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Paul E. Schonauer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

4.7   13 reviews

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%

    11 years, 15 cases

  2. Child support
    20%

    15 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%

    11 years, 30 cases

  4. Family
    20%

    11 years, 50 cases

  5. Debt settlement
    5%

    8 years, 2 cases

  6. Estate planning
    5%

    9 years, 3 cases

  7. Expungement
    5%

    10 years, 4 cases

  8. Landlord or tenant
    5%

    9 years, 4 cases

My philosophy is simple. I strive to provide the best and most cost effective representation during the most significant and possibly traumatic time of your life. I bring a lifetime of experience, compassion, and common sense, to this task. My Office will provide thoughtful assessment of your case and give you well-defined choices on how to proceed.

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Licensed for 10 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Office of Paul E. Schonauer
209 East Anapamu Street
PO BOX 91021
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Jeannine | January 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unusually Gifted Attorney with Integrity
Paul offered brilliant advice, was willing to work with my budget, and created documents for me to work with on my own time, saving me extra fees. He reviewed my petition and accommodated my request to expedite filing. Paul’s intelligence, kindness, integrity, and knowledge of the Santa Barbara Court System make him stand out as a local resource for families.
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Posted by Mauricio Vera Nuñez | June 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience highly recommended lawyer
Happy writing my experience on the lawyer Paul, I felt understood, heard with my bad English and very cleverly advised, I was very happy to see the experience and intelligence of the lawyer, Knowing the laws and in the environment where I develop, I do not think I can find another lawyer like this in Santa Barbara, easy access, easy parking, and fast was the time I got results, 100% recommendable.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer out there
Paul is amazing! I had a tough case ahead of me, same sex child custody battle, fighting for my rights as a mother. Given the circumstances and challenges he took it on with no hesitation! Through out the years he put in all his effort to succeed. He's a fighter and will give it his all, he doesn't mess around, he is very clear in explaining and making you understand the law, he's always there to answer any questions and is always available or fast at responding. My case was a challenge and I was very pleased with how he worked with me. He's got heart! He's inspiring, always positive, calm and colected, and very professional! I would recommend him to everyone. I absolutely loved him! hands down best lawyer out there, I'm thankful for him and what he did for me! One of the best!!!
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Response from Paul Schonauer June 14, 2017
This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service!
I recently saw Paul after learning he had successful experience representing tenants in landlord-tenant disputes. I was pleasantly surprised by his simple, yet effective strategy of initiating contact with my landlord after receiving a Notice of Termination of Tenancy. In my mind, I assumed we would approach the situation by throwing all the legal formalites and jargon in a letter, but I was quickly impressed with his idea of starting out with a simple phone call. Knowing that my landlord was well within his legal right to evict me, I was amazed to hear that Paul was able to get the Notice rescinded and allow me to continue my tenancy at a place I've called home for more than 6 years. Not only was I satisfied with his assistance, but so was my landlord. Paul is affordable, wastes no time, and will treat you (and those you're disputing with) with the utmost respect, and truly speaks on your behalf as he would his own family. As someone in the legal field with many connections, take my word for it, Paul Schonauer is one of the few attorneys in Santa Barbara that truly cares for his clients, and will treat your problem like it was his own, which is uncommon these days. Thank you, Paul, for all your assistance in a very stressful situation!!
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Response from Paul Schonauer June 14, 2017
This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Posted by Guillermina | September 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He gave me legal support.
Paul had all the awnsers and the angles to my legal matter. He was brilliantly clever and always looking after my best interest. Definitly a attorney you want on your side.
Response from Paul Schonauer September 12, 2016
This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Posted by Barbara | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Organized, Practical, Flexible . . . worked for me!
Paul handled my divorce case, and I was impressed by his organizational skills and professionalism. He is practical in dealing with all the parties concerned, uses his knowledge of the law to inform my real-life situation, and is flexible enough to work with what is relevant in my case (something not all attorneys do).
Response from Paul Schonauer February 4, 2016
This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Posted by Karen | December 1, 2014
Organized and a Successful win
Paul was an absolute pleasure to work with. He assisted my law team with my trial brief, court status reports, research, and was available for overall discussions of my case. He was very attentive to my concerns and really helped ease my worries. I would definitely recommend Paul Schonauer, not only for his outstanding attention to detail but also for being someone who genuinely cares about the well-being of his clients. I can't thank him and my team enough.
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Response from Paul Schonauer February 4, 2016
This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2014
Excellent! Meet with him and see for yourself!
After speaking to an attorney who I consider a friend, I still went with Schonauer. He impressed me significantly with his willingness to inform me and address all aspects of the case. He also emailed me more information and continued to communicate with me throughout the case. Schonauer is so incredibly bright I felt positive about my case because I was in such smart and trustworthy hands. As it turns out I was. Terrific lawyer! Knowledgeable and then some. Meet with him and see for yourself. Highly recommend.
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Response from Paul Schonauer February 4, 2016
This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Posted by W.R. | April 21, 2014
Brilliant, Energetic, Courteous
Previous to meeting Schonauer, I consulted with six other attorney's. One in particular is regarded very highly, and is known to be one of the most experienced appellate lawyers in town. This lawyer examined my case and told me he was 100% sure I would lose my appeal. I did not want to give up and at the last minute (with only days left) went to Paul Schonauer. He looked at my case and pretty much exploded with facts that proved my argument lawfully correct. Not only was he ready with his immediate expansive knowledge of law at hand, he went the extra mile with absolute enthusiasm as well. Schonauer gathered an array of information and examples quickly, that addressed, fueled, proved and covered every angle of my case. Paul is high energy, super smart, kept me informed and explained what he was doing. He's easy to listen to, got back to me fast even when he was busy, treated me with respect, did not create false hopes, instead used all his energy to win my case. And he did! I highly recommend him after consulting with six other very experienced attorneys. This was a debt collection case.
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Response from Paul Schonauer February 4, 2016
This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2014
Smart- Thorough - Trustworthy.
Paul Schonauer has recently worked on a case for me. He works fast and thorough. His knowledge of the laws that are relevant to my situation went way beyond what I'd heard from (6) other lawyers. He was also quick to discover specifics that others had not seen which are extremely important to my case. Schonauer is sharp & skillfully - doesn't waste anytime. I trust him- no fluff - but real.
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Response from Paul Schonauer February 4, 2016
This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Posted by Armand | May 4, 2013
Child custody
Paul is very knowledgeable, trustworthy and answered all of my questions in a way that I would understand. His performance as well as the questions he asked during the custody hearing was excellent.
Response from Paul Schonauer February 4, 2016
This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Posted by Lisa | May 2, 2013
Great Family/Child Custody Attorney
Paul was prompt in returning messages, emails and phone calls. He wrote my Declaration promptly as well as did extensive research related to my case. Would highly recommend!
Response from Paul Schonauer February 4, 2016
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Embarrassed to have this lawyer
I have no idea how this lawyer has a 5 star review. I won’t publicly discuss a personal case, just know that this lawyer was not only not professional but did not represented me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-340 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Legislative Analyst
  • Self Employed Consultant
  • 1998 - 2000

