Phillip G. Svalya, Esq.

Practice Areas:
Brain Damage
Catastrophic Injury

Mr. Svalya graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1966 with the intent of becoming a nuclear physicist. After a year in nuclear physics graduate studies, he decided the life of a nuclear physicist was not for him. After a brief tour of duty on a minesweeper, Mr. Svalya was accepted for training as a Navy SEAL. He spent the next 18 months with SEAL Team 1. During this time, SEAL Team 1 received two Presidential Unit Citations, the highest award given to a military unit for bravery. After being appointed as SEAL Team 1 legal officer, Mr. Svalya found that he enjoyed legal work, and decided to enroll in law school.  After graduating from the law school at the University of Santa Clara, he tried cases in various fields including real property, divorce and personal injury. He found personal injury to be the most challenging, particular automobile accidents, since those cases usually involve mechanical principals. His engineering background has been very helpful in determining liability and causation. For the past 35 years, Mr. Svalya has been handling personal injury cases.  He takes great satisfaction in doing pro bono work for charitable trusts and sits on the board of four non-profit corporations, two of which do Christian medical relief work. Mr. Svalya carefully selects his cases;  the more difficult, the better. A high degree of complexity in cases, even cases other lawyers avoid, presents an enjoyable challenge for him.  He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbel, a distinction awarded to only 5% of U.S. law firms.

1974, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Law School: University of Santa Clara, J.D., 1973

College: United States Naval Academy, B.S., 1966

Military: Retired SEAL Captain, U.S. Navy (1966-1991)

Board of Directors: The Phillis Foundation; Johnston’s Hope Foundation; Albanian Health Fund; and, Wycliffe Hall College, Oxford, England

Who's Who in the World
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in America
Preeminent Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell (Fewer than 5% of all law firms in America qualify and are included in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers)
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Keynote Speaker at New Mexico Military Institute's Leadership Conference
Speaker at U.S. Air Force Academy National Character and Leadership Symposium


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