Laurence H. Schnabel

Of Counsel

  • location icon Los Angeles, CA
    633 West 5th Street
    Suite 4000
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Laurence Schnabel is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. His fields of specialization include: Lawyers E&O, Employment Termination/Discrimination, Products Liability, Insurer Bad Faith and Coverage; Commercial/Business Litigation, and Maritime matters.

Before joining Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Mr. Schnabel was a partner with Lindahl, Schnabel, Kardassakis & Beck, 1986-2006. He has tried over 60 court and jury trials to verdict since 1968 including in recent years trials in defense of products liability (Los Angeles Superior Court 1985, 1993, 1994), professional liability (Los Angeles Superior Court 1993), wrongful termination/employment discrimination (1986 Federal Court, Central District of California; San Diego Superior Court 1992, Orange County Superior Court 1988, 1995) business interference claims (Los Angeles Superior Court 2002), premises property damage (Orange County Court 2004). Mr. Schnabel has been a Los Angeles Superior Court Arbitrator; a Los Angeles Superior Court Settlement Program Officer; a Practicing Law Institute lecturer "Defending the Professional" program March, 1982 and author of program text for this lecture; Faculty member with the National Institute of Advocacy; and an Instructor for the American Board of Trial Advocates trial school.

Publications

  • "Defending the Professional," Practicing Law Institute, 1982
  • "The Generalist Expert in Insurance Litigation" (primary author: J.T. Terry), For The Defense (DRI), November, 1996
  • "Demanding Exchange," Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 1, 1999
  • "Evaluating Scuba Warranties," Scuba Diving, Jan.-Feb., 2001 (Part 1)
  • "Teaching the Takers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 11, 2001 (Part 1)
  • "Flight Plan," Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 18, 2001 (Part 2)
  • "Dive Releases: Are They Binding?", Scuba Diving, Jan.-Feb. 2003
  • "Suing a Good Samaritan," Scuba Diving, June, 2003
  • "The Dirt On Unclean Hands," California Lawyer, August 2005
  • "Divers, Sign your Life Away", Parts I and II , Undercurrent , Vol. 23 #8, August , 2008
  • "The 600 Pound Gorilla Between you and the Jury", San Luis Obispo County Bar Association Bar Journal, September-October, 2010
  • "Your Client is Worse than my Client - the Unclean Hands Defense puts the Plaintiff on Trial", San Luis Obispo County Bar Association Bar Journal, January-February 2011

Military Service

Commander, U.S. Navy Reserve (ret.)

Community Service

Eagle Scout Board of Review and Boy Scout merit badge counselor (Del Norte District)

Other Informatoin

  • Owner, Krisyn Vineyards (Templeton, CA.)
  • NAUI certified Divemaster

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Admissions

California

United States District Court for the Central District of California

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel, until 2007
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), no longer active
  • Defense Research Institute, until 2000
  • American Bar Association, Vice Chairman, Professionals' Officers' and Directors' Liability Law Committee, 1982

Awards & Honors

Southern California's "Super Lawyers" by Los Angeles Magazine

Education

University of California Los Angeles School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1967

Stanford University

Bachelor of Arts, 1963

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