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May 1, 2024

Hon. Robert A. Schnider, Ret.

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Judge Robert Schnider retired in 2008 after spending nearly three decades assigned to the court’s Family Law Department in the Central District. One of the state’s most experienced Family Law jurists, Judge Schnider regularly made rulings in high-profile custody, paternity and other disputes involving celebrities such as Michael Jackson, David Hasselhoff, Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, and Anna Nicole Smith. He has handled thousands of settlement conferences during the course of his career.

Judge Schnider began his career on the bench in 1981 as a Superior Court Commissioner assigned to the Family Law Department. He became a judge in 2002 and continued to handle Family Law cases until his retirement. He was Supervising Judge of the Superior Court’s Family Law Departments from 2005-2008 and most recently served in the Family Law trial department. From 1971-1975, Judge Schnider practiced family law in a partnership with his father, Jack Schnider, with offices in Santa Monica. He continued as a sole practitioner from 1975-1981 after his father’s death. He became a Certified Family Law Specialist from the start of certification.

A highly-respected expert in his field, Judge Schnider is the author of numerous Family Law articles in legal publications. He has lectured at the Superior Court Family Law Symposium since 1982 and has served as a frequent speaker and trainer at numerous CEB, bar association, and CJER programs. 310-284-8224


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