Victoria Tsylina focuses her practice on litigation in business, real estate, trust and probate matters.  Her main objective is to promote clients’ interests, aggressively working up their cases and developing thorough legal strategies on their behalf.  Ms. Tsylina has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including taking and defending depositions, law and motion practice, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and trial.  She has attained favorable results for her clients in early stages of litigation, by obtaining summary judgments and dismissals via demurrers.  Ms. Tsylina’s other representative achievements involve the following:

  • Tsylina second-chaired the trial of a medical malpractice action involving complex cosmetic surgery procedures. Due to Ms. Tsylina’s strong defense of the action, during the middle of trial, plaintiff agreed to settle for less than 10% of her claimed damages;
  • Tsylina and her colleague tried a premises liability case where plaintiff was severely injured on-site, requiring extensive orthopedic surgery. Ms. Tsylina was able to prove that plaintiff’s future lost earnings claim of approximately $2,000,000 was actually worth zero.  Although plaintiff’s claimed damages exceeded $3,000,000, the jury awarded her only $180,000, barely more than what Ms. Tsylina’s client offered as settlement before trial;
  • Tsylina, along with her team, successfully prosecuted a class action lawsuit against a national retail chain. Her clients alleged that they and other employees were misclassified as exempt employees, when they were actually non-exempt and entitled to compensation for overtime and breaks.  After engaging in extensive class action discovery and aggressively pushing the case to trial, defendant agreed to seven-figure settlement and to fairly treat such employees going forward.

Ms. Tsylina graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Loyola Law School.  During law school, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Arthur Alarcon in the United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) and the California Superior Court Judge Rex Heeseman.

Prior to becoming a litigator in the United States, Ms. Tsylina earned her law degree and practiced privately in Russia.  Because the Russian legal system (civil law) shares many features with the common law system, Ms. Tsylina developed superior negotiation skills that have proven helpful to her as an attorney in the United States.

Ms. Tsylina is fluent in both English and Russian, and also speaks conversational Spanish.

Ms. Tsylina is a member of American Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association. She provides continuing legal education and enjoys preparing presentations on topics involving cutting-edge legal issues. Her recent presentations include “New Rules of Professional Conduct,” “Habitability Issues from Landlord’s Prospective,” and “Obtaining a Summary Judgment in Premises Liability Cases under Cause of Action for Negligence.”

Education:

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, May 2013

  • Dean’s Honor List
  • Sayre Macneil Scholar
  • Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship; J. Rex Dibble Scholarship; Jesuit Community Scholarship
  • Stavropol State University, Stavropol, Russia

Bachelor of Arts, Law, October 2009

  • Dean’s List
  • First Honors Award for graduate thesis The Killing by a Mother of the Newborn Child

Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Westside Bar Association
  • Claims Litigation Management Alliance
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society

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