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Alan Schonfeld

Managing Partner

Alan Schonfeld has been specializing in defending lawyers and other professionals for 30 years. He has tried over 20 jury trials, including 14 legal malpractice jury trials and several real estate licensee jury trials. He is among a very small handful of Southern California lawyers fortunate to have that breadth of experience. He has prevailed at trial against a who’s who of nationally recognized and formidable plaintiff’s legal malpractice lawyers and law firms. He also represents businesses in commercial disputes, personal injury and product liability cases. He also represents professional soccer players, coaches, and organizations in a variety of matters.

Mr. Schonfeld also 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 and Professional Malpractice Insurance Risk Management.

Mr. Schonfeld is an Associate of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  In May 2011 he was voted a Top Ten Finalist by San Diego Lawyers in The San Diego Daily Transcript in the Insurance category.  In 2013, 2014 and 2015 he was selected by San Diego Magazine as one of the “Top Lawyers in San Diego,” earning the rating of “Highest in Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence.”   Mr. Schonfeld has also been selected by his peers as a San Diego “Super Lawyer” from 2009 through 2016.  He has achieved the highest peer reviewed rating obtainable (AV Preeminent) with LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

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

Mr. Schonfeld was admitted to the California Bar, the U.S. District Court, Southern and Central Districts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in 1985. He earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1982 and his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1985. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Journal where he published five volumes and produced a National Symposium on International Trade and Human Rights. He was the Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate-Judge Ralph Geffen, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, from 1985-1986. He was a partner at Ault, Deuprey, Jones & Gorman, and a founding partner of Ault, Davis & Schonfeld. He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association.