May 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Perfect Your EXPERT Witness Strategy

E - Effectiveness
X - eXaminations
P - Persuasiveness
E - Establishing Defensible Opinions
R - Reliability
T - Techniques

Michael Schonbuch, an extremely successful and experienced trial attorney, will provide his insight and advice on (1) increasing your effectiveness and credibility in front of the jury, (2) defending yourself against aggressive examinations in deposition and trial, (3) being persuasive while maintaining neutrality, (4) articulating defensible opinions and what attorneys are really looking for when retaining an expert, (5) demonstrating reliability through deposition testimony and consistency in testimony, and (6) direct examination techniques to making complex issues understandable. 


While in college, Michael Schonbuch 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.

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

Published Cases:

Lopez v. Baca 98 Cal. App. 4th 1008 (2002) Morris v. De La Torre 36 Cal. 4th 260 (2005)

In The Media:

Jury Trial Coverage: Channel 10 News San Diego
Verdicts 2004: Defending Southern California Nightlife
Verdicts 2002: The Gambler
L.A. Daily Journal: Trend Against Owner Liability for Attacks Continues Verdicts 2002: Kiss Off
Verdicts 2001: Ha!-The Viper Room
California Law Business: Hollywood
Consumer Attorneys: Letter of Appreciation 


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