Jason Schaff Wins Defense Verdict

Shareholder Jason Schaff recently partnered up with in-house counsel for Union Pacific, Melissa Sandoval, to secure another complete defense verdict, this time in a Hayward courtroom in Alameda County. This is the same venue that a jury recently awarded over $2 billion to an injured person. In this case, the plaintiff claimed a Union Pacific train appeared out of nowhere in public crossing as it shoved two railcars out of a nearby chocolate factory into his car, causing him serious injury. Luckily, the plaintiff survived the collision, but required surgery. The vehicle he was driving was completely destroyed.

Plaintiff last demanded $300,000 before trial.  He asked the jury award him an amount to “send a message” to Union Pacific.

After just three hours of deliberation, the jury returned its verdict and exonerated Union Pacific of all liability. Flesher Schaff & Schroeder was honored to work hand-in-hand with Union Pacific’s in-house team. The firm is especially grateful of the opportunity to work with Melissa Sandoval, a former trial competition team member at Pacific McGeorge School of Law where Mr. Flesher and Mr. Schaff both worked as adjunct professors.

FSS Supports McGeorge Mock Trial at Top Gun in Texas

Flesher Schaff & Schroeder is proud to support Simone in her quest to be Top Gun. In addition to Jason Schaff, two more of the firm’s trial attorneys are alums of the McGeorge Trial Competition Team -- Jake Flesher and Nicole Low. McGeorge’s Trial Advocacy Department is one of the best in the country, and FSS is always happy to partner with it. Good luck this week, Simone!


Shareholders Flesher and Schaff Obtain Favorable Jury Verdict

Shareholders Jacob Flesher and Jason Schaff obtained a favorable verdict for their client in a three-week jury trial in Fresno. Even though the client admitted liability, the jury refused to award the Plaintiff any future wage loss, a claim that exceeded $2 million. In pretrial motions, Mr. Schaff convinced the court that plaintiff’s economist used an illegal method to calculate damages, resulting in a $250,000 benefit to our client. The final verdict, $510,000, fell significantly below Plaintiff’s request of more than $5 million in damages and below the last offer made by the client before trial.

FSS Welcomes Associate Attorney Nicole Low to the Team.

We are growing again. Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Nicole Low as an Associate Attorney. Originally from the Central Valley, Nicole completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Northridge, followed by law school at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. In law school she excelled in trial advocacy under the guidance of Mr. Schaff, and was selected as a member of McGeorge’s nationally ranked Trial Advocacy Team. Nicole was one of ten students inducted into The Order of Barristers in recognition of her outstanding trial advocacy skills and was admitted to the Traynor Honors Society.

In addition, Nicole was recognized by her peers for leadership when she was elected as Student Bar Association president. As SBA president, she represented McGeorge at a variety of functions, and had the sometimes challenging task of acting as the liaison between faculty, staff, and students. Nicole also participated in the McGeorge Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic, where she gained experience in alternative dispute resolution and successfully helped mediate 100% of her 28 U.S.C. Section 1983 cases to resolution alongside United States Magistrate Judges Newman and Kellison.

She previously clerked at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, where she conducted several court proceedings, managed her own caseload, and negotiated pleas. And, immediately before joining FSS, Nicole began her civil litigation career as an attorney focusing on labor and employment matters. We are excited to bring Nicole’s trial advocacy skills to bear on our litigated cases.

FSS Secures Regulatory Win for Railroad Client

FSS recently helped secure an order from the California Public Utilities Commission granting FSS’s client the right to build a third railroad track in the City of Santa Fe Springs, California. The order resolves an important piece of the construction of the overall grade separation project in the City of Santa Fe Springs.

“I’m very honored that FSS was able to play a part in helping our client navigate this administrative process so they could get this grade separation project moving forward,” Shareholder Jacob D. Flesher said. “We are also grateful for the thoughtful consideration the Safety and Enforcement Division and the entire CPUC gave to this project.”

The order successfully concludes over a year of litigation in the CPUC’s administrative law courts.