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Richard Gulbrandsen
Richard M. Gulbrandsen

Nearly three decades into a career focused on personal injury law, including motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death claims, Richard Gulbrandsen's record of success is a reflection of his focused, passionate and well-informed approach to every claim. It is an approach that has garnered acclaim for both he and his firm.

A graduate of Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Richard received his law degree from Arizona State University in 1982 and was admitted to the Arizona State Bar.

A measure of the respect Richard has earned within the Arizona law community is that he is a former president (and current member) of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice and the East Valley and Maricopa County Bar Associations.

By focusing on clients' rights and providing an honest assessment of their claims and options, Richard and his staff consistently facilitate the best possible case resolutions, and look forward to the continued opportunity to make a difference in the lives of personal injury victims.

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Steve Patience Personal Injury Lawyer
Steve H. Patience

A compassionate lawyer who has spent his career focusing exclusively on personal injury claims, Steve Patience brings more than 20 years of practical experience to every case.

His focus on incidents involving motor vehicles, dangerous products and insurance claims has made him a voice for victims and a passionate advocate for those who need one most.

A graduate of Brigham Young University in 1978 with a law degree from the University of Arizona in 1983, Steve is a former president of the Arizona Trial Lawyer's Association, a former president of the East Valley Bar Association and a former chair of the East Valley Trial Lawyers Association.

He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

From the beginning, Steve has played a vital role in establishing Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC as one of the Valley's premier law firms. He remains passionate about helping personal injury victims in their time of need and guiding them and their cases to satisfying resolutions.

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Michael Skousen Mesa Personal Injury
Michael J. Skousen

With more than two decades as an accomplished personal injury attorney, Michael Skousen has made a career of consistently obtaining full compensations as entitled under law for victims of motor vehicle accidents and those filing wrongful death claims.

His good work has been vital in the growth of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC into one of the Valley's premier law firms.

A graduate of Brigham Young University with a law degree from the California Western School of Law, Michael is a committed student of Arizona law and a respected member of the Arizona legal community. A member of the Arizona Bar as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, Michael is also a current member of the East Valley and Maricopa County Bar Associations, the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.

Michael brings a wealth of courtroom experience to the firm and works passionately to facilitate the best possible resolution for every claim. His successes are indicative of the type of representation clients can expect of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC.

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Jack Skousen Motor Accident Attorney
John 'Jack' Skousen

Jack Skousen has practiced law for nearly two decades with a special interest in both personal injury law, including motor vehicle accidents and civil litigations claims, as well as criminal law.

Jack's work in these two areas of law has revealed a winning specialization for protecting the rights of clients and securing fair and equitable settlements.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Jack took a brief detour to Washington, D.C. before law school to work as an aide to Arizona Senator John McCain. Following his time in Washington he was accepted to the California Western School of Law, where he graduated with a law degree.

A current member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice, Jack takes pride in being an advocate for clients in need. He approaches each case with a firm attention to detail and a commitment to compassion.

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Richard Gulbrandsen Jr Lawyer
Richard M. Gulbrandsen

Richard began his law career at Bryan Cave, LLP focusing on commercial litigation and class action lawsuits. Soon after he joined the team at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC, he began specializing in personal injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death claims and more.

Rich's educational background is equally impressive.

A summa cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University, he received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. While there he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review.

Rich has been admitted to the Arizona Bar and the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. In addition, he is a current member of the Arizona Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. His work on behalf of personal injury victims continues in the rich tradition that the law firm of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC continues to uphold.

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William Gulbrandsen Personal Injury
William 'Jess' Gulbrandsen

Jess Gulbrandsen has focused his law practice at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC on personal injury law and helping victims obtain fair and equitable settlements for their injuries.

Jess' focus on the personal injury side of law has led him to help claimants in cases involving vehicle accidents, dangerous products and medical malpractice litigation. His excellence in these areas has made him a valued member of the SGP team.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Jess received his law degree form Arizona State University and is a current member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. Jess' knowledge of Arizona law and how it applies to the individual nature of each claim empowers clients to make constructive decisions in their cases.

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Chris Patience Personal Injury
Chris Patience

Chris is a third generation attorney at the law firm of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience. His passion for helping clients obtain fair and equitable results has led him to focus on personal injury cases involving vehicle accidents, dog bites, dangerous products, medical malpractice and more. Chris also represents clients in DUI and criminal matters.

An elite swimmer in both high school and college, Chris was a two-time Arizona State Champion and a four-time All American in high school. In college he became a two-time All-American for Brigham Young University at the NCAA Division I National Championships and was awarded the Brigham Young University Scholar Athlete Award all four years. The commitment and drive Chris showed as an elite and scholarly athlete are evident in his passion and commitment to do right by his clients.

Chris received his Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from Arizona State University. Chris is a member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.

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