Jonathan P. Schneller


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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. Jonathan’s briefs have been described in the media as “forceful, cogent,” and “passionately written.” 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.


Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for Healthcare: Life Sciences (2020)


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals, Sixth and Ninth Circuits
  • US District Court, Central District of California


  • Harvard Law School, JD: summa cum laude; Editor, Harvard Law Review; First- and Second-Year Sears Prize
  • Princeton University, AB, History: cum laude; National Champion, American Parliamentary Debate Association

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Elena Kagan, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • “The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Administration of Tax Expenditures,” 90 North Carolina L. Rev. 719 (2012)


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association