Jonathan P. Schneller


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Jonathan Schneller brings a strategic eye to complex litigation, focusing on cases that call for critical analysis and novel theories. 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. Jonathan also has extensive experience handling litigation and investigations by state Attorneys General.

Some of Jonathan’s current and recent matters include:

  • Representing an insurer against a false-claims lawsuit by the US Department of Justice involving the interpretation of complex federal regulations.
  • Representing a major utility in mass-tort litigation by individual, business, and governmental plaintiffs.
  • Representing an auto manufacturer in Attorney General investigations and personal-injury actions.
  • Representing a technology company in a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of school districts.
  • Representing a financial services company in a privacy class action.

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

  • Recognized by Bloomberg Law as one of the "40 Under 40" class nominees for Mass Torts (2021)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (2021) and Consumer Products (2021)
  • 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