Attorney Zach Skidelsky arrived at the McCready Law Group after a successful career as a prosecutor and a Hollywood star. A rising star in Hollywood, Mr. Skidelsky mastered the art of storytelling and conveying the emotion behind the facts as an actor before he switched career paths and began studying broadcast journalism at Southern California’s prestigious Chapman University.
At Chapman U., Mr. Skidelsky received the grades and the plaudits to qualify for the highly exclusive Chapman Law School. He was on the Dean’s List and received a merit scholarship at Chapman University before he entered law school.
At Chapman Law School, Mr. Skidelsky was chosen to be a criminal law fellow, a mentor for first-year law students. He was also selected to be on Chapman’s mock trial team and moot court team. He was also selected to clerk for two Orange County judges. He was on the Dean’s List at Chapman Law School.
Once he became an attorney, he beat out hundreds of other applicants in three rounds of interviews to enter a fellowship with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Skidelsky impressed his peers and superiors at the District Attorney’s Office by winning every DUI trial that he was given, a rare feat for any prosecutor.
As a result of his experience as a prosecutor, Mr. Skidelsky knows the prosecutor’s playbook and draws on his experience as a trial litigator His relationships judges and prosecutors help him to get the best possible results for his clients.
Mr. Skidelsky’s career took another turn when he wanted to give back to the Southern California community. He decided to leave the District Attorney’s Office and go into private practice with the McCready Law Group, where he would be given the opportunity to represent clients in major death penalty cases, third strike domestic violence cases, multi-million dollar embezzlement cases, and very high profile civil cases, including wrongful death cases, sexual abuse cases, and complex business litigation.
On the criminal law side of this practice, Mr. Skidelsky has successfully handled “life cases” (where the maximum penalty is life in prison) and third strike cases. Mr. Skidelsky has consistently saved clients from serving life in prison by either resolving cases for a different charge or getting the charges completely dismissed. He has been deployed as the law firm’s “ace negotiator” at the Long Beach Courthouse, the Bellflower Courthouse, the Torrance Courthouse, the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, and the Norwalk Courthouse. He has also represented the firm’s top clients in Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Westminster, and Fullerton.
To ensure that he stays on top of all of the latest changes in the law, he is a member in good standing with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the California DUI Lawyers’ Association.
On the civil litigation side of private practice, Mr. Skidelsky recently successfully secured the dismissal of a former professional football player from a multi-million dollar sexual abuse lawsuit. He has also filed lawsuits against cities and counties that have engaged in malicious prosecution as well as several egregious acts of abuse of process, defamation of character, and false arrest/false imprisonment.
When he is not representing clients in court, Mr. Skidelsky is a multi-talented musician who can play seven musical instruments. He also loves Formula 1 automobile racing and classic cars. He plays tennis and watches old films in Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.