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Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 52%
    6 years
  2. Personal Injury: 33%
    6 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    10 years, 1.65 thousand cases



Hourly ($500-600/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Douglas MacMillan Borthwick

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Douglas Borthwick Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joseph Samuel May

    Sanjay and I co-counseled two civil rights cases recently, obtaining very favorable settlements for our clients in both cases. I consider Sanjay to be one of the very best attorneys in the Bay Area for police misconduct cases. Sanjay has both the book smarts and the street smarts to be a highly effective advocate for his clients in these difficult and hard-fought cases. And few lawyers I know are as hard working or dedicated to their clients as Sanjay is. He also happens to be a great guy.


    Joseph May Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Sanjay S. Schmidt

1388 Sutter Street
Suite 810
San Francisco, CA, 94109


NMAuthorized to practice law200707/11/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Northern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers - Thomson Reuters2015
Scored in 98th Percentile Multistate Bar Exam (New Mexico)Multi-State Bar Exam2007
Two Essays Deemed Best Bar Exam Answers (Model Answers)New Mexico Bar Exam2007
Witkin Award For Academic Excellence: Remedies (Spring 2006)WITKIN2006
CALI Excellence Award: Criminal Procedure (Spring 2005)CALI2005
Witkin Award For Academic Excellence: Jury Law & StrategiesWITKIN2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Sanjay S. Schmidt2010 - Present
Deputy Public Defender IVSan Joaquin County Public Defender's Office2007 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2011 - Present
National Police Accountability ProjectMember2010 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - 2015
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2007 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Unlawful Seizure & Unlawful Arrest$120,000.00 Settlement
Armed Robbery CaseOne Count of 211 Armed enhancement Dismissed; 142 days county jail and PROBATION
Serious Injury$310,000.00 (confidential settlement with insurer)
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of OregonN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Identifying Civil Rights & Police Misconduct CasesPolice Misconduct & Civil Rights Litigation: Protecting Human Dignity2013