or was personally guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice. With respect to a corporate employer, the advance knowledge and conscious disregard, authorization, ratification or act of oppression, fraud, or malice must be on the part of an officer, director, or managing agent of the corporation.

(c) As used in this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) “Malice” means conduct which is intended by the defendant to cause injury to the plaintiff or despicable conduct which is carried on by the defendant with a willful and conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others.

(2) “Oppression” means despicable conduct that subjects a person to cruel and unjust hardship in conscious disregard of that person's rights.

(3) “Fraud” means an intentional misrepresentation, deceit, or concealment of a material fact known to the defendant with the intention on the part of the defendant of thereby depriving a person of property or legal rights or otherwise causing injury.

(d) Damages may be recovered pursuant to this section in an action pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 377.10) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure based upon a death which resulted from a homicide for which the defendant has been convicted of a felony, whether or not the decedent died instantly or survived the fatal injury for some period of time. The procedures for joinder and consolidation contained in Section 377.62 of the Code of Civil Procedure shall apply to prevent multiple recoveries of punitive or exemplary damages based upon the same wrongful act.

(e) The amendments to this section made by Chapter 1498 of the Statutes of 1987 apply to all actions in which the initial trial has not commenced prior to January 1, 1988.
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3442 West Buffalo Drive
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Sunday: 10 AM - 2 AM
Selik Law Offices
100 East San Marcos Boulevard
SUITE 400
San Marcos, CA 92069
Telephone: (760) 479-1515
Fax: (760) 479-0081
Monday: 9:30 AM - 5 AM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 2 AM
Sunday: 10 AM - 2:30 AM
Mailing California and Nevada
Box 1448
San Marcos, CA 92079
Telephone: (760) 479-1515
Fax: (760) 479-0081