Larry R. Schmadeka brings over 25 years of substantive litigation and transactional experience in domestic and international matters over a wide range of practice areas, including commercial, intellectual property, products liability, employment, and shipbuilding litigation. He has represented foreign corporations, along with their domestic subsidiaries, from Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Sweden, and Germany in various state and federal courts. Larry has also represented clients in and managed 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 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, employment policies...

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  • Representative Transactions

    Selected Reported Opinions

    • Starpoint USA, Inc. v. Daewoo Motor Co., Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Circuit, No. B234891 (Cal. Ct. App. May 21, 2013) (Upholding trial court order granting defendant’s motion for new trial on case involving right to attorney’s fees on breach of contractual right to indemnity; reversing trial court ruling granting defendant’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict)
    • Republic of Iraq v. ABB AG, 920 F. Supp. 2d 517 (USDC SD NY 2013) (Granting motion to dismiss against plaintiff for claims based upon alleged illicit payments under the United Nations Oil for Food Program), affirmed 768 F.3d 145 (2d Cir. 2014)
    • ITT Manufacturing Enterprises v. Cellco Partnership, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153065 (USDC DE, December 29, 2011) (Claim Construction Rulings in Patent Litigation)
    • Bernal v. Daewoo Motor America, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58918 (USDC AZ, June 2, 2011) and 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166509 (USDC AZ, August 31, 2011) (Various Rulings on Motions for Summary Adjudication, Motions in Limine and other trial issues in Automotive Product Liability case involving catastrophic injury)
    • Korean Am. Broad. Co., v. Korean Broadcasting System, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80210 (USDC ND IL, August 4, 2010) and 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63855 (USDC ND IL, June 9, 2011) (Rulings on motions to dismiss on plaintiff’s first and second amended complaints)
    • Minerva Indus. v. Motorola, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9329 (USDC ED TX, Feb. 3, 2010) (Claim Construction Rulings in Patent Litigation)
    • Angelov v. Wilshire Bancorp, 331 Fed. Appx. 471 (9th Cir. 2009) (Decision upholding in part and reversing in part granting of motion to dismiss claims, including aiding and abetting fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, etc. without leave to amend)
    • Angelov v. Wilshire Bancorp, 2007 Westlaw 2375131 (USDC SD NY 2007) (Ruling on motion to transfer venue)
    • Seung Woo Lee v. Imaging3, Inc., 283 Fed. Appx. 490 (9th Cir. 2008) (Motion for Summary Judgment enforcing Korean Commercial Arbitration Board award pursuant to New York Convention) (Lead attorney for trial court team; supervised appellate team)
    • Mercuro v. Superior Court (Countrywide Securities Corporation), 96 Cal. App. 4th 171 (2002) (Appellate decision regarding enforcement of pre-dispute arbitration agreement to plaintiff’s discrimination and wrongful termination claims)
    • Casey v. Atlantic Richfield Co., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6836 (USDC CD CA, March 29, 2000) (Granting defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs putative class action for pension and welfare benefits coverage under ERISA)
    • Neubauer v. Disneyland, Inc., 875 F. Supp. 672 (USDC CD CA 1995) (Ruling on 12(b)(6) motion challenging common carrier allegations in complaint against amusement park ride operator).
  • Presentations & Teaching Experience
    • Moderator, “Practical Tips for International Arbitration: A Global Perspective,” Orange County Bar Association, International Section, March 2021
    • Moderator, “When Your Deal Becomes Part of US Foreign Policy: Don’t Miss These Critical ‘Must Know’ 2019 Changes In US Law That Could Impact Transnational Deals,” National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), Driving Diversity and Leadership Meeting, February 2020
    • Co-Presenter, “Pitfalls for the Unwary in Dealing with FCPA and U.K. Anti-Bribery Laws,” Orange County Bar Association, International Law Section, February 2019
    • Moderator, “Investigation of an International Scandal and the Pitfalls to Avoid Creating Another One,” NAMWOLF Driving Diversity and Leadership Meeting, February 2019
    • Panelist, “FCPA Challenges in Asia and Latin America,” NAMWOLF Mid-Year Meeting, February 2018
    • Panelist, “What are the Hot Topics in International Law,” NAMWOLF Annual Meeting, September 2016
    • Volunteer Guest American Law Lecturer, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, 2002



Los Angeles




US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

US District Court, Central District of California

US District Court, Northern District of California

US District Court, Southern District of California

US District Court, Eastern District of California


Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1992

Claremont McKenna College, B.A., 1987

Prior Law Firm Experience

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP

LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae LLP

Practice Areas