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Schwartz Semerdjian is an AV rated law firm formed in 1998. The firm combines the legal skills, litigation experience and support found in a large firm with the virtues of a more personal practice zealously representing a variety of clients across a spectrum of specialized legal practice areas across California and the United States. Through its affiliation with LEGUS (, Schwartz Semerdjian has affiliations with law firms throughout the United States and the world.

All of the lawyers are experienced litigators except for three who focus on business and real estate transactional matters as well as estate planning. The litigators of Schwartz Semerdjian have extensive trial experience, including jury and court trials in both state and federal courts, mediations, judicial and non-judicial arbitrations, and trials in other jurisdictions in the United States.

The firm is built on the strong academic background of its lawyers. Law schools represented by lawyers in the firm range from the University of San Diego to other schools in California, such as University of the Pacificand University of Santa Clara, to Notre Dame and Rutgers.Schwartz Semerdjian lawyers have attended prestigious universities, including Harvard, UCLA, UCSD, and USC.

The firm and its lawyers frequently contribute their time to professional organizations, participate in continuing education activities and support community organizations. For example, one partner is the Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on the American Jury Project and the past Chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA. Another serves as counsel to the San Diego Chapter of Associated Subcontractors Alliance. Others have served on the Board of Directors and on committees for the American Bar Association, Barristers Club of San Diego, Lawyers Club of San Diego, and the San Diego County Bar Association. Civic activities include membership on the Board of Directors and on committees of the Affordable Housing Advocates, Downtown San Diego Partnership, San Diego Sports Council, San Diego Hall of Champions,South County Economic Development Council, UCSD Alumni Association, and the YMCA.

The lawyers are members of the American Bar Association (ABA), ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego Defense Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys of California and San Diego, San Diego Chapter of the Associated Sub-Contractors Alliance, Associated General Contractors of America, Lawyers Club of San Diego and the San Diego County Bar Association. The firm is affiliated with the William Enright, William L. Todd and Louis Welsh American Inns of Court.

Historically, members of the firm have been active speakers in continuing education programs, including the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), TIPS National Trial Academy, Recent Developments in Business Law, American Inns of Court, ABOTA Jury Summit, Continuing Education of the Bar California (CEB), Consumer Attorneys civil litigation seminars, and the San Diego County Bar Association Insurance Section seminars. The lawyers at Schwartz Semerdjian have published numerous articles in many prestigious legal periodicals, magazines and newspapers. Partners serve as arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association.  


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