|NM||Authorized to practice law||2007||07/11/2013|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star - Civil Rights||SuperLawyers||2016|
|2015 Northern California Rising Stars||Super Lawyers - Thomson Reuters||2015|
|Scored in 98th Percentile Multistate Bar Exam (New Mexico)||Multi-State Bar Exam||2007|
|Two Essays Deemed Best Bar Exam Answers (Model Answers)||New Mexico Bar Exam||2007|
|Witkin Award For Academic Excellence: Remedies (Spring 2006)||WITKIN||2006|
|CALI Excellence Award: Criminal Procedure (Spring 2005)||CALI||2005|
|Witkin Award For Academic Excellence: Jury Law & Strategies||WITKIN||2005|
|Principal||Law Office of Sanjay S. Schmidt||2010 - Present|
|Deputy Public Defender IV||San Joaquin County Public Defender's Office||2007 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||2011 - Present|
|National Police Accountability Project||Member||2010 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - 2015|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||2007 - 2015|
|$525,000.00 Recovery in Excessive Force (K-9) False Arrest Case||$525,000.00 Settlement|
|Excessive Force Case Causing Broken Arm||Recovery of $312,500.00|
|Slip and Fall in Supermarket Causing Back Injury||$250,000.00 Settlement|
|See all legal cases|
|Contra Costa Times||Veteran suing Concord police for excessive force, wrongful arrest||2016|
|Modesto Bee||Excessive Force Claim Settled for $165,000.00||2015|
|Modesto Bee||Ceres settles lawsuit against police for $312,500.00||2015|
|Daily Journal||Daily Journal Verdicts and Settlements; April 11, 2014||2014|
|Lexis Nexis Publishing||Olvera v. City of Modesto, et al.||2014|
|www.Leagle.com||Olvera v. City of Modesto, et al.||2014|
|Westlaw||Lilay, Inc., et al. v. City of Antioch, et al.||2013|
|Lexis Nexis Publishing||Lilay, Inc. v. City of Antioch, et al.||2013|
|Lexis Nexis Publishing||Daniel v. City of Antioch, et al.||2013|
|Lexis Nexis Publishing||Wettstein v. City and County of San Francisco||2013|
|Consumer Attorneys of California e clips||Modesto Settles Illegal Search Lawsuit||2013|
|Santa Clara Univ SOL||N/A||law||N/A|
|Univ of Oregon||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|National Police Accountability Project||Discovery - Flash Presentation||2016|
|Identifying Civil Rights & Police Misconduct Cases||Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Litigation: Protecting Human Dignity||2013|
Posted by KS
Sanjay was extremely helpful in my legal matter. He would always respond to my calls and emails promptly. He made my case as simple as possible for me alleviating many of the concerns that I had. I would highly recommend him. It is apparent when first meeting with him that he is extremely knowledgeable and dedictaed.
Posted by Tony
Sanjay won our case at a Jury Trial with a verdict of Not Guilty after a hard fought trial, even though he took some major heat from the judge who seemed intent on having him fail. If you're looking to hire an attorney, do yourself a favor and hire Sanjay Schmidt you won't regret it. He has extensive experience, he quickly responded when needed and I was impressed with his knowledge. I would highly recommend him as he goes out of his way to make sure that the job is done right.
Posted by Sam
I worked with Sanjay Schmidt on a police misconduct case starting last year. This guy knows his stuff first off. The direction he wanted to go with my case was probably the best way to take it, which was to find out every Constitutional rights violations he could, and go for the jugular.
He decided to bring in a second lawyer who is equally as good, Panos Lagos. Together, I knew I was in good hands. These guys called me often, emailed me even more often, and met with me and all the witnesses often as well. They moved quick, and always kept me informed on any and all updates as the case moved along.
I sometimes wondered if they had other cases because they were so invested in my case. They of course had many other cases going on but, I never felt like mine took a backseat to maybe a more lucrative case, ever.
They hired investigators, sometimes even conference-calling the private investigator while on a call with me so I could hear what the investigator was learning from the witnesses first hand.
Within 6 months of officially filing the claim, we had the defendants scrambling and offering settlements, good settlements. These guys take this type of stuff seriously, and believe in the cases they handle personally. They are principled, not timid, and never let up once the ball was rolling.
If you are reading this review, HIRE Sanjay. He doesn't talk to you like you're just another client, like I said, he takes it personal and treated me like I was a long time friend that he was defending, seriously. Panos who helped my case with Sanjay, made for a dream team of experience and methods to really hold the Police accountable for everything they deserved to be held accountable for.
I lucked out by stumbling upon Sanjay.
- I won my case hands down.
- I had an article written about my lawsuit that was definitely bad publicity for the police department/city, which was awesome
- I won more money than I have ever seen in my life
- And to top it off, I feel good about it all. I have closure, I feel like I got redemption.
I thank both Sanjay and Panos Lagos.
Joseph May, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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.