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Paul Bradley Schroeder

Litigation Attorney at Walnut Creek, CA

4.6   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    45%
    I have litigated hundreds of cases ranging from products liability involving heavy equipment, automobiles, bicycles and helmets to commercial disputes, construction defect and employment.

    29 years, 500 cases

  2. Commercial real estate
    30%
    I have handled dozens of commercial disputes and negotiations for banks, product manufacturers, construction companies and contractors.

    29 years, 150 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    20%
    I have written and negotiated sports sponsorship agreements for athletes and teams, executive employment agreements, contracts for the production and distribution of liquor, LLC operating agreements and partnership agreements.

    29 years, 200 cases

  4. Construction and development
    5%
    I have handled dozens of cases on behalf of contractors, homeowners and commercial tenants involving payment disputes, licensing matters and construction defects.

    29 years, 30 cases

My name is Paul Schroeder.  I have been practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996.  I have worked as a partner and an associate at a variety of law firms.  On March 1, 2014, I left my prior firm, where I was a shareholder, to start my own office.  I left so I could provide my clients with more personalized service at reasonable rates.  My goal with any matter, whether litigated or non-litigated, is to resolve it as quickly and efficiently as possible.  While my office is in the Bay Area, I handle litigated and non-litigated matters around the country and around the world, regularly supervising counsel in other states and countries on behalf of my clients, including, Norway, South Korea, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Bolivia and others.  I am available to my clients at all hours, whether I am in my office, at home, or on the road for business or pleasure.

 

I typically provide a free initial consultation over the phone to triage a new matter.  This allows me to evaluate a potential client’s issues quickly and to determine if a lawyer is needed, if I am the right lawyer and to provide a referral if I think one of my colleagues is a better fit for any particular client.

 

I have developed a solid reputation over the past two decades for dedicated service to my clients and for successful resolution of their matters.  I achieve this by listening to my clients to understand their goals and needs.  In litigated matters, I advocate strongly for my clients, while trying to avoid picking unnecessary (and often costly) fights.  In non-litigated matters, I get the best deal for my clients, while recognizing that when a business deal is involved, both parties need to be satisfied with the agreement.  My job is to try and foster a deal, not be a roadblock to clients achieving their goals.

 

I provide ongoing preventative guidance and legal direction to individuals and businesses.  I spend a lot of time thinking about my client’s matters; whether how to order discovery or motion work in a litigated matter to achieve the best result, and get a case resolved quickly or how to write a contract to ensure my client’s needs are protected and we are in a good position if the relationship falls apart.

 

Prevention often proves to be far less costly than waiting for things to go wrong and dealing with the consequences.  At least half of what I do for my clients is helping them avoid unnecessary fights with unnecessary costs.  Ideally, I work with my clients proactively before matters reach the point where litigation is necessary.  We do this by discussing their contracts, and business practices and often reforming them.  I look at clients’ insurance programs to make sure they have appropriate coverage.  I also frequently refer my clients to other professionals to help them grow their business.  Even in litigated matters, I take a big picture view and try and work with my clients to avoid future litigation and to position them for success if future litigation is unavoidable.

 

Personally, I graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1995.  I graduated from the University of California in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  I live in San Ramon with my wife and daughter.  I enjoy cycling, travel, cooking, wine, and cheering on the Cal Bears, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.

 

If you are looking for an attorney who has a solid background in litigation, contracts, commercial and business law and construction/development representation, I would be happy to speak with you. Schedule an initial consultation with my office to find out more.

Location

Law Offices of Paul Schroeder
961 Ygnacio Valley Rd..
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596

