Gabriel Schaeffer’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and white collar defense in California state court as well as federal courts nationwide. He has represented clients in a variety of civil matters, including professional liability, intellectual property, fraud, employment, and general business litigation. Mr. Schaeffer has broad experience in civil litigation, from drafting the complaint through trial.
In addition, Mr. Schaeffer maintains an active pro bono practice, including obtaining a permanent restraining order on behalf of a victim of domestic violence. Most recently, he participated in Los Angeles County’s Trial Advocacy Project (TAP), a unique program where lawyers receive comprehensive, in-depth trial advocacy training and actual trial experience. Following his training, Mr. Schaeffer served as a deputy city attorney for the Anaheim City Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted multiple jury trials, successfully argued against a variety of motions, and investigated a range of matters.
While in law school, Mr. Schaeffer was named a Robert McKay Scholar and served as a notes editor for the New York University Law Review. Mr. Schaeffer externed at the Legal Aid Society and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He was appointed co-president of the Asia Law Society and was selected as the NYU Unemployment Action Center’s Advocate of the Year.
Mr. Schaeffer is proficient in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. Before law school, he worked for a Beijing-based publishing startup, where he translated three popular Chinese novels into English.
- Representing PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC in a complex business dispute involving the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction.
- Representing ClearOne in a patent infringement action relating to installed audio conferencing technology against Shure.
- Successfully represented one of the nation’s largest specialty staffing companies in arbitration regarding a contractual dispute with its former CEO.
- Conducted a high-profile investigation of a San Diego public agency regarding allegations surrounding a failed ballot measure seeking a tax increase. The final report contained explosive subject matter and resulted in the resignation of the agency’s executive director.