Biography

Anthony “Tony” Schoenberg is chair of our Business Litigation Group. In this role, he is involved in the development of strategy, staffing cases, planning, and collaborating with all the litigators at the firm. He is also responsible for oversight of all the firm’s pro bono litigation.

In his litigation practice, Tony focuses on all aspects of real estate litigation, as well as contractual arbitrations, and trade secret issues. His cases are roughly split between California and federal courts, and his clientele is a mixture of large technology companies, small private companies, and high net worth individuals.

Tony’s approach to disputes is practical-minded. He emphasizes the overriding importance of each client’s strategic objective, which is to get the problem, issue or situation at hand resolved as sensibly as possible. His cases are managed with this in mind—he is sensitive to the number of hours he bills his cases and the attorneys staffed on any particular matter. He knows from experience that trying cases means risk and expense for his client. Accordingly, although Tony is an aggressive, effective, and successful trial attorney who is certainly happy to take a fight to court if he has to, he will seek a better solution if one can be arrived at.  Decades of experience have given Tony a strong sense of the right way to approach each case, including staffing and management, to meet his clients’ objectives.

He’s litigated an exceptionally broad range of matters, much of it related to real estate-related disputes. These have ranged from allegations of fraud arising from an urban real estate project to breach of contract connected to a large agricultural land purchase to arbitration arising from construction of one of the world’s largest solar power plants. Outside of real estate matters, he has also litigated numerous trade secret cases, disputes over software development agreements, and more.

A seasoned, senior and strategic trial lawyer, Tony is valued by his clients for his ability to focus his work on what really matters, and avoid losing sight of the forest for the trees. Nobody actively seeks out litigation—at best, it’s a necessary evil. That being said, Tony’s counsel helps his clients minimize the distraction and expense attendant upon disputes. He is that rarest of creature—a trial attorney who knows firsthand when it’s time to go to court, but also knows when it’s time not to.

Distinctions

  • 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for his court victory representing the City of Sunnyvale in its successful opposition to a Second Amendment challenge.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Former Member, Litigation Section Executive Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Former Director, Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Chair, Immigration Task Force, Bar Association of San Francisco

Firm Highlights

Publication

Eviction Moratorium Updates for California Commercial and Residential Landlords

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a variety of eviction moratoriums have been enacted by the local, state, and federal governments. The California state moratorium has recently been extended and modified, and it...

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NCRC Applauds Administration’s Announced Move To Rescind Disastrous Trump-Era CRA Rule Changes

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced it will propose to rescind its controversial Trump-era rules weakening the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and work with other banking regulators to adopt a clear, strong...

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Nevada Links Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Case Brought by United States

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel successfully defended Nevada Links, Inc., the owner of a championship golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a $100 million lawsuit brought by the United States...

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What Nonprofits Need to Know About Landlord-Tenants Relationships and Insurance

Amy Briggs and Tony Schoenberg discuss "What Nonprofits Need to Know About Landlord-Tenants Relationships and Insurance." Real estate is one of the most significant costs for an exempt organization. Furthermore, the laws governing landlord-tenant...

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Eviction Moratoriums and Commercial Leasing: Current Issues

Farella's Tony Schoenberg and Jonah Trotz with guest speakers Marsha Ramsey and Margaret Duskin of Cushman & Wakefield discuss "Eviction Moratoriums and Commercial Leasing: Current Issues." The pandemic has had wide ranging impacts on...

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Federal Court Rejects Trump Admin’s Effort to Evade Accountability for Unlawfully Gutting Anti-Redlining Protections

San Francisco, CA —  On Friday, January 29, a federal judge rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its unlawful June 2020 rollback of essential Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) anti-redlining protections...

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Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits

Tony Schoenberg discussing "Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits" at the March Nonprofit Education Series. As an owner or tenant, dealing with real estate has been one of the most significant challenges facing nonprofits during...

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Farella Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Americans Against Gun Violence in Ninth Circuit En Banc Appeal

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel has filed an amicus brief on behalf of Americans Against Gun Violence in the Duncan v. Becerra appeal that is pending en banc review in the...

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Landlord-Tenant Dispute Resolution

Farella's Real Estate Webinar Series features Tony Schoenberg discussing "Landlord-Tenant Disputes and Challenges." The laws governing landlord-tenant relationships are complicated. Understanding your rights and legal obligations will help you protect yourself, your rental business, and...

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