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.
"This was a complicated matter as it involved 2 cases arising from an industrial
accident. She had a good understanding of the 1) crop loss 2) personal injury claim and 3) insurance issues."
- Attorney on an environmental personal injury dispute
"Very direct and effective. An immediate asset in resolving my client’s case."
- Attorney on a personal injury auto dispute
"She picks up on issues quickly and had thoroughly reviewed the submissions and had a solid understanding at the outset, all of which was very helpful."
- Attorney on a Toxic Tort Dispute
"She understood the issues and pressed each side where weaknesses existed."
- Attorney on a Construction Defect Dispute
"She got our bottom line and pushed for it. This can hamstring flexibility."
- Attorney on an employment discrimination dispute
"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
"Judge Schnegg understood the obvious weaknesses of plaintiffs' case and worked hard to convince plaintiffs to settle at a low amount because of those weaknesses. Judge Schnegg also used time very efficiently considering that this was a half day mediation,"
- Attorney on a Pr4ofessional Legal Malpractice Matter
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