Firm Profile

Schlichter & Shonack, LLP is a law firm dedicated to providing the highest caliber of legal representation at reasonable rates to its corporate, business and individual clients. We vigorously represent our clients in California's state and federal courts throughout all phases of litigation, including trial and appeal.

Strategy and Success
Businesses often need to be proactive to be effective in the legal arena, and they almost always need to be aggressive. Schlichter & Shonack takes pride in its ability to prosecute actions as well as it defends against lawsuits. While we most often are called on to defend liability or contract lawsuits, we frequently represent our business clients as plaintiffs for collections, breach of contract and malicious prosecution actions.

We obtained the largest individual defamation verdict of 1998 in California - a $3.05 million result for our client in Smith v. Orange Blossom Lines, Inc., which was the subject of a "Case in Focus" profile in the Daily Journal's Verdicts & Settlements (October 23, 1998), and we recently prevailed in a class action lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles.

Our undefeated appellate practice has expanded recently with several significant cases settling on appeal after the opposition received the firm's appellate briefs.

Clients
We represent a wide variety of business and corporate clients throughout California, and indeed from around the world, including companies in the fields of insurance, retail sales, manufacturing, Internet and new media, banking and finance, real estate development, entertainment, health care and professional and industrial services. Our clients include CarMax Auto Superstores; Healthcare Communications Group; Car Financial Services, Inc.; Circuit City Stores, Inc.; GLE Associates, Inc.; UBS; Tutima USA, Inc.; United Advantage, Inc.; BGO Inc.; and Travelers Property Casualty.

Fees and Billing
Schlichter & Shonack also works creatively with each client to provide a competitive, and when possible, predictable method of determining legal fees. Unlike many other law firms, we routinely waive costs and expenses that most business treat as "overhead" -- mileage, fax, telephone, and routine photocopy charges -- which many other law firms bill to their clients (at a profit). We believe that these costs are our overhead and our clients should not have to pay for them. Certain services are offered on a flat-fee basis, others on a cost-and-profit sharing basis, as appropriate to the circumstances and within the boundaries of legal ethics.

Location and Growth
Our location in Los Angeles' South Bay region is a reflection of the firm itself -- accessible yet economical, professional, and business-friendly. The firm doubled in size in its first two years of existence and remains committed to its strategy of growth through high quality legal work.