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Peter Marc Schaeffer

Workers compensation Attorney at Riverside, CA

4.9   95 reviews
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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
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About Peter

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Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    I represent seriously injured workers with substantial injuries which occurred on the job or arising from the job and are anticipated to lead to permanent ratable disability for the injured worker. I will make arrangements for high quality medical treatment at no cost whatsoever to the injured worker and when they are at Maximum Medical Improvement negotiate the highest possible settlement for their injuries.

    27 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Sexual harassment
    I represent victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. both hostile work environment or the more blatant form, Quid Pro Quo...( this for that )

    24 years, 50 cases


I was born in Brooklyn New York but moved to a small town on Long Island about 30 minutes from Manhattan, called Rockville Centre. I began my college career at New York Institute of Technology majoring in Banking and Finance. I transfered to Columbia University and majored in Pharmacy Science and later moved to California and obtained my Doctorate at USC School of Pharmacy.


After graduation from USC I obtained a real estate salesman license and eventually my broker's license which I used to open a real estate office and joint ventured with builders and became a small developer.


I took classes at the Gemological Institute of America and became proficent in determining the value of diamonds and other precious stones. There was a period of time in the early 80's when interest rates went through the roof and buyers could not qualify for mortgages due to the high interest rates, therefore bartering and negotiating skills became essential and many people wanted to use precious gems in lieu of cash or other equity to make tax free exchanges and other real estate deals.


I graduated from law school with a BS in Law in 1983, and a Juris Doctorate (JD) in 1985.  At that time I was heavily involved in the Automobilie Sales industry and owned 2 dealerships.  My legal skills were honed in the business and employment law areas of practice due to the nature of the businesses I was operating.


After becoming a member of the Bar I started my own practice as a Solo and focused mainly on Employment Law and Personal Injury representing plaintiffs and Injured workers ONLY.


As the years went by Workers Compensation law became my passion as it nearly consumed my entire practice and compelled me to become very knowledgeable in this area.


I have 2 wonderful children whom I am extremely proud of.  My Daughter Stefani Lynn Schaeffer graduated from Southwestern Law School and appeared  on the famous T.V. reality show the Apprentice hosted by Donald Trump, which she won and became Mr. Trump's Apprentice.  


My son Michael has a passion for the Music and entertainment industry and became a sound engineer working for the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.  He on the road now constantly as tour manager for a famous recording artist.


My leisure time activites include Snow Skiing, Golf, Tennis, and Bicycle riding.  Living in Southern California is the greatest place on earth for the great weather and diversity of opportunity to enjoy all the sports you want ...all year long.


