Douglas A. Schenck


Newport Beach, CA





Douglas A. Schenck is a native Southern Californian having been born and raised in Arcadia, California. Mr. Schenck is an experienced litigator who has tried, arbitrated or mediated hundreds of cases across the state of California. He has also litigated cases in Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and New York. Mr. Schenck began his legal career as an insurance defense attorney with a midsize firm in downtown Los Angeles. He then worked for a large national law firm in both Los Angeles and Orange County where he defended catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases as well as large loss property casualty claims. During this tenure, Mr. Schenck handled some of the largest cases in California.

Experience is cumulative. From this extensive background in defending insurance companies and their insureds and appearing literally thousands of times in depositions, mediations, arbitrations and trial, Mr. Schenck brings a vast knowledge and intangible wealth of resources to every case he takes on.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Schenck spent 8 years as a successful commercial real estate broker with Grubb & Ellis Company handling the sales and leasing of industrial, commercial and investment properties. He attended the University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance in 1987. He received his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in 1998. In his first year of law school, Mr. Schenck was named Best Oralist Alternate in the 1995-96 Intramural Moot Court Competition. In his third year, Mr. Schenck was awarded Second Place in the 1997-98 I.H. Prinzmetal National Writing Competition for his published article concerning the Post-Romero California Three Strikes legislation.

Mr. Schenck is a member of the California State Bar; the United States Supreme Court; the United States District Court for the Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California; the American Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; Beverly Hills Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association; Orange County Trial Lawyers Association; the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Areas of Practice

  • General Civil Litigation Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Brain Injury
  • Birth Injury
  • Auto Accidents and Fatalities
  • Trucking and Common Carrier Accidents
  • Sexual and Physical Assaults
  • Construction Accidents and Fatalities
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Subrogation
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • First Party Property Claims
  • DUI Defense
  • Drug Possession and Distribution
  • Domestic Violence and Assaults

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California


  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: Member, Phi Delta Phi
    • Honors: Best Oralist Alternate, Intramural Moot Court Competition, 1995 - 1996
    • Honors: Second Place, I.H. Prinzmetal National Writing Competition, 1997 - 1998
    • Honors: Awardee, American Jurisprudence Award for Scholastic Excellence
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.S. - With Highest Honors - 1987
    • Honors: Member, Dean's List Honor Roll
    • Major: Business Administration - Finance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lawyers of Distinction Recognizing Excellence in Personal Injury Law – 2020
  • Annual List of America's Top Attorneys - 2020
  • California State Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Newport Harbor Bar Association
  • Distinguished Lawyers, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Grubb & Ellis Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate Broker
  • Honorable Leon Kaplan, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Children's Hospital
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • City of Hope
  • Goodwill Charities
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Surfrider Foundation Clean Up The Beach Campaign
  • Meals on Wheels-Orange County
  • Sons of American Legion