Brian Schnarr

Brian M. Schnarr

Counsel

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San Francisco

Brian is a trial attorney with experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes litigation. He has helped achieved positive results in a variety of settings, including construction, commercial real estate, product defect, environmental torts, business-to-business disputes, fraud, trade secret misappropriation, employment and personal injury. His hands-on experience includes pre-litigation consulting and negotiation, litigation, mediation, trial, arbitration, and appeal.

In 2014, Brian was selected as Trial Lawyer of the Year by both the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and by Public Justice for his role in securing a $1.15 billion dollar judgment against manufacturers of lead-based paint. The lead paint case remains the largest representative public nuisance case ever tried in California history.

Brian has been selected as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine from 2013 through 2017. He is an active member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and is a former member of the Leadership Development Committee. Brian is a member of the San Francisco and San Mateo County Bar Association. Brian is also a supporter (and promoter) of the Tipping Point Community, a non-profit organization that fights poverty throughout the Bay Area.

Representative Work

  • In 2017, helped secure a significant settlement following a 5 week jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court. The dispute involved defective gray sealant (PIB) installed in over 6,400 insulating glass units that made up the entire exterior of a new luxury hotel.

  • In 2016, obtained a half-million dollar arbitration award for a large commercial real estate company in a dispute against a corporate tenant over deferred repair and maintenance obligations.

  • In 2014, selected as Trial Lawyer of the Year by both the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and by Public Justice for my role in securing a $1.15 billion dollar judgment against manufacturers of lead-based paint. The lead paint case remains the largest representative public nuisance case ever tried in California history, and serves as the benchmark for nuisance law in California.

  • In 2012, represented an 86 year old resident of San Mateo County in an elder abuse action against a skilled nursing facility. After a two week trial the jury returned a verdict for $1,844,400.

  • In 2012, defended a residential design professional in a construction defect case where the plaintiffs alleged negligence and fraud arising out of a home remodel. The case was resolved on the first day of trial resulting in a monetary payment to my client.

Presentations

"The Economics of Access to Civil Justice," (March 2014)

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Honors

Rising Star, SuperLawyers Magazine (2013-2017)

Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers (2014)

Trial Lawyer of the Year, Public Justice (2014)

Academic Distinction

Articles Editor, University of San Francisco Law Review

University of San Francisco School of Law, Advanced Moot Court Advocacy Program

Education

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law (2010)

B.A., California Polytechnic State University (2006)

Admissions And Courts

California

San Francisco

415-995-5169 Direct Phone
415-995-3419 Fax

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