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Top Contributor 2012
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The Law Offices Of Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer
6820 Indiana Ave.
Suite 275
Riverside, CA, 92506
Law Offices of Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer
43537 Ridgepark Drive
Suite 100
Temecula, CA, 92590
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4.9 / 5.0
  95 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Diana | November 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Dr. Peter Schaeffer is the Very Best
Dr. Peter Schaeffer has proven to be my best choice as a workers’ compensation attorney. I searched around, and I kept coming back to him, and as a result, he has proven his excellence in many important ways. I chose him because I could tell from the very first consultation visit that he is well-spoken, well-informed about California’s Workers Compensation Laws and because of his apparent passion for his clientele’s best interests. My case was finished in only one year and nine months. Within that time, because of Dr. Schaeffer, I received disability benefits and the best medical services that are available in the Coachella Valley for my types of injuries to the spine and shoulders. My case was a particularly difficult one because of my status as an adjunct professor. Dr. Schaeffer didn’t let that get in his way because he knew that California Workers Comp laws apply to everyone who is legally employed by a business or organization. One thing that I truly appreciated about him is that he kept me informed throughout the entire process. If I had questions, all I had to do is email him, and he would answer my questions in a timely fashion. He’s honest, and he follows the law to the dime. I was particularly impressed by his oratory skills in front of the judge during our expedited trials. He was polite, ethical, well-spoken, honest, and yet, he was assertive. His team is equally as impressive as Dr. Schaeffer; they truly represent his compassion and professionalism. Furthermore, underneath all of that professionalism, he’s exceptionally kind and thoughtful of others. If you want a workers’ comp attorney that truly fights for your rights, I highly recommend Dr. Schaeffer; he is without a doubt, the attorney for you. He cares, and he will get you what you are entitled to in a timely fashion.
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Posted by Debora | November 16, 2015
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My work injury
Dr. Schaeffer won an outstanding and beyond my expectations settlement for me. He provided professional, friendly, and approachable service throughout the years. He went out of his way to meet with me on several occasions. His staff is knowledgeable and professional. He has a very sharp wit and knows his insurance foes. Without hesitation, I highly recommend this lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2020
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Great service. Process could be difficult but everything was explained and clarified. There are many people to reach out to. They responded promptly. Definitely recommend.
Posted by Rock | March 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Straight talk
Peter is to the point, I like staight talk. Peter and his wonderful staff have a vast knowledge of my case and were always willing to take time to answer all my questions.
Posted by Betty | March 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best service ever
All girls and Peter are super nice they always answer all my question and they close my case in 7 to 8 konths ....
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Dr Schaeffer did a fantastic job representing me on my case. He was very professional, and he’s staff was very friendly. I’m pleased with the out come. He knew exactly what needed to be done and took care of it. Thank you Dr Schaeffer.
Posted by John | December 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best workman's comp lawyer in California
I moved to Florida after my accident I hired dr. Shaffer to represent me for a workman's comp case and he got me just shy of $1000000 excellent lawyer and staff help me all the way even though I was across the country.
Posted by Olga | December 5, 2019
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Worker Comp Injury
Hi, when I went into the office I was met with a smiling face. Peter had no problem answering any question that I had. I would recommend Peter Schaeffer to my family and friends
Posted by kenneth | December 2, 2019
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Dr. Schaeffer gets real result
Dr. Schaeffer and staff are beyond our expectation, because he and his staff treated us with the upmost respect at all times. He understood my problems, and promptly took care of the entire process. He didn't give up, and he didn't let me give up. Whenever we email or call him or his staff about any questions we got an instant comprehensive response. Dr. Schaeffer is highly recommended. I have No regrets my wife search and found me Dr. Schaeffer, he and his staff made it so much easier for us.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2019
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Peter Marc Schaeffer
I had a wonderful experience. The staff were friendly, very comforting and knowledgeable. They doubled my initial offer!
Posted by Joseph A. Rodriguez | September 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend this particular Law office of DR. Peter M. Schaffer because this Law office has excellent customer service and satisfaction, puts your particular case above anything else, also make you feel very comfortable like your part of their family while also doing what needs to be done to WIN your case with 100% focus and determination
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2019
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The best
great service, pushed insurance to provide the medical care needed and disability during the time I couldn’t work. always stayed in contact, surpassed my expectations.
Posted by Penny | September 16, 2019
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My worker comp.
My lawyer didn't fail at anything . He was great. Working with him and his associates was so easy. Everyone was friendly and understanding. I would highly recommend him to any body.
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2019
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Strong lawyer
My experience was difficult with the insurance company but Peter Schafer’s team are great to have in your corner. I recommend them for anyone dealing with a work comp. injury.
Posted by Jose Lopez | June 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I am very happy with what they did for me. Very helpful took very good care of me.
Posted by Mark | May 13, 2019
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Excellent Workers Comp Attorney
Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer is an excellent Workers Compensation Attorney. The Workers Compensation System is a difficult thing to manuver through. Anytime you are required to go through a system that you are not familiar with, it is wise to have someone with experience and confidence to get you through it. Dr. Schaeffer and his staff are very knowledgeable. But it is their confidence in what they are doing that, I believe, make them a winning team. The WC system is slow and confusing. I thank Dr. Schaeffer and his staff for answering emails right away. It was a comfort to rely on their expertise during this difficult journey.
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Posted by Barry | April 5, 2019
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Excellent, The #1 Attorney For Workers’ Comp
The office Staff is professional with personal attention to the client Pete is the most knowledgeable and trustworthy Workers’ Comp Attorney in California. Dr. Pete Schaeffer will make sure that his client receives the best and finest representation. Pete handled my case expertly and made sure that all my medical and personal needs were met to my satisfaction. Follow Pete’s expert advice throughout the process and you will be rewarded for your patience and trust in the best attorney. Mary will be there for you to provide all the help and assistance that you will need when Pete is with clients or in court. You are treated personally and professionally with respect and honesty. Trust in Pete!!!
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Posted by Ligia | March 30, 2019
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He and his team helped me out with my work injury and I’m glad everything is over and case solved. Thanks again.
Posted by Teresa | March 22, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Professionally epic loving
So I was scared to do this but realized I was doing the right thing and Dr Schaffer helped me get over being a pansy, I’m so used to just letting things happen and he showed me I deserved better, he’s kind and loving, he values his clients and understand them on not only a personal level but a professional one, he helped me realize that I did nothing wrong and they make you feel like you’re wrong! Trust him! He literally saved my life and I am so grateful for his help! He is an angel in disguise but a badass angel that will hunt down and mess the bad guys up!!! Much much love for this man!
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Posted by Pearlette | January 25, 2019
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Simply the Best!
I previously hired an attorney I thought was pretty good. After a couple of non-answered calls and his secretary giving me terrible advice, I knew I had better start looking or I was going down the tubes and my case with me. Be extremely careful in picking attorney's not all Workman's Comp Attorney's have your best interest. I previously had one always out of the office. This is why I am referring Peter Schaeffer to you. I called Mr. Schaeffer and partially described my case to him. He set up an appointment with me the following day I felt completely confident after our consultation. I traded in the( -5) star lack luster attorney for a off the chart (10) attorney. I haven't lost a day of sleep or worried one moment after my decision in choosing Attorney Schaffer. He will fight for you and send you to Dr.'s that care. Yes there are people out there that still care about your well being. ... The Ladies in the office are the best. Trust me you won't be treated like a twenty dollar bill on the sidewalk. I love Attorney Schaeffer for his honesty. He's straight forward and truthful of your case. His ethics show his integrity, and passion for his clients best interest. So if you're trying to find an attorney look no further, there may be a few but , I believe he's simply better than all the rest...
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Law Offices of Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer
  • 1996 - Present
  • Owner
  • Schaeffer Motors
  • 1982 - 1995
  • Broker - Owner
  • ERA- The Schaeffer Company
  • 1980 - 1983
  • Pharmacist Owner
  • The Towne Pharmacy
  • 1975 - 1982
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  • Citrus Belt Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • University of Southern California
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 1970
  • Columbia University
  • 1968
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Legal Cases

