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When your company or your family's savings are at stake, you need a tough, aggressive and proven attorney who will fight for your rights and defend your interests. As a trial lawyer for 14 years and as an Army officer for over 20, it's been my job to protect those who need help and to make sure their rights are secure. Call me to talk about your problem without obligation. If I can't help you, I will help you find someone who can.


Founding partner and principal trial counsel Kurt Andrew Schlichter is a graduate of Loyola Law School, where he was a Senior Note and Comment Editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. He majored in Communications and Political Science as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego.

Mr. Schlichter is also an infantry lieutenant colonel in the California Army National Guard, a graduate of the elite Army Airborne School, and a veteran of both the Persian Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom. He recently completed a tour as the commander of the of the over 800 Soldiers of the elite 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry Regiment (Reconnaissance-Surveillance-Target Acquisition) and the Rear Element, 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry.

Mr. Schlichter's legal career began with the firm now known as Grace, Genson, Cosgrove & Schirm, where his practice focused on insurance defense, representing both insurer and insured in civil litigation, including products liability, bad faith and personal injury claims. His clients there included major automobile manufacturers, retailers, and insurers.

Mr. Schlichter's practice focuses on the defense and prosecution of civil lawsuits. Mr. Schlichter represents several Fortune 500 companies in California, as well as many mid-sized and small businesses, as well as individuals. These include all types of cases, including disputes involving contractors and builders, real estate, contracts and torts. Of particular interest are cases involving intentional torts such as defamation and malicious prosecution.

Mr. Schlichter has a solid track record of success. He won an individual a $3.05 million defamation judgment, successfully defended a nationally known bank against a multi-million dollar lender liability claim, and successfully defended an individual accused of misappropriating over $2 million. He has prevailed in trials and arbitrations involving “lemon law” lawsuits, personal injury defense and contract disputes.

Recently, he has achieved solid results for his clients such as:

  • Prevailed on a summary judgment motion to require specific performance of a real estate sale contract allowing the purchase of a property allegedly worth approximately $1 million for just $250,000 – and further obtained an award of over $80,000 in attorney’s fees and costs for the clients.

  • Forced the dismissal without condition of a serious “lemon law” lawsuit against a major automobile retailer by aggressively seeking summary judgment – and then sought approximately $25,000 in attorney’s fees afterwards.

  • Defeated a serious legal malpractice claim against a client on demurrer – then moved for an award of approximately $24,000 in attorney’s fees.

Mr. Schlichter has published articles on how to win at trial, and consults with non-litigation counsel regarding trial tactics and strategy. Mr. Schlichter 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.

As a Soldier, Lieutenant Colonel Schlichter has served on active duty and continues to serve as a California Army National Guard officer. In December 1990, then-First Lieutenant Schlichter volunteered for and served in a platoon leader position during Operation Desert Storm. In 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Schlichter was activated for service in Kosovo as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He served in the Balkans in the civil affairs arena until early 2006, later writing about his experiences negotiating with various groups and organizations in California Lawyer magazine (August 2006). Before assuming command of California’s elite 1-18th Cavalry Squadron, he twice commanded infantry companies and served in a variety of key staff assignments at the battalion, brigade and division levels. He currently serves as the Public Affairs Officer for the 40th Infantry Division.

Lieutenant Colonel Schlichter's federal decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” and hourglass devices), the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three service stars, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral “2”. Mr. Schlichter is also a graduate of the Army's Combined Arms Staff Service School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Defense Strategy Course. He is currently seeking acceptance in the Army War College.

Mr. Schlichter's written works have been published in nationally recognized publications like The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The San Francisco Examiner. His litigation strategy and legal analysis articles are regularly published in legal publications such as the Los Angeles Daily Journal and California Lawyer. The military journal Infantry recently published his articles on the use of military lawyers by tactical commanders and on how to command and control military units in support of civilian authorities during disasters (Lieutenant Colonel Schlichter commanded the majority of National Guard forces in Northern San Diego County during the October-November 2007 wildfire crisis).

Mr. Schlichter has also served as a news source, an on-screen commentator and as a guest on nationally syndicated radio programs on both military and legal issues. In 1993, he published the first major law review article on the legal issues regarding military participation in civilian law enforcement operations. Following September 11, 2001, Mr. Schlichter published a detailed discussion of the various laws protecting mobilized servicemembers for use by employers and other attorneys.

However, Kurt’s professional accomplishments also include several years of work as a stand-up comic. He believes that the organizational and strategy skills gained from his military experience, combined with his ability to connect with and win over audiences he learned as a performer, have contributed greatly to his successful representation of his clients.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases



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  • Jeffrey Michael Schreiber

    Attorney Schlichter could argue any side of any given issue against an impenetrable brick wall and not only prevail, but inevitably cause the brick wall to subsequently reconsider its otherwise successful career in law. All kidding aside, while education and experience cannot be discounted, values, principles and consistency thereof and adherence thereto make an already good litigator exceptional. Mr. Schlichter has these qualities in spades. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Schlichter & Shonack LLP

3601 Aviation Boulevard
Suite 2700
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266-3764


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Meritorious Service Medal (Three Awards)United States Army2005
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial Lawyer/PartnerSchlichter & Shonack LLP1998 - Present
Lieutenant ColonelUnited States Army/California Army National Guard1987 - Present
Trial Lawyer/AssociateGrace, Genson Cosgrove & Schirm1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
ConfidentialJury verdict - $3,049,912
ConfidentialForced sale of real estate and $80,000+
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily Journal"Leadership for Lawyers" series2009
Business Insider7 Steps to Surviving a Lawsuit2009
InfantryThe Combat JAG2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
United States Army Command and General Staff CollegeSenior-Level LeadershipCertificate2002
Loyola Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor1994
University of California San DiegoCommunications/Political ScienceBachelor of Arts1987
United States Army War CollegeStrategic Studies (Enrolled)N/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Top 6 Trial Skills You Need to KnowTrial Skills2009