Sandra M. Schwarzmann

Practice Areas

Civil litigation

Background and Experience

Sandra Schwarzmann is a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Santa Ana. Ms. Schwarzmann represents the City in civil litigation. She joined the City in March 2014 after 17 years of private litigation practice.

While in private practice, Ms. Schwarzmann represented the cities of Yorba Linda, Azusa, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Claremont, and the Santa Maria Water District, among other public entities. She has litigated contract disputes, real estate issues, personal injury cases, construction defect matters, and multi-million dollar property damage cases.

Ms. Schwarzmann's trial experience includes jury trials and bench trials.   Ms. Schwarzmann successfully defended a police officer in a bench trial against alleged civil rights violation.

Additionally, Ms. Schwarzmann has valuable appellate experience having written numerous successful appeals to federal appellate courts and the California Supreme Court.  She has also argued a case involving a landlord’s liability when leasing to an illegal marijuana dispensary before the California Court of Appeal for the 4th District, Division 3.

Professional Affiliations

Ms. Schwarzmann is admitted to practice law in California, in the United States District Courts of the Central and Southern Districts as well as before the United States of Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Education

Ms. Schwarzmann received her J.D. from Berkeley School of Law, University of California in 1996. While in law school, she was the Symposium Editor for the La Raza Law Journal and hosted a two-day symposium entitled, "Housing Injustice." The following year, Ms. Schwarzmann was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the La Raza Law Journal. During law school, she was a summer extern for the Honorable Arthur Gilbert, Justice of the Second Appellate District, Division 6. Ms. Schwarzmann obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993.