Education

  • Santa Barbara COL
  • N/A
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • N/A
  • Duquesne University
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Dissolution / characterization of real property
  • Court ruled Husband was entitled to dollar for dollar reimbursement only because Initial vesting of title occurred after marriage. This outcome resulting in a $100,000 increased to the community and and $50,000 equalization payment to Wife (client)

Associations

  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Santa Barbara Barristers
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Law Practitioners of Santa Barbara
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Witkin's Award – Constitutional Law
  • The Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2010
  • scholarship candidate (Top 5 in class)
  • CPA • Law Society of Ventura County
  • 2010

Publications

  • None
  • None
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Open House
  • Law School Experience
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Paul
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has integrity. He won't just tell you what you want to hear, but will find a way to provide you the best assistance under the circumstances."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Schonauer, a great attorney with experience in several different areas of law. He works diligently for his clients, is very knowledgeable and works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Paul for several years as he shares office space with my law firm, Appel & Morse. While my wife and I practice criminal law, we regularly get clients asking for help with family law, landlord-tenant law, or civil litigation. I have referred many clients to Paul over the years, and every one has been pleased with his efforts. I continue to recommend Paul to anyone looking for an accessible (he answers his own phone!), thoughtful, intelligent, and detail-conscious attorney for family law, civil litigation, or other legal problems. I have seen Paul use his years of experience as a social worker to great advantage with clients, courts, and adversaries. As a strong listener, he can absorb and distil the important facts. He can then apply his thoughtful and detail-conscious approach to looking for solutions within the law. While it is rarely pleasant to need the services of an attorney, if you do, you will be in good hands with Paul. I whole heartedly endorse him. Ian Morse."