JACOB D. FLESHER - Shareholder
Mr. Flesher began his career as a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura (CA) County. While in Ventura, Mr. Flesher tried numerous criminal matters to verdict. In 2001, he joined his mentor and began trying and litigating civil cases, which he has done ever since. Mr. Flesher has successfully tried more than 40 cases to verdict in federal and state courts in California and Nevada, ultimately focusing on high-exposure cases and matters of first impression for large national and international companies. He has also been sought out by media for his comment on legal matters. Mr. Flesher is an Associate Member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Mr. Flesher represents railroads, property owners, small businesses, software companies, professionals, non-profit corporations, individuals and insurance carriers. He has defended sexual harassment, retaliation, whistle blower, ADA, wage and hour, defamation and breach of contract disputes in the employment arena. He co-tried the first Tameny case ever tried against a railroad company in California. He also specializes in transportation tort litigation including matters brought under the Federal Employers' Liability Act, railroad crossing accidents, and trespasser incidents. He serves as the general counsel to a Napa Valley business and a Bay Area software company, and has advised both regarding numerous employment and general litigation matters.
Mr. Flesher received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996. He received his Juris Doctor with an emphasis in advocacy from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 2000. He's been admitted to practice law in California, all federal courts in California including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has served as a judge pro tem in El Dorado County, California.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Flesher has served as an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater, McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Flesher has served as the President for the Barristers' Club of Sacramento and President of the El Dorado Hills Little League. He currently serves as a Board Member for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation.
Mr. Flesher is rated A-V by Martindale-Hubbell, which he earned after only four years of practice. He is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and served as the Pacific Region Vice-President of that organization.
Some of Mr. Flesher's notable cases include:
· Jackson v. Union Pacific Railroad Company (Placer County, CA) -- Tameny claim alleging wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
· Koller v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rwy Co. (US District Court) -- Third-party assault on railroad property.
· Hodson v. BNSF Rwy Co. (San Joaquin County, CA)--First CA trial alleging injury as a result of vibration exposure from rail equipment.
· Haut v. Union Pacific Railroad Company (Placer County, CA) -- Federal Employers' Liability Act trial.
· Middleton v. BNSF Rwy Co. (San Joaquin County, CA) -- Train v. Train collision Federal Employers' Liability Act trial.
· Cook v. Union Pacific Railroad Company (Washoe County, NV) -- Traumatic brain injury trial.
· Hansen v. CA State Railroad Museum Foundation (Arbitration Sacramento County) -- Tameny claim alleging fraud and wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
JASON W. SCHAFF - Shareholder
Mr. Schaff represents businesses, employers and injured individuals in all aspects of civil litigation. He has tried high-exposure matters to verdict in both state and federal courts throughout California. He has handled employment matters, professional liability claims, officers and director disputes, and catastrophic personal injury cases. Mr. Schaff brings a unique background to the Firm as a prior claims adjuster with a large insurance company.
Mr. Schaff is admitted to practice law in California and all federal district courts in California. He has been named a Rising Star in the Northern California Super Lawyers for the last seven years and was named recognized as among the Best of the Bar by the Sacramento Business Journal in 2013.
In addition to his work at Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Mr. Schaff has been an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law for the last ten years. Mr. Schaff graduated as Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers from McGeorge in 2006. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1999.
Mr. Schaff a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and is a past President of the Barristers' Club of Sacramento and recently helped establish a diversity pipeline program for at-risk students at a local high school, which is now modeled by similar programs across the country.
Some of Mr. Schaff's notable cases include:
· Solis v. Couturier (Eastern District of California) -- Defended an ERISA fiduciary and his law firm against claims brought by the US Secretary of Labor and ERISA beneficiaries alleging a $35 million-dollar diversion of corporate assets through a buyout of deferred compensation agreements.
· Condensa v. MBV Law (County of San Francisco) -- Defended a law firm against claims brought by the former shareholders of a Silicon Valley software company who lost millions of dollars in earn outs following a merger with, and subsequent bankruptcy of, a successor corporation.
· McTimmonds v. Alcohol & Drug Testing Services (Eastern District of California) -- Defended a drug testing company that completes random drug testing of railroad employees against claims of invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress.
· Sidhu v. Frank-Lin Industries (County of Santa Clara) -- Defended Union Pacific in a FELA action brought by a brakeman who was degloved after his hand became trapped between an industry gate and tanker car.
· Ramirez v. BNSF Railway Company (Eastern District of California) -- Defended BNSF against claim brought by parents of 18-year old decedent who was killed at a crossing while texting in her vehicle.
