Mr. Wallis received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1975. After graduation he became a litigation associate, and later a partner, of Oakland-based Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May. Mr. Wallis became a partner of Pittsburgh-headquartered Reed Smith LLP when it merged with Crosby Heafey in 2003, and remained a Reed Smith partner through the end of 2011. In early 2012, he became of counsel at Commins & Knudsen, joining former Crosby Heafy lawyers Kit Knudsen and David Commins.
Mr. Wallis is licensed to practice in California, and is admitted to practice in all federal district courts in California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has tried jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts, and argued matters before both the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit. A number of his cases resulted in published opinions at both the trial and appellate court levels. Mr. Wallis has tried to an award over forty arbitration matters before the American Arbitration Association and other arbitral forums, primarily in representation of securities broker-dealers.
Mr. Wallis’ practice has included personal injury and products liability cases as well as business litigation matters involving trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, employment, and securities.