Al Schallau's Biography

AL SCHALLAU was born and raised in Iowa, and graduated from Iowa City High School in 1960. He is the fourth of seven children, all of whom graduated from college. He is married to Carol Schallau and they are the parents of three sons and five daughters, who range in age from 26 years to 41 years.


Undergrad School: B. A., University of Iowa, 1964
Law School: J. D., University of Southern California, 1968

Admitted to the State Bar of California on January 9, 1969. Also admitted to practice before the U. S. District Courts, and the Ninth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals.

AL SCHALLAU has been a very active civil litigation attorney since 1969, specializing in severe injury personal injury cases and wrongful death cases representing plaintiffs. All plaintiffs' cases are handled on contingent fee retainer agreements by which the client pays nothing if the case is not won or settled.


AL SCHALLAU has over 40 years experience in handling vehicle accident cases involving personal injuries. Since 1972, he has handled dozens of products liability cases representing plaintiffs who suffered severe injuries (particularly amputations) while operating dangerous industrial machinery.

AL SCHALLAU is an expert in handling cases involving U-Haul trailer accidents and other accidents caused by trailers that swung out of control on streets and highways.

AL SCHALLAU has handled legal malpractice cases representing plaintiffs since 1982, and has handled appeals on civil cases (representing appellants and respondents) since 1972.


From 1979 through 1981, AL SCHALLAU was the Editor of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association's monthly law journal THE ADVOCATE, and served on the Board of Governors of LATLA for four years. He has authored many articles that were published in various law journals in California and other states.

In 1994, the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association awarded AL SCHALLAU the "Ted Horn Memorial Award" which is its highest honor for career achievement.

In 1984 and 1985, the California Trial Lawyers Association hired AL SCHALLAU as an Amicus Curiae brief drafter, and he thereafter wrote appeal briefs that were filed in the California Supreme Court on some very important cases. He has drafted over 200 appeal briefs in his career.

In 1986 and 1987, the California Trial Lawyers Association hired AL SCHALLAU as its Chief Legislative Advocate in the drafting of the California Civil Discovery Act, which was enacted into law as Code of Civil Procedure Sections 2016 through 2036. It is the governing law of California on pre-trial discovery in civil cases.

After the passage of the Civil Discovery Act of 1986, AL SCHALLAU served as Seminar Chairman and author of the Syllabus Materials for the California Trial Lawyers Association's series of five teaching seminars concerning the Discovery Act, that were held in San Diego, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Sacramento, and San Francisco.

AL SCHALLAU has been a speaker and author of syllabus materials at numerous trial lawyer seminars in California and Nevada since 1974, usually speaking on subjects of handling products liability cases and civil appeals.


In 1987, AL SCHALLAU and Santa Monica attorney Bruce Broillet co-authored a chapter on Products Liability Litigation, that was published in a treatise by Matthew Bender Publishing Company.

In 1994, AL SCHALLAU authored a manual entitled "California Litigation Techniques: Law and Motion", that was published by Bancroft-Whitney Publishing Co."

In 1992, AL SCHALLAU served as Program Chairman and Speaker at the California Trial Lawyers Association's "Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Law and Motion" held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.


In 1975, Al Schallau founded D J S ENTERPRISES, which provides lists of past cases in which frequently-used insurance defense doctors and forensic experts have testified in court. The D J S "Defense Doctor Profiles" have been purchased and used by plaintiffs' trial lawyers in cross-examining insurance defense doctors from 1975 to the present.

In 1981, AL SCHALLAU founded JURY TRIAL PUBLICATIONS, which is a publishing company that sells pre-drafted trial briefs, jury instructions, motions in limine, motions for new trial, and products liability discovery materials for use by plaintiffs' trial lawyers. Those items have been purchased and used by over 2,500 lawyers in California from 1981 to the present.


From 1985 to the present, AL SCHALLAU has been hired and testified as an expert witness in depositions and in courtrooms in numerous legal malpractice cases involving the handling or mishandling of civil litigation cases. He has testified on the plaintiff's side and on the defense side in malpractice cases.

In the summer of 2000, AL SCHALLAU completed the Straus Institute's 42-hour program on "Mediating the Litigated Case" at the Pepperdine University School of Law. Thereafter, he served as an unpaid volunteer mediator on 56 cases filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court. In 2002, he was appointed as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court's "Early Mandatory Mediation Pilot Program". He remains active as a retained private mediator.

In March, 2006, AL SCHALLAU served as Program Moderator and as a Speaker on the "Mediation Panel" at the CAOC Lake Tahoe Seminar. He authored an article entitled "Always Select a Trained Mediator" which was included in the syllabus materials for that seminar.

AL SCHALLAU can be reached by phone at (310) 541-0375 or by email at