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About Our Firm

Alan Schonfeld was the Editor-in-Chief of his law school's International law Journal. After law school he clerked for a Federal Magistrate-Judge. He then practiced law at Ault, Deuprey, Jones & Gorman, one of San Diego's most respected firms, from 1978 to 1997. The Ault firm was well known for its outstanding professional and ethical reputation, and several of its partners went on to become Superior Court Judges.  Ault, Davis & Schonfeld was formed in 1997 and consisted primarily of the professional liability and commercial litigation group of Ault, Deuprey.

In 2008 Mr. Schonfeld formed Schonfeld, Bertsche, Preciado & Mahady, LLP, which consisted of the  professional liabilty and commercial litigation group of Ault, Davis & Schonfeld. In 2017 Mr. Schonfeld was recruited to head the Professional Liability Department of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP's San Diego office, which he did until forming Schonfeld Law, APC in 2018. Mr. Schonfeld continues to represent clients in commercial and professional liability litigation, with particular expertise and experience in attorney and real estate broker malpractice.

Alan Schonfeld has extensive trial and appellate experience. He has tried over 20 jury trials, including 14 legal malpractice jury trials and several real estate licensee jury trials. He has also represented individuals in major catastrophic personal injury/products liability jury trials against international motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors. In addition to his trial and litigation experience, Mr. Schonfeld also has extensive appellate experience. Among his published appellate decisions are two important cases in the legal malpractice area:

  • Wiley v. County of San Diego (1998) 19 Cal.4th 532 (plaintiff in legal malpractice action arising out of underlying criminal matter must prove actual innocence to satisfy causation element)
  • Gordon v. Law Offices of Aguirre & Meyer (1999) 70 Cal.App.4th 972 (equitable tolling doctrine does not apply to legal malpractice statute of limitations).

Schonfeld Law represents businesses, families and individuals. The firm handles matters throughout California, with an emphasis on San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.