Justin Schnitzler



California and all United States District Courts (CA)


 UC-Davis, B.A., J.D.


Contra Costa County Bar Litigation Section:

Board Member; Chair 2016-2018

California Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013, 2014, 2015.

California Super Lawyer 2019

Justin is a litigation partner at RHHS and his practice is widespread in his representation of corporate and private clients in all stages of complex commercial and real estate litigation. Justin additionally works closely with his clients in risk management, pre-litigation counseling, and related negotiations and resolutions.

Justin’s recent representative matters include:

  • Prosecution of fraud and security violation claims related to the EB-5 visa program to address the misuse/theft of millions of dollars of immigrant investor funds by unqualified individuals and purported regional centers that falsely represent their ability to manage or create qualified investments.

  • Defense of court-appointed receiver against third party challenges to management and rehabilitation of a $500 million distressed asset in a Silicon Valley redevelopment project.

  • Grant of summary judgment for enforcement of settlement agreement with ruling affirmed on appeal with published decision from the First District Court of Appeal.

  • Prosecuted claims of trade secret misappropriation against out-of-state company seeking to improperly enter local market through hiring of employees willing to divest confidential information.

  • Defense of claims of trade secret misappropriation including through successful challenges to Plaintiff’s 2019.210 designations

  • Successful three-week jury trial for breach of exclusive output and services contract.

  • Pre-litigation resolution efforts for international company against large American manufacturer for breach of a procurement services agreement.

  • Defended corporate directors in shareholder derivative litigation based on alleged looting and corporate mismanagement.

  • Resolution of multiple lawsuits through dispositive motions involving extensive claims by common interest developments against apartment complex sellers for strict liability, violation of governing documents, and breach of equitable servitudes.

  • Pre-litigation negotiation and resolution of asserted breaches of various commercial real property and telecom leases.

  • Litigation of declaratory relief action regarding the enforceability of a price participation agreement against developer acquiring subdivision through foreclosure.

  • Achieved numerous favorable resolutions for commercial property owners in pursuing lease related actions for both possession and damages, including additional recoveries against associated guarantors.

Justin is a long-time board member for the Contra Costa County litigation section and was the section’s chair from 2016 - 2018.

Prior to joining RHHS in 2012, Justin spent many years in the business and technology practice groups for two large and well known regional firms.