My name is Paul Schroeder. I have been practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996. I have worked as a partner and an associate at a variety of law firms. On March 1, 2014, I left my prior firm, where I was a shareholder, to start my own office. I left so I could provide my clients with more personalized service at reasonable rates. My goal with any matter, whether litigated or non-litigated, is to resolve it as quickly and efficiently as possible. While my office is in the Bay Area, I handle litigated and non-litigated matters around the country and around the world, regularly supervising counsel in other states and countries on behalf of my clients, including, Norway, South Korea, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Bolivia and others. I am available to my clients at all hours, whether I am in my office, at home, or on the road for business or pleasure.
I typically provide a free initial consultation over the phone to triage a new matter. This allows me to evaluate a potential client’s issues quickly and to determine if a lawyer is needed, if I am the right lawyer and to provide a referral if I think one of my colleagues is a better fit for any particular client.
I have developed a solid reputation over the past two decades for dedicated service to my clients and for successful resolution of their matters. I achieve this by listening to my clients to understand their goals and needs. In litigated matters, I advocate strongly for my clients, while trying to avoid picking unnecessary (and often costly) fights. In non-litigated matters, I get the best deal for my clients, while recognizing that when a business deal is involved, both parties need to be satisfied with the agreement. My job is to try and foster a deal, not be a roadblock to clients achieving their goals.
I provide ongoing preventative guidance and legal direction to individuals and businesses. I spend a lot of time thinking about my client’s matters; whether how to order discovery or motion work in a litigated matter to achieve the best result, and get a case resolved quickly or how to write a contract to ensure my client’s needs are protected and we are in a good position if the relationship falls apart.
Prevention often proves to be far less costly than waiting for things to go wrong and dealing with the consequences. At least half of what I do for my clients is helping them avoid unnecessary fights with unnecessary costs. Ideally, I work with my clients proactively before matters reach the point where litigation is necessary. We do this by discussing their contracts, and business practices and often reforming them. I look at clients’ insurance programs to make sure they have appropriate coverage. I also frequently refer my clients to other professionals to help them grow their business. Even in litigated matters, I take a big picture view and try and work with my clients to avoid future litigation and to position them for success if future litigation is unavoidable.
Personally, I graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1995. I graduated from the University of California in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I live in San Ramon with my wife and daughter. I enjoy cycling, travel, cooking, wine, and cheering on the Cal Bears, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, and Kansas City Chiefs.
If you are looking for an attorney who has a solid background in litigation, contracts, commercial and business law and construction/development representation, I would be happy to speak with you. Schedule an initial consultation with my office to find out more.