Benjamin Schonbrun

Benjamin Schonbrun

Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
310-396-0731
Fax:
310-399-7040
Email:

NOTEWORTHY CASES

Sanders vs. New York State Department of Correctional Services, County of Los Angeles et al., represented mentally disabled Los Angeles resident who was wrongfully imprisoned for over two years in New York State prison system. Case resulted in settlements of over $3.5 million against New York State and County of Los Angeles and published Ninth Circuit opinion. Story featured in Sunday New York Times magazine, August 8, 2000

Calonne vs. S.C.R.T.D., et al. , represented family of passenger who was shot and killed by deranged woman passenger on a City bus. Case settled for over one million dollars.

Brown v. City of Hawthorne : litigated on behalf of the family of a young man who was shot and killed by the City of Hawthorne police department. $1,000,000 settlement.

Scott v. County of Los Angeles , represented Estate of Donald Scott in federal civil rights lawsuit against law enforcement officials from the County of Los Angeles and federal government which resulted in a $5 million settlement paid to the plaintiffs for death of Malibu rancher killed during police raid.

Garcia v. City of Los Angeles , we represented a Mexican immigrant, his sister and mother who visited the Griffith Observatory on a family outing and wound up being assaulted and battered in violation of their civil rights by Park Rangers. The case settled for $335,000 and a promise from the City of Los Angeles to upgrade their training for Park Rangers to comply with statewide practices for law enforcement.

Zammit vs. City of Los Angeles , represented family of motorcyclist killed in traffic accident due to a dangerous road condition. Case resulted in settlement of $450,000.00,

Slaughter v. Eastwood Owners Association , represented the mother of a college basketball player at Chaffey College who was shot and killed by the resident manager of his apartment complex, a former LAPD detective. $925,000.00 settlement.

Griffith v. Davis , represented the daughter of a man who was shot and killed by an IRS special agent. Resulted in the reported case of Griffith v. Davis, 161 F.R.D. 687 (1995) which held that plaintiffs could discover documents which pertained to the IRS investigation of the matter, including the statement of the IRS special agent. $650,000.00 settlement.

CURRENT NOTEWORTHY CASES

Wadkins vs. Hanford Auto Sales, Ford Motor Company, et al., represent the heirs of six family members who were killed when their car veered off the road, struck a bridge and plunged into a cold water canal.

CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENTS

Benjamin Schonbrun & Partners have represented numerous plaintiffs in sexual harassment, race discrimination, wrongful termination, pregnancy discrimination and disability discrimination which resulted in settlements in the hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars.

Areas of Practice

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Race Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education

  • University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Second Year Class President
  • Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Secondary Education
  • Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Representative Cases

  • Sanders v. New York State Department of Correctional Services, County of Los Angeles et al.
  • Calonne v. S.C.R.T.D., et al.
  • Brown v. City of Hawthorne
  • Scott v. County of Los Angeles
  • Garcia v. City of Los Angeles
  • Zammit v. City of Los Angeles
  • Slaughter v. Eastwood Owners Association
  • Griffith v. Davis
  • Wadkins v. Hanford Auto Sales, Ford Motor Company, et al.