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Kristian T. Kaskla

Associate

Kristian Kaskla’s practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on catastrophic personal injury, premises liability, products liability, and wrongful death actions. Kristian is licensed in Nevada and California and has prevailed on dispositive motions in both states. Kristian has never hesitated to seek out and make novel dispositive motion arguments—which have saved clients significant time and money in litigation. He is fluent in Estonian.

Education

Central Washington University, B.A.,
cum laude, 2013

University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, J.D.,
cum laude, 2017
Senior Staff,
Nevada Law Journal




Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Nevada

    State Bar of California

    The Nevada U.S District Court

    Central District of California U.S District Court

Representative Experience

Prevailed on a motion for judgment on the pleadings in favor of a hotel in a premises liability action arguing that the alleged cause of injury present in the plaintiff’s hotel room could not constitute a “dangerous condition” under Nevada law. 

Prevailed on a motion to dismiss in favor of a construction contractor arising out a personal injury occurring at the job site by successfully arguing the litigation was barred by unique application of Nevada law related to a contract clause. 

Obtained summary judgment for a contractor arising out of catastrophic injury action brought by plaintiff for serious burns caused by an allegedly defective processing unit at a California oil refinery. Successfully argued that plaintiff was owed no duty as the mechanism of injury was unknown to the contractor and unforeseeable under California law.

Obtained summary judgment for hazardous waste disposal company arising out of catastrophic injury action brought by contractor plaintiff related to injuries caused by an exploding chemical drum. Successfully argued that plaintiff’s testimony established that the contractor was acting as a special employer under California law and therefore plaintiff’s action was barred by the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation.

Assisted in defense and procurement of favorable settlement for hotel in a premises liability and wrongful death case resulting in two deaths. Prepared motion for summary judgment circulated during settlement negotiations to convince plaintiffs to accept substantially lower settlement offer.

Assisted in defense and procurement of favorable settlement for health insurer in a high-exposure bad faith action arising out of a previously litigated wrongful death case related to a denial of benefits. Prepared motion for summary judgment used by the mediator to persuade plaintiff to make substantially lower settlement offer.

Awards & Recognitions

ABA Law Student Division Region 9 Negotiation Competition, Third Place Finalist (2017)

ABA Law Student Division Region 12 Client Counselling Competition, Second Place Finalist (2016)

Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution Invitational Negotiation Competition, First Place Winner (2015)

Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution In-House Client Counseling Competition, First Place Winner (2014)

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association