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When your company's future 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 21 years and as a retired Army officer for over 28, 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 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. He holds a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Kurt is admitted to practice in California and Washington, D.C. His 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 fraud, defamation and malicious prosecution.

Kurt 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.

In the last two years, Kurt has achieved solid results for his clients such as:

  • Winning a defense trial verdict in a multi-million dollar inventory damage case.

  • Winning defenses victories in three consumer fraud cases, one of which led to a published appellate decision upholding the verdict.

  • Winning summary judgment on a multi-death claim against a landlord.

  • Winning a unanimous defense verdict in a property loss claim involving a valuable diamond ring.

  • Winning a net recovery for his contractor client in a binding arbitration.

  • Winning an appellate decision and over $30,000 in fees and costs in a consumer fraud case.

Kurt frequently serves as a news source, an on-screen commentator, and an analyst on Fox News, Fox Business News and HLN, as well as many national and local radio shows. He is a senior columnist at Kurt also spent several years as a stand-up comic. He speaks often to groups around the country.

Kurt is also a retired Army infantry colonel (Active and National Guard), a graduate of the elite Army Airborne School, and a veteran of both the Persian Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom in Kosovo. He commanded the of the over 1200 Soldiers of the elite 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry Regiment (Reconnaissance-Surveillance-Target Acquisition) and the Rear Element, 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry. Much of his work focused on disaster relief operations.


Kurt 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%
    22 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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  • Christopher Deguzman Bernabe

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    Christopher Bernabe Landlord-tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Schlichter & Shonack LLP

2381 Rosecrans Avenue
El Segundo, CA, 90245


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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 University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of California - San DiegoCommunications/Political ScienceBA - Bachelor 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