Kurt Andrew Schlichter
Loyola Law School
University of California, San Diego
State of California
District of Columbia
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Founding partner and principal trial counsel Kurt Schlichter's practice focuses on winning civil lawsuits for his clients.
Kurt represents Fortune 500 companies and insurers throughout California, as well as many mid-sized and small businesses and individuals. His practice areas includes cases involving contracts, warranties, business disputes, consumer law claims, personal injury, product liability, intentional torts, habitability/commercial landlord matters and real estate issues.
Kurt has a solid track record of courtroom success. Among his successes, he won a $3.05 million defamation judgment for a client, and successfully defended a nationally-known bank against a multi-million dollar lender liability claim, as well as an individual accused of misappropriating over $2 million. He has prevailed in trials and appeals involving personal injury, contract disputes and especially companies wrongly-sued under California's anti-business "consumer protection" laws.
Kurt is a 1994 graduate of Loyola Law School, where he was a law review note and comment editor. He majored in Communications and Political Science as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego. Kurt's written work has been published in nationally recognized publications like the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post. Kurt is a frequent media commentator, appearing on Fox News and as a guest on local and nationally syndicated radio programs like The Hugh Hewitt Show on legal, military, and political issues. He is also a public speaker who speaks to audiences around the country.
Kurt retired as an Army infantry colonel after serving over 27 years on active and reserve duty. A graduate of the elite Army Airborne School, he commanded 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry Regiment (Reconnaissance-Surveillance-Target Acquisition) in the California Army National Guard and is a veteran of both the Persian Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom (Kosovo). As the Cavalry commander, he led the majority of National Guard forces in Northern San Diego County during the October-November 2007 wildfire crisis. He received a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in July 2011.
That strategic background has served him well in his two decades of practice. Kurt and the other members of the Schlichter & Shonack team analyze each case at the initial stage, evaluating the weaknesses of their opponents' positions, and aggressively attacking those weak points in order to achieve a fast, decisive victory. His litigation strategy and analysis articles are regularly published in such legal publications as the Los Angeles Daily Journal and California Lawyer.
Kurt consults with non-litigation counsel regarding trial tactics and strategy and has taught continuing education courses on litigation techniques. He was selected by the University of Maryland's University College as an assistant adjunct professor, teaching courses in business law and litigation to American and foreign students. He has also given expert testimony on the issue of attorney fee awards.
Some of Kurt and his team's recent trial and other victories have included:
- A 12-0 jury verdict coming after a 35 minute deliberation that cleared a company and its employees of a false charge of the theft of jewelry
- A court trial and subsequent appellate victory that exonerated a Fortune 500 company in a title case
- Multiple judgments in both state and federal courts on a series of similar consumer law claims against a Fortune 500 client via motions to dismiss and summary judgment motions
- Obtaining, via a petition for a writ, judgment in a case where plaintiff had demanded a $1 million on a consumer claim
- Dismissal of a death claim for a $2,500 nuisance value settlement while a summary judgment motion was pending
- Dismissals of two significant consumer claims in exchange for waivers of costs while summary judgment motions were pending