Jonathan Schneller brings a strategic eye to complex litigation, focusing on high-stakes motions and appeals that call for critical analysis and novel arguments. He works with trial teams to generate legal strategies that limit or eliminate his clients’ exposure. He also handles appeals in state and federal courts.
He is currently coordinating legal and appellate strategy in courts across the country for a major multi-jurisdiction mass tort case. In addition to complex product-liability litigation, he has authored winning trial and appellate briefs for O’Melveny clients in class-action, insurance, and employment disputes.
Before rejoining O’Melveny, Jonathan served as a Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles. Specializing in appeals, he repeatedly beat the odds, winning new trials for his clients or vindicating them altogether—in the face of nationwide reversal rates for federal criminal convictions in the single digits.
In his active pro bono practice at O’Melveny, he has crafted arguments on voting rights, Social Security, and immigration cases, as well as authored an amicus brief in the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage decision, Obergefell v. Hodges.
- Harvard Law School, JD; summa cum laude; Editor, Harvard Law Review; First- and Second-Year Sears Prize
- Princeton University, AB, History; cum laude
- Honorable Elena Kagan, Supreme Court of the United States
- Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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