Garrett M. Prybylo
Garrett focuses his practice on litigation and dispute resolution. Clients call on him to help them overcome challenges and develop plans to achieve their business objectives.
Garrett concentrates on civil litigation, representing clients in both the prosecution and defense of complex business and real estate matters as well as land use matters involving local government. He regularly argues before local city councils for special use permits necessary to expand clients' businesses. Garrett works closely with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing to investigate discriminatory land use ordinances and has experience with several land use disputes involving licensed medical facilities and recovery homes across Southern California. He assists these clients not only with their land use matters, but with all of their litigation needs as they arise, helping them navigate various intersecting legal issues including partnership disputes and employment law.
During law school, Garrett participated in a yearlong Civil Rights Legal Clinic that focused on litigation and pre-litigation strategy in federal court. He worked on cases against the City of Chicago, the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Chicago Transit Authority.
During his second year of law school, Garrett attended ICADE in Madrid, Spain. He spent the year earning his LL.M. as well as working in the litigation and international arbitration department at Cuatrecasas Goncalves Pereira, the fourth largest law firm in Europe.
Some of Garrett's recent trials include:
- Askew v. South Coast Behavioral Health, Inc.: Obtained a favorable resolution of a partnership dispute involving the clinical director of a mental health and substance abuse recovery company seeking transparency and an accounting of the client's profit distributions (2019).
- City of Dana Point v. Wings of Hope: On a pro bono basis, successfully resolved a dispute involving the City of Dana Point's prosecution of a nuisance abatement action against a small women's recovery home to allow the home to continue operating without city interference (2020).
- Roth et al. v. Security National Guaranty, Inc.: Successfully defended all claims made by the plaintiffs against Security National Guaranty. In arbitration, the plaintiffs sought $50 million for claimed damages related to a hybrid contingency fee agreement they had with Security National Guaranty. The arbitrator ruled in favor of Security National Guaranty on all claims, finding that the contingency component of the agreement was not triggered, and that the plaintiffs were not entitled to any quantum meruit compensation (2018).
- Trevino v. Estate of Labbe: Tried the case to a jury. After three weeks, the jury returned a complete defense verdict in favor of the estate and awarded the estate $2.25 million for conversion, including $1 million in punitive damages (2017).
- American Bar Association
- Orange County Bar Association
- Young Lawyers Association
While attending law school, Garrett received the Dean's Award for Pro Bono Service for his work with various legal organizations in the Chicagoland area, including Justice For Our Neighbors and the New American Initiative. He remains a committed civil rights advocate.