Alan H. Schonfeld

Partner

  • location icon San Diego, CA
    701 B Street
    San Diego, CA 92101

Alan Schonfeld is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Professional Liability Practice. He has been defending lawyers, real estate agents and brokers, insurance agents, accountants, appraisers, and other professionals for over 30 years, and is certified by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law. He has tried to verdict over 20 jury trials, including 14 legal malpractice  and several real estate licensee jury trials. He has been an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 2010. Mr. Schonfeld also practices in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability, and risk management.

Mr. Schonfeld acts as an expert witness and speaker on lawyer standard of care and ethical issues. He has lectured for the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, the University of San Diego Law School, Lawyers' Mutual Insurance Company and Professional Malpractice Insurance Risk Management. 

Mr. Schonfeld is also a certified mediator and was named in 2011 to the San Diego Superior Court Mediation Panel. 

Legal Experience

  • Editor-in-Chief - California Western International Law Journal. 
  • Law Clerk to U.S. MagistrateJudge Ralph Geffen, U.S. District Court, Central District of California  
  • Ault, Midlam & Deuprey - Associate
  • Ault, Deuprey, Jones & Gorman – Partner
  • Ault, Davis & Schonfeld, LLP – Founding Partner
  • Schonfeld & Bertsche, LLP – Founding Partner

Published Opinions

  • Gordon v. Aguirre & Meyer (1999) 70 Cal.App.4th 972
  • Wiley v. County of San Diego (1998) 19 Cal.4th 532

Certifications

  • San Diego Superior Court Certified Mediator
  • State Bar of California Legal Specialization - Legal Malpractice Law

Community Activities

San Diego County Bar Association Volunteer Fee Arbitrator

Admissions

California

U.S. District Court - Southern District and Central District

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • San Diego County Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Top Lawyers in San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2013-2017
  • Top Ten Finalist, San Diego Top Attorneys, Insurance, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2011
  • Peer Reviewed AV Preeminent, Lexis Nexus Martindale Hubble, 1997
  • San Diego SuperLawyer, 2009-2017

Education

California Western School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1985

University of Maryland

Bachelor of Arts, English, 1982

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