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"a brilliant strategist and a relentless advocate.
The client is truly #1 with David."

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"I had the privilege of working with David under what could have been
extremely difficult circumstances but for his ability to recognize and accommodate
the conflicting interests and concerns of a number of involved parties.
He has that rare mix of intelligence and practicality that makes him a pleasure to work with.
I have practiced a long time, and David is one of the finest attorneys I have encountered."

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"Superb in all respects including competence and ethics."

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"...provide superb guidance to clients,
both to avoid litigation and to position them best
in litigation...I have observed [the] depth of knowledge
of their business, clarity in communicating
information and advice... [the] clients have
great trust in [the] advice."

As of June 1, 2018, Scheidemantle Law Group has combined with Lathrop Gage LLP

About the firm

Scheidemantle Law Group P.C. is a boutique law firm comprised of senior lawyers who formerly practiced at large firms and have been inspired by the recognition that clients are best served in a flexible, principles-driven environment that embraces the law as a profession and not as a numbers-driven exercise to increase profits-per-partner. The founding lawyer of the firm was an equity partner of a large global firm before leaving with a vision to provide individualized senior-lawyer expertise to clients who demand not only legal service of the highest quality but also efficiency, practicality, and creativity.

Solving the problems of our clients is our emphasis

Scheidemantle Law Group’s lawyers present a remarkably diverse array of legal expertise, including complex business litigation, commercial contracts and transactions, insurance recovery and counseling, risk management counseling, real estate, sale-of-goods transactions and advice, products liability defense and counseling, construction litigations, toxic tort defense, and class action defense. Yet, the firm’s true emphasis is not a legal practice area but rather a relentlessly driven, highly focused dedication to responding timely and effectively to the immediate needs and problems of our clients.

We adapt to you

The legal professionals at Scheidemantle Law Group pay meticulous attention not merely to procedural rules and legal developments but also to the business of our clients: the impact of the marketplace, their internal and external pressures, their missions, values, and styles, and their preferences. We employ an adaptive approach based on the needs and philosophy of the client and the circumstances at play in the particular matter. In handling disputes, we are equally as comfortable trying cases for clients who steadfastly refuse to settle as we are facilitating prompt resolution for clients with a preference for early compromise. In every instance, we continuously seek creative legal or strategic solutions that will result in the earliest successful outcome.

Proactive innovation: in search of the show-stopper

From the inception of every matter, we seek a tailored solution. Viewing any litigation, transaction, communication, or legal issue as “garden variety” quells and neglects creative thinking. Whatever the issue may be, we strive to craft a solution that no one has thought of to end the problem immediately: the show stopper.

Driven by core principles

  • Integrity
  • Diligence
  • Value
  • Responsiveness
  • Power of Questions
  • Organization
  • Courtesy and Respect
  • Diversity
  • Giving Back
  • Focused Excellence

Dedicated to continuous improvement

We at Scheidemantle Law Group are dedicated to practicing law and conducting business consistent with these principles. We are receptive to feedback from our clients and others on how we may continuously improve and serve client needs in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

In the news


  • David Scheidemantle and Karine Akopchikyan attended the Growth Capital Conference LXVII on January 25, 2018, where they enjoyed discussions with venture capitalists, angel investors, firms seeking capital, and other advisors.
  • David Scheidemantle spoke as a panelist at the Bridgeport 2018 Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference on January 19, 2018, on the topic, “An In-Depth Examination of Class Certification featuring a Close Look at Daubert Considerations.”
  • David Scheidemantle, with colleagues Carla Ford and Franklin Roach, volunteered at the interviewing workshop held on January 11, 2018, by Scripps College at its third annual Emerging Professionals Program.
  • David Scheidemantle was a featured performer, as a violinist, at the 18th Annual Rekindling the Light of Peace Ceremony, a collaboration of the Pasadena Human Relations Commission and the Pasadena MLK Community Coalition, at Pasadena City Hall on January 6, 2018.


  • Karine Akopchikyan joined The Esquire Network.
  • On December 1, 2017, David Scheidemantle was a featured speaker at the Harvard Club in New York City at the Litigation Counsel of America’s Renaissance Symposium. He spoke on the topic of innovative strategies in complex litigation matters.
  • Since September 2017, Karine Akopchikyan has volunteered as an attorney proctor for the Pasadena Teen Court Program at Pasadena High School.
  • In July 2017, David Scheidemantle became a Senior Fellow with Litigation Counsel of America.
  • On July 1, 2017, David Scheidemantle began his second year as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Los Angeles Master Chorale, where he has sat on the Board of Directors since 2015.
  • On June 30, 2017, David Scheidemantle completed a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Scripps Association of Families and Parent Leadership Council, which included service as a Trustee on the Scripps College Board, where he held positions on the Finance, Institutional Advancement, and Student Affairs Committees.
  • In June 2017, David Scheidemantle was contracted to perform with conductor and pianist Grant Gershon and opera singer Catherine Leech at the Opera Meets Violin! salon event on February 24, 2018. Maestro Gershon is the Kiki and David Gindler Artistic Director of Los Angeles Master Chorale and will perform on a piano donated for the event by Pasadena Steinway Piano Galleries. The performance will take place at the home of Mary Blodgett and Carlton Calvin in San Marino, California.