Larry R. Schmadeka


Los Angeles, Newport Beach

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Larry R. Schmadeka has over 25 years of substantive litigation and transactional experience in domestic and international matters in a wide range of practice areas, including commercial litigation, intellectual property, products liability, employment, and shipbuilding. 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, Larry has worked with clients in the handling of foreign arbitral matters, including the LMAA, SIAC and ICC. He has also worked with local counsel in the coordination of litigation and transactional matters in various foreign countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Employment Law
Larry’s 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.

International Arbitration & International Law Issues
Larry’s international experience includes being embedded within the legal department of a Korean shipbuilder where he advised, managed and coordinated foreign legal matters, including litigation matters in various arbitral forums and contractual matters involved non-Korean parties and law.

Intellectual Property
Larry’s intellectual property experience includes counseling and assisting clients in perfecting their trademarks and other intellectual property in the United States and abroad. Such counseling also involves strategizing regarding market entry and distribution across various platforms. For example, he has managed legal efforts for foreign franchisors entering the United States, foreign nutraceutical manufacturer, and start-up cosmetic and skincare brands. Additionally, he was represented clients in patent litigation matters relating to mobile communications, cellular telephone systems, and digital audio and/or video players. Larry has also defended trademark infringement claims, breach of patent and licensing agreements, false advertising claims and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets.

Product Liability Litigation
Larry’s experience also includes representing foreign OEM automobile manufacturers and distributors, as well as automobile suppliers, 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 deign to defects in computer components.

He is admitted to practice before the state courts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and each of the United States District Courts located in California (Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California).

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  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1992
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Departmental Honors, 1987

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin (conversant)