michael schonbuch

Position: Partner
Telephone: (310) 556-7900
Email: Michael Schonbuch
Born: October 30, 1965

Practice Areas:
Litigation, Jury Trials and Consultation in Operation and Management of Commercial Properties

J.D., Boston University, 1990
Phi Alpha Delta
B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1987 Magna Cum Laude
New York State Four Year Full Regents Scholarship

United States Senate:
Senatorial Intern for United States Senator Alphonse D’Amato R-NY 1986-1987

United States Presidential Primary:
Campaign Assistant for United States Senator Bob Dole R-KS 1987

California, 1990
United States District Court Central District of California, 1991
United States District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1992
United States District Court Southern District of California, 1996
United States District Court Northern District of California, 1996
Supreme Court of the United States, 2009

Memberships and Honors:
State Bar of California
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel: Los Angeles County Board of Directors 2000-2012
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel: Secretary-Treasurer 2012
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel: Vice President 2013
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel: President Elect 2014
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel: President 2015
Los Angeles Superior Court Advisory Committee
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada: Annual Seminar Presenter & Speaker
ABOTA Masters in Trial: Sacramento Valley Chapter
ABOTA Masters in Trial: Los Angeles Chapter
ABOTA: Los Angeles Chapter Executive Committee
Loyola Law School: Trial Advocacy Guest Lecturer
Loyola Law School: ABOTA Civility Lecturer
UCLA Mentor: The LEAP Foundation-Leadership Excellence Accelerating Potential
Million Dollar Advocates Forum-Obtaining Recoveries for Clients Exceeding One Million Dollars
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum-Obtaining Recoveries for Clients Exceeding Two Million Dollars, Three Million Dollars and Four Million Dollars
CAALA Las Vegas Convention Presenter-Jury Trials From The Defense Perspective
Los Angeles County Bar Association - Judicial Appointments Committee
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
California Super Lawyers
Italian American Lawyers Association
ABOTA American Board of Trial Advocates-Admitted October 2001

While in college, Michael was president of Kappa Sigma fraternity and was appointed as a senatorial intern for United States Senator Alfonse D'Amato from 1986-1987. Michael joined Daniels, Fine, Israel, Schonbuch & Lebovits, LLP as a law clerk in 1989 and became a partner in the firm. Michael's practice focuses upon resolution of cases via jury trial. He specializes in civil litigation. Twenty percent of his practice stems from substituting into actions previously handled by other counsel for purposes of seeing a matter through jury trial. The majority of his currently pending matters involve Premises Liability including but not limited to claims of inadequate security and lighting, unsafe premises, dangerous premises conditions, third party criminal conduct, assault and battery and intentional torts all resulting in a wide range of alleged catastrophic injuries. Michael also handles matters involving Wrongful Termination, Products Liability, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, Libel, Slander and Defamation, Real Estate and Property Litigation, Business Litigation and Music Litigation. Michael represents individuals, local shopping centers, strip malls, educational institutions, bars, music venues, clubs, taverns, commercial and residential apartment complexes, municipalities, trucking companies, public entities, parking facilities, musicians, rock bands, promoters and security guards as well as many businesses throughout Southern California.

Michael lectures and teaches continuing education courses for young lawyers and paralegals with an emphasis upon the rules of evidence and trial advocacy. Michael is also a faculty member of the ABOTA Trial School teaching young lawyers how to present cases before a jury. Michael has presented voir dire techniques to the joint memberships of CAALA and ASCDC as well as ABOTA and he is a faculty participant at the Loyola Law School Champions of Justice Program. Michael is also a presenter at the California State Bar Litigation Section - Best of the Best Trial Practices - Program.

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Weightlifting at Gold's Gym Venice, Playing Drums, Listening to 1980's Metal, Attending Rock Concerts and Supporting The Raider Nation.