  • Sethi v. Singh Chevrolet
  • Plaintiff award for injured worker 1/2 million
  • Chavez v. Interstate Brands
  • Nearly $1,000,000 settlement


  • State Bar of California
  • Officer
  • 1996 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Officer
  • 1996 - Present
  • California Pharmacy Association
  • Member
  • 1970 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Federal Bar Association (California chapter)
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Riverside Board of Realtors
  • Officer
  • 1978 - 1983
  • Burbank Board of Realtors
  • Member
  • 1971 - 1975
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer 2013
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2013
  • Workers Compensation Specialist
  • University of California Riverside
  • 2007
  • Certificate
  • Trial Lawers College - Gerry Spence
  • 2005
  • Specialization in Workers Compensation
  • University of California Riverside
  • 2003
  • Training for Temporary Judges
  • Palm Springs Superior Court
  • 2001
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Hastings College of Law
  • 1999
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  • Your Workers Comp Claim
  • Three Ways to Settle Your Workers Compensation Claim
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Riverside Board of Realtors
  • 1031 Tax Free Exchanges in a Recession
  • 1983

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (5)
Endorse Peter
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, very well respected by his peers and clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am doing something in writing this that is probably uncommon: I am fully endorsing my direct competitor. Dr. Schaeffer and I practice in the same area of law, and in the same geographic territory. Direct competitors. But I can honestly say that he is a role-model for what it looks like to be a zealous advocate for the injured worker. I was at Court today on another case and saw Dr. Schaeffer at work. He was destroying the defense attorney. He was confident, knowledgeable about the law and the facts of his case, and he would not be intimidated by anyone. His advocacy was epic and if it was recorded, millions of people would have loved to watch it on television. We all have our own unique personalities and methods of advocacy, but Dr. Schaeffer is an attorney that I will never forget and always wish I could emulate. 5 Stars to this direct competitor of my firm. If I was hurt at work, I would hire Dr. Peter Schaeffer to represent me."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because working with Dr. Peter Schaeffer I learned as an opponent you have to read and be prepared when you go against him. He is a very detail-oriented and passionate attorney. Dr. Schaeffer's tenacity and experience make him a valuable attorney - either side of a case."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I see Pete regularly in court and I am always impressed with his rapport with his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dr. Schaeffer is a superior applicant’s attorney who knows how to wring every dollar out of every case on behalf of his clients. In the cases I have with him he has been aggressive but reasonable and always very professional."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Peter Schaeffer as opposing counsel for more than 5 years on a number of complex cases including a 3 day trial in which he prevailed against me where other good attorneys would not. He is always professional, very knowledge and most competent. I have referred potential clients to him without expectation of compensation simply because they would get the best representation from Peter. I enthusiastically recommend him."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I specialize in worker's compensation defense. I have known Dr. Schaeffer as an applicant's attorney for over three years. During that period of time, I have been opposing counsel on several workers compensation cases. Although Dr. Schaeffer is a zealous advocate on the behalf of his clients, he has always presented himself professionally and behaved ethically before the Court and in resolving our cases. Thus, I would recommend Dr. Schaeffer's services for any person needing worker's compensation representation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I STRONGLY endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Schaeffer knows how to be an advocate for his clients. He returns phone calls within a reasonable period of time regardless if he knows "the exact answer" or "the outcome." Having an excellent personality and attitude, he works well with clients, fellow attorneys, opposing counsel, judges and court staff. Moreover, he has a command of the respective areas of law and keeps on top of new case law, statutes and regulations. A client can feel confident having Mr. Schaeffer as his/her counsel and sleep well at night knowing that his/her case is being handled competently. This message was written by an attorney very selective, detailed and careful with endorsements."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. A strong advocate for his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dr. Schaeffer is the attorney I turn to on worker's compensation matters. He is a consummate professional and a dedicated advocate."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Peter Schaeffer as and experienced, professional and excellent Worker's Compensation Attorney who agressively works his client's files to conclusion. He maintains close contact with his client's and responds to their every need during the litigation process. Harlan Kistler, Esq."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. he's an excellent attorney and gentleman. i know whenever dealing with peter, his word is as good as a written contract. he is knowledgeable, courteous, honorable and an excellent lawyer. i would not hesitate to refer clients to him."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"After working with Mr. Schaeffer as opposing counsel for several years I have developed respect for his knowledge of the field, his work ethic and integrity of the cases his accepts to represent."
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Top Contributor 2012
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Riverside Workers compensation Lawyer Peter Marc Schaeffer
Peter Marc Schaeffer
Workers compensation Attorney
Riverside, CA
Licensed for 27 years
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