Hon. Harvey A. Schneider

Hon. Harvey A. Schneider

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Retired

Recognized as one of the Daily Journal's Top California Neutrals from 2006 through 2009, Judge Harvey Schneider is considered by his clients to be "an extremely efficient neutral" who is able to quickly identify issues and get to the heart of the matter. Judge Schneider is highly experienced and widely sought after as a mediator and arbitrator in multi-party, complex litigation of all kinds.


  • Current or former member: American, Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley bar associations, Los Angeles County Bar Ethics Committee. Guest Advisor, Ad Hoc Committee of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury investigating jury reform, 1974
  • Author or coauthor of numerous published articles and comments in law reviews and bar publications


Complex civil litigation, including intellectual property, construction defect, discovery matters, toxic tort, medical and legal malpractice, contract, employment, eminent domain, habitability and real property cases.


Judge Schneider served on the Los Angeles Superior Court for more than 12 years. He was the first Supervising Judge of two significant court pilot programs for civil cases: the longcause program for trials of 20 days or more, and the Complex Litigation Program. His last three years on the bench were spent managing complex cases, including issue identification and resolution; structuring cases for settlement or trial; and assisting parties in the preparation of trial packages.

Prior to his service on the Superior Court, Judge Schneider was a United States Magistrate Judge for nearly four years, and he practiced trial and appellate law for many years. Forty years ago, Judge Schneider argued and won a landmark 4th Amendment case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Katz v. United States. He is currently co-authoring an article with an Assistant U.S. Attorney on the backstory of this landmark case and its future implications.

Judge Schneider has been active in presenting legal education courses for attorneys on topics ranging from evidence to effective trial and deposition skills. He is a former member of the Los Angeles County Bar Ethics Committee.


   J.D. (1963), University of Southern California Law Center. Elected to Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi
   B.S. (1958), University of California at Los Angeles

Judge Schneider is available in California and Nevada.


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