With an understanding of the practical needs of his clients, Carl J. Skaja's extensive litigation and transactional experience have earned him a reputation of excellence throughout Southern California. Carl has earned the respect of both his clients and opposing counsel by skillfully managing his clients’ matters with a results-oriented approach.


His case management, mediation, arbitration, trial and transactional skills provide his clients with valuable insight geared toward the most efficient and cost-effective resolution of both litigation and transactional matters. Carl represents a wide variety of clients including, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, landlords, retail business owners, realtors, brokers and many other small to medium sized businesses with all of their legal needs.


Carl believes in being active in his community by volunteering and giving back whenever possible.  He is both a past president of the Escondido Rotary Club and Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5340. He is a past chairman of the Board of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.  Carl served as chairman of Palomar Family YMCA Board of Directors for three years.  His civic activities include serving as Campaign Chairman of the Public Safety Improvement Facilities Bond, passed by voters in 2004, to construct  a new Escondido police and fire headquarters and three new fire stations in Escondido.  Carl then served as chairman of the Oversight committee to make sure the facilities were built on-time and on-budget.


Carl has been honored as the Business Leader of the Year by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and is the recipient of the Public Safety Award by the City of Escondido.


Born and raised in Escondido, CA. Carl attended California Western School of Law after graduating magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University. He has been a named partner of his own law firms since 1998.

Carl J. Skaja, Esq.

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Curt Permito served over twenty-two years on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  During his active duty career Curt served as an Artillery Officer and then as a uniformed attorney. Upon retirement Curt entered private practice as a partner at Skaja, Daniels, Lister & Permito.


Curt has called San Diego home since 1991 and is actively involved in local community activities.

Curtis M. Permito, Esq.

Robert Daniels practices litigation in business, real estate and family law. Over the past 14 years, Robert’s trial experience includes claims involving international trade secret misappropriation, real estate fraud, bankruptcy fraud, construction disputes, shareholder disputes. inter-family embezzlement, and professional negligence.  This breadth of experience allows him to achieve lasting, long-term solutions in a wide variety of legal matters.


Robert is a past president of the North County Bar Association and has served on the board of directors for numerous organizations, including the San Diego Autism Society, Rotary Club of Escondido, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. He served as a member of the downtown San Diego Centre City Advisory Committee and the Escondido Public Art Commission.


After graduating with distinction from San Diego State University, Robert earned a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, during which time he studied in Spain, Italy and England. He completed a clerkship at the Paris, France office of Ernst & Young. He has been a founding member of this law firm since 2007. 


Robert lives in San Elijo Hills with his wife, son and daughter. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and camping.

Robert M. Daniels, Esq.

Neil joined Skaja, Daniels, Lister & Permito as an associate attorney in 2015.  His practice includes a wide range of transactional and litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on business transactions related to real estate, corporations and the hospitality industry. 


Neil brings diverse experiences to his practice at SDLP.  He has assisted with the formation of multiple companies and has worked on a variety of business litigation cases including copyright infringement, partnership disputes and breach of contract.  He has extensive experience with music recording agreements and also served as an in-house legal consultant for an art licensing company where he had the opportunity to work on both trademark and copyright litigation and transactional issues related to visual art.


After graduating cum laude from Washington and Lee University, where he earned his BA in Russian Area Studies and European History, Neil worked in the media and higher education industries.  Neil earned his Juris Doctor from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2013.


Neil is co-president of the San Diego chapter of the Washington and Lee University Alumni Association.  He grew up, and currently lives, in Carlsbad.



 Neil R. Sheaffer, Esq. 
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