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Peter Marc Schaeffer

About me

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.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 95%
    20 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Sexual Harassment: 5%
    17 years, 50 cases



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kevin Michael Cortright

    I endorse this lawyer, very well respected by his peers and clients.


    Kevin Cortright Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian Wyld Freeman

    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.


    Brian Freeman Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Law Offices of Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer Esq.

167 Masters Avenue
Suite A
Riverside, CA, 92507

Law Offices of Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer

43537 Ridgepark Drive
Suite 100
Temecula, CA, 92590

Law Offices of Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer

245 E. Redlands Blvd.
Ste O
San Bernardino, CA, 92408

Law Offices of Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer

777 Tahquitz Canyon Dr.
Suite 200
Palm Springs, CA, 92262



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyer 2013Palm Springs Life Magazine2013
Workers Compensation SpecialistUniversity of California Riverside2007
CertificateTrial Lawers College - Gerry Spence2005
Specialization in Workers CompensationUniversity of California Riverside2003
Training for Temporary JudgesPalm Springs Superior Court2001
Trial AdvocacyHastings College of Law1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Law Offices of Dr. Peter M. Schaeffer1996 - Present
OwnerSchaeffer Motors1982 - 1995
Broker - OwnerERA- The Schaeffer Company1980 - 1983
Pharmacist OwnerThe Towne Pharmacy1975 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaOfficer1996 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationOfficer1996 - Present
California Pharmacy AssociationMember1970 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationMember2004 - 2009
Desert Bar AssociationMember1997 - 2004
Federal Bar Association (California chapter)Member1997 - 2004
Riverside Board of RealtorsOfficer1978 - 1983
Burbank Board of RealtorsMember1971 - 1975
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chavez v. Interstate BrandsNearly $1,000,000 settlement
Sethi v. Singh ChevroletPlaintiff award for injured worker 1/2 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Your Workers Comp ClaimThree Ways to Settle Your Workers Compensation Claim2006
Employment and EarningsWhat is At Will Employment?1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Citrus Belt Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of Southern CaliforniaPharmacyPhD - Doctorate1970
Columbia UniversityPharmaceutical ScienceN/A1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Riverside Board of Realtors1031 Tax Free Exchanges in a Recession1983