After 15 years of distinguished service for the Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Schnegg retired in 2014 and is available to serve as a mediator, arbitrator, and private judge. During her last 2 1/2 years on the bench, she sat in a dedicated settlement department in Santa Monica where she mediated over 2,000 cases involving almost every type of civil dispute. During this time, she also mediated in the Court's CRASH Personal Injury, Business, and Employment Programs.
Prior to becoming a judge, she represented plaintiffs and defendants for over 23 years in a general civil litigation firm. While in practice she was involved with many bar associations and was President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA). As a judge, she remained active in these bar groups and more while serving on many court committees.
Judge Schnegg is praised for her dedication to settling cases. She is known for her unwavering work ethic, often suggesting to the parties to come back for another session of mediation on her personal time whether it is at night or over the weekend. One attorney said, "I have settled several cases with Judge Schnegg and each time she has been very enjoyable to work with, sharp with the legal issues, and reasonable and warm with me and my clients."
Judge Schnegg is an Aviation aficionado. She has logged over 700 navigator hours in Cessna 172 RG and P210 model planes. While serving as Vice President of the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) she oversaw the revamping of airport concessions and renovation of airport facilities, supervised ligation (Airlines vs. LAWA) over the increase landing fees and oversaw the construction of the new Ontario Airport. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. William Oppenheim and her daughter Jennifer.
"Judge Schnegg was terrific and able to settle a difficult case with many moving parts."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury case
"I'm extremely impressed with Judge Schnegg as a case evaluator and mediator"
- Attorney on a Property Damage Dispute
"She got our bottom line and pushed for it. This can hamstring flexibility."
- Attorney on an employment discrimination dispute
"Judge Schnegg was amazing. She was especially great with my client in a sensitive Plaintiff’s matter. I appreciate her hard work getting a very difficult case resolved."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Sexual Assault case
"Judge Schnegg was excellent at evaluating the issues in the case, as well as the settlement value."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Slip and Fall Matter
"She understood the issues and pressed each side where weaknesses existed."
- Attorney on a Construction Defect Dispute
"Very direct and effective. An immediate asset in resolving my client’s case."
- Attorney on a personal injury auto dispute
"Judge Schnegg was phenomenal and the case would not have settled without her. She had a phenomenal understanding of the facts, alleged damages, costs moving forward if the case did not settle, and potential issues if the case proceeded to trial. Her knowledge and candor were invaluable in the negotiation process. This is my first mediation with Judge Schnegg, but will not be my last. Would highly recommend Judge Schnegg, especially when dealing with difficult cases."
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