Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1992; Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Departmental Honors, 1987.
Los Angeles Office
Orange County Office
Mr. Schmadeka has over 20 years of substantive litigation and transactional experience in domestic and international matters in a wide range of practice areas, including shipbuilding, intellectual property, products liability, employment, and commercial litigation involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, and violations of state or federal statutes. In his career, he has represented corporations from various foreign nations, such as Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, and Germany, and their domestic affiliates in state and federal courts in California, as well as other venues within the United States. Additionally, Mr. Schmadeka has worked with clients in foreign arbitrations in England, Singapore, and Paris before various arbitral bodies, including the LMAA, SIAC and ICC. He has also worked with local counsel in the coordination of litigation and transactional matters in foreign countries, such as Korea, Singapore, England, Germany, Italy, Cyprus, Libya, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.
Mr. Schmadeka currently advises, manages and coordinates foreign litigation matters in various arbitral forums on behalf of a Korean shipbuilder. Such work involves breach of contract, warranty and/or other commercial disputes with shipbuyers and sub-contractors. He also advises on and works with local foreign counsel on various and pre-litigation matters involving ship construction, warranties, shipbuilding negotiations, drafting of addendums to shipbuilding contracts, finance documentation and vendor agreements.
Mr. Schmadeka’s patent litigation experience includes the defense of foreign-based, global enterprises in matters relating to mobile communications, cellular telephone systems, and digital audio and/or video players. Additionally, his extensive experience includes defending trademark infringement claims, breach of patent and licensing agreements, false advertising claims and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets. His IP experience extends to counseling clients on strategy and planning in pre-litigation and transactional matters.
Mr. Schmadeka’s experience includes representing large, foreign automobile manufacturers and distributors in product liability actions, including single and multi-party litigation, involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death. He has successfully defended allegations of defects in roof strength, safety restraints, air bag systems, interior padding, fuel systems, vehicle stability, seat-back strength, window glazing, tire defects and numerous other areas related to vehicle crashworthiness. His products liability experience also includes defending industrial chemical product manufacturers against claims by individuals of severe illness caused by their products, as well as manufacturers in commercial warranty cases ranging from alleged defects in trailer axle design to defects in computer components.
Additionally, Mr. Schmadeka’s trial experience includes defending small to large, domestic and foreign-based employers in single, multi-party and class actions matters involving wage and hour, wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment claims in state and federal courts and arbitral forums. He also has extensive experience in advising employers, including Korean and Chinese-owned enterprises, on employment practices involving wage and hour issues, classification of independent contractors, employment policies, employee training, and issues involving trade secrets, confidentiality and intellectual property. He also regularly provides training seminars to clients regarding employment law issues.
Mr. Schmadeka has utilized his wide-ranging experience in multiple disciplines, forums and with local and global clients, to manage adverse publicity by creating effective public relations strategies for his clients.
Mr. Schmadeka serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Governors for the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont-McKenna College. He is admitted to practice before the state courts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Courts and Central and Eastern Districts of California.