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Reviews

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Posted by Deane | October 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly competent; satisfying to work with. Delivers excellent value.
I was named as the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit resulting from a collision between a female pedestrian and myself as I was riding a bicycle. Paul Schroeder represented me in this matter over 14 months of litigation resulting in an eventual settlement. My choice of this attorney was one of the best moves I have ever made in my life. Paul’s performance as a litigator was superb. If I were to recount every example of the ways in which he out-lawyered the opposing counsel this letter would be too long. I will recount one. Early in my case Paul deposed a witness. His first questions to the witness puzzled me. They did not seem relevant. Later on in the deposition, when the plaintiff’s lawyer started asking speculative questions to the witness I realized that Paul had anticipated what kinds of questions his opponent would ask, and the kinds of opinionated answers that the witness might offer. The witness’ answers to Paul’s earlier “irrelevant” questions were now on the record and would either serve to keep the witness’ later answers consistent with his earlier answers, or would serve to trap the witness into a contradiction if his later answers were contrary or hypocritical. This was brilliant lawyering. Over time I came to appreciate that Paul knows what he knows and he knows what he doesn’t know. He has built a fine network of advisors and experts to brief him on subjects of relevance and he also performs his own very effective research whenever needed. My written and oral conversations with Paul were very productive, economical and effective. Never once did he and I have to spend any valuable time clearing up any misunderstandings or re-establishing any previous understanding or making substantial revisions to any legal document drafts. I am still astonished by how well Paul always grasped whatever thoughts or details I shared with him, always getting it right and complete the first time. I was an engaged and energetic client. Paul always treated my opinions with respect and made use of them when they were useful. He is a master of “pre-suasion”, guiding his listener to come to the wisest conclusions on his own rather than having to hear it first from Paul’s mouth. He served as a cool, level-headed, calm counterweight to my competitiveness and eagerness. Yet I have no doubt that he can inject some heat into a timid, cautious client’s thinking when it is in his client’s interest. Paul of course was aware that I had to defend myself at my own expense. I will be forever grateful to him for a number of ways in which he was considerate of my financial situation and delivered exceptional value. For instance, Paul found a no-cost venue for a mediation session. He also made resourceful and cost-effective use of his network of experts. And, most importantly of all, as mentioned above, I did not have to pay for re-work or uneconomical communications because Paul characteristically got things right the first time. Litigation is painfully expensive but I was always happy when I paid Paul. Money well spent. I am also happy to recommend his services to you. Please be assured that it is in your interest to consider this fine lawyer for your own needs.
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Posted by Wayne | October 5, 2012
Concise, lucid and fast response with no confusing legalese.
My only experience with Paul so far has been the initial answer to my question. However, based upon the clear, concise information that he provided I am absolutely positive that I will use his services if I decide that I want to continue this matter. Paul’s written response pointed me to the section of the contract that I needed to examine. Paul also followed up with a phone call. He was courteous, knowledgeable and a completely enjoyable person to talk to. Using the information he provided, I was able to finally determine that I am up the creek without the proverbial paddle.
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Response from Paul Schroeder October 8, 2012
Wayne, thanks for the kind words. I look forward to working with you in the future. I've helped a variety of small businesses on contract and litigation issues, so let me know if you need anything.
Posted by Nick | October 2, 2012
Great service and attention to detail!
Paul is an awesome business attorney. Even in the confusing world of California ABC law, he's helped up understand the best ways to reach our goals while navigating the convoluted rules and regulations. And his attention to detail has saved us more than once when dealing with everything from our business contracts to our insurance coverage.
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Posted by John | November 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Provided great help and advice
Paul helped me with a mediation involving a dispute with a contractor who, according to my estimation, overcharged me by over $100K. Paul drew up a mediation brief that provided a compelling case for a refund from the contractor. He also advised me when the contractor threatened to sue me for libel regarding honest online reviews i posted detailing the experience with the contractor; the contractor did not follow through with the threat to sue. Paul is a very personable professional who gives his best effort to help resolve problems and is a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by James | November 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great follow up
Paul does a great job of follow up which I have found to be if not lacking at least tardy with many other attorneys. We feel to be a priority for him.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-395 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Paul Schroeder
  • 2014 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Hirsch, Closson, McMillan & Schroeder
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Shareholder
  • Mitchell & Schroeder, LLP
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Bjork Lawrence
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Atwood Haiman & Westerberg
  • 1996 - 1998
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Education

  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 619 Spirits
  • Ongoing representation
  • Kashani v. Scholz
  • The court awarded Scholz $35,000 in attorney's fees.
  • Specialized v. Gibson
  • I obtained a judgment in excess of $1,000,000 and an injunction to stop him from further sales of my client's products.

Associations

  • ProVisors
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • California Alpha Sigma Phi Association
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • California Alpha Sigma Phi Association
  • President
  • 2007 - 2011
  • California Alpha Sigma Phi Association
  • Vice President
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Conference
  • Products liability for wheel chairs used as seats in motor vehicles
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Paul
Litigation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently referred Paul a matter for a client of mine and the client was very happy. I consider Paul a trusted colleague with high integrity and great legal skill."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I attended law school with Paul and practiced together with him for a number of years. I have always found his work to be thoughtful, detailed and focused on this clients' best interest."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Schroeder are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Paul Bradley Schroeder. Quite certainly, in Contra Costa County if you have Landlord Tenant and any litigation issues, you should feel comfortable in seeking out the legal advisement of Mr. Schroeder. He has the ability to give you straight up analytic legal advice, while at the same time, introducing some practical elements (i.e. are you really doing the right thing to start with…). He is an excellent contributor to the AVVO program, and his legal advisements should be well respected."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Friend
"Paul is a conscientious lawyer who is deeply interested in doing well for his clients. I have known Paul for almost twenty years and I endorse him."
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Walnut Creek Litigation Lawyer Paul Bradley Schroeder
Paul Bradley Schroeder
Litigation Attorney
Walnut Creek, CA
Licensed for 28 years
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