Spencer A. Schneider

[email protected]
310-447-9000

EDUCATION

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; JD, University of California at Davis. Chancellor Service Award for contributions to the UCLA community. Served as Business Editor for the U.C. Davis Law Review and recipient of U.C. Davis School of Law’s American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Writing.

EXPERIENCE

Mr. Schneider is the partner responsible for managing the firm’s insurance coverage and litigation practice. He has more than 20 years of experience representing clients involved in insurance-coverage disputes. He formerly served as Chairperson of the Insurance Coverage Subcommittee for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.

BAR ADMITTANCE AND LICENSURE

California (1994)

MEMBERSHIP

American Bar Association; the State Bar of California; the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Schneider is licensed to practice before all California state courts, has handled appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has litigated cases in all four of the federal district courts in California.

PUBLISHED CASES

Star Ins. Co. v. Neighbors (Nev. 2006) 138 P.3d 507.
Palp, Inc. v. Williamsburg Nat’l Ins. Co. (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 282.
Gorham, Inc. v. First Financial Ins. Co. (2006) 138 Cal.App.4th 1532.
J&J Pumps, Inc. v. Star Ins. Co.
(E.D. Cal. 2011) 795 F. Supp. 2d 1023.

Mr. Schneider counsels insurance carriers and policyholders on matters of insurance coverage involving both first- and third-party claims. He has extensive experience with both personal and commercial lines of insurance, including policies covering property, CGL, auto, E&O, D&O, worker’s compensation, employment practices, environmental/pollution, surety, crime, cyber liability and data breach. In addition to providing coverage advice, Mr. Schneider litigates disputes between carriers and policyholders in actions for declaratory judgment, rescission, equitable contribution and indemnity, unfair competition, breach of contract and bad faith. He also litigates disputes among primary carriers, between primary and excess insurers, and between ceding insurer and reinsurer.
Mr. Schneider has served as lead counsel on a number of appeals and successfully argued an appeal before the Nevada Supreme Court concerning a matter of worker’s compensation insurance.
When Mr. Schneider is not practicing law, he is practicing and coaching fastpitch softball with his two daughters. As a coach, he brings the same level of passion and intensity to the softball field that he brings to his law practice. And when not working or coaching, Mr. Schneider can be found at the Rose Bowl or Pauley Pavilion cheering on his alma mater, UCLA.