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Brian M. Schnarr

San Francisco
T: 415.774.3276
F: 415.403.6217



  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 2010, Articles Editor, University of San Francisco Law Review, Advanced Moot Court Advocacy Program
  • B.A., California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 2006
  • California
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Brian is an associate in the Business Trial Practice group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Schnarr has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of litigated matters, including construction defect, toxic tort, contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, product defect, personal injury, and price fixing.  His experience covers all aspects of civil litigation, from pre-filing negotiations and consultations to trial. 

In 2014, Mr. Schnarr was selected as the Trial Lawyer of the Year by both the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and by Public Justice for his role in securing a $1.15 billion judgment after a fourteen-year long litigation involving lead-based paint. He has also been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He currently holds a position on the Leadership Development Committee of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

  • 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers
  • 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year, Public Justice
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2016

Member of a trial team that prosecuted the largest representative public nuisance case in
California history in the Complex Department of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. After a six week trial, the case resulted in a decision against the defendants (pigment/paint manufacturers) for $1.15 billion. 

Member of a trial team that represented an 86 year old resident of San Mateo County in an elder abuse action against a skilled nursing facility. After a two week trial, a jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff for $1,844,400. 

Lead trial attorney in defense of a residential design professional in a construction defect case where the plaintiffs alleged negligence and fraud arising out of a home remodel and second story addition. The case was ultimately resolved at trial on terms beneficial to the defense. 

Speaking Engagements

  • The Economics of Access to Civil Justice, March 2014