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301 North Lake Ave.
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Pasadena, CA 91101


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    Peter E. Schnaitman



    Peter Schnaitman is a shareholder with Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. Before joining Hunt Ortmann, Peter Schnaitman practiced with various firms and had his own practice as well.  For many years, Mr. Schnaitman served as primary counsel for a manufacturing company. In that capacity, Mr. Schnaitman litigated a variety of matters, directing and overseeing the work of various local counsel, and also provided core legal support counseling to the company on contracting, bidding, employment, intellectual property, technology, supply-chain issues, pre-suit claim handling, insurance and matters involving federal and state regulatory compliance. 

    Mr. Schnaitman has represented universities, public entities, telecommunications firms, drug companies, religious organizations, automotive companies, hospitals, chemical companies, product manufacturers and various Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of legal matters. Mr. Schnaitman has extensive experience structuring and drafting commercial agreements and other contractual arrangements. Mr. Schnaitman’s experience has provided him with the ability to quickly and effectively analyze legal issues and prepare a course of effective and efficient resolution.  His representative matters have involved litigation in forums throughout the country and have included multi-district litigations and coordinated and class proceedings through trial, verdict, and appeal.

    Mr. Schnaitman is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of California and Ohio.


    • Successfully represented homeowners in a property line, hedge, fence, security camera dispute.
    • Successfully represented a developer in an arbitration to defend a claim by a subcontractor for the recovery of extra work due to an alleged differing site conditions.
    • Successfully represented an insured in an insurance coverage action to obtain a summary judgment ruling that the insurer owed a duty of defense of an underlying claim.
    • Obtained a favorable decision in an arbitration about theft of trade secrets with an award and recovery of prevailing party attorney’s fees.
    • Obtained prejudgment relief leading to a recovery of outstanding funds due from a promissory note.
    • Represented various subcontractors in a multi-party dispute arising from a project stopped due to the property owner’s financial problems with a negotiated resolution of claims after successful pretrial rulings on motions.