JEREMY J. SCHROEDER - Shareholder
Mr. Schroeder brings his broad experience to bear for the clients of Flesher Schaff & Schroeder in areas including business disputes, personal injury defense and prosecution, public entity defense and railroad transportation litigation. During his legal career, Mr. Schroeder has gained experience in varied areas of litigation, and among diverse industries, including automobile liability, wrongful death, collection actions, law enforcement defense, mechanic's lien law, personal injury, ADA defense, government tort liability, public employee defense, railroad FELA and asbestos defense, plaintiff's personal injury and many other areas of litigation practice. Additionally, he has experience in workers' compensation defense and subrogation recovery for employers. Mr. Schroeder has enjoyed a truly diverse practice in civil litigation and trial practice.
Born in Sacramento, California, he completed his undergraduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1999, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, going on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2002. While in San Diego, Mr. Schroeder worked in the litigation management department of a major computer technology company, assisting in the management of large scale internal investigations initiated by Federal regulatory action and related securities class action matters.
In 2002, Mr. Schroeder joined the Southern San Joaquin Valley firm of Clifford & Brown, where he gained invaluable experience in the courtroom under the tutelage of experienced trial advocates. He left as a partner in the firm in 2012 to move closer to family in Northern California. Mr. Schroeder spent a year with the Roseville firm of Coleman Chavez & Associates, representing employers in civil subrogation and workers' compensation related matters.
Mr. Schroeder joined the firm of Flesher McKague LLP in 2013, bringing to the firm his broad based civil litigation experience, including both tort and business matters on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. In December 2015, Mr. Schroeder joined Jake Flesher and Jason Schaff to form Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc. As Managing Partner of Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Mr. Schroeder is committed to bringing the Firm's broad experience base, and focus on treating every case as one which will find its way to a jury, to bear for each of its clients.
Some of Mr. Schroeder's successes include:
· Abrego v. Bakersfield Police Department (Kern County, CA) -- 42 U.S.C. 1983 case alleging excessive force by use of K-9 -- defense verdict at trial.
· Transnation v. Disney (Los Angeles County, CA) -- alleging mortgage lending fraud / negligence -- defense verdict at trial.
· Rufus v. BNSF Railway Company (Kern County, CA) -- FELA case alleging negligence -- Summary Adjudication on per se negligence for alleged state safety statute violation, defense verdict at trial.
· Terrin v. BNSF Railway Company (San Diego County, CA) -- railroad crossing pedestrian fatality wrongful death -- Summary Judgment for defense.
· Gonzalez v. Union Pacific Railroad Company (Fresno County, CA) -- multiple fatality wrongful death railroad crossing collision – defense verdict at trial.
Mr. Schroeder is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of California, with a successful track record of civil jury and bench trials. He is rated B-V Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell.
BLAIR E. SWADLEY - ASSOCIATE
Ms. Swadley joined Flesher Schaff & Schroeder as an associate attorney in May of 2016. She brings to the firm a solid background in the defense of litigants, having first worked as a claims adjuster for a major insurance company, and then as a defense attorney representing policyholders in a broad variety of personal injury lawsuits. She has practical experience beyond her years of practice, from defending and taking depositions, to extensive law and motion work.
Ms. Swadley graduated with distinction from McGeorge School of Law in December 2014. During law school, Ms. Swadley clerked for the El Dorado County Superior Court, gaining invaluable experience performing legal research in the civil and criminal divisions. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies from the University of Missouri - Columbia. Ms. Swadley is admitted to practice in California and in the United States District Courts in California.
NAISHA COVARRUBIAS - OF COUNSEL
Ms. Covarrubias specializes in the representation of business and public entities defending employment, general liability / personal injury, construction defect, product liability, premises liability, and professional liability claims. Her practice includes a wide range of labor and employment issues which include the defense of whistleblower, wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination claims, along with issues related to collective bargaining and discipline processes under the Railway Labor Act and other labor and employment issues.
She has contract and commercial litigation experience, in addition to experience in defending claims involving grade crossing and trespasser incidents for railroad corporations. Ms. Covarrubias has also represented multiple public entities against claims asserted under the California Tort Claims Act, Government Code section 830, et seq.
Ms. Covarrubias is a 2005 graduate of McGeorge School of Law, and joined the firm of Flesher McKague LLP in 2013 as a Senior Associate. She returned to the team in 2016 as Of Counsel after welcoming her son in the Spring.
Ms. Covarrubias is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of California, with a successful track record of civil jury and bench trials. She is also licensed to practice in Nevada and Texas.