Sanjay S. Schmidt

Sanjay S. Schmidt has a longstanding commitment to fighting for people whose constitutional rights have been violated or who have been wrongly injured by the careless, reckless, or intentional conduct of others. He was selected as a Rising Star in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by Super Lawyers for the area of Civil Rights law. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

Sanjay Schmidt is a passionate advocate, who works tirelessly to represent his clients effectively throughout the litigation process, from the inception of the case, through trial.


  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2006

  • B.A., University of Oregon, 2002

Honors & Awards:                                                                

  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2019)

  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2018)

  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2017)

  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2016)

  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2015)

  • CALI Award-Criminal Procedure (Top Grade) (Spring 2005)

  • Witkin Award-Remedies (Top Grade in Class) (Spring 2006)

  • Witkin Award - Jury Law & Strategies (Top Grade in Class)                                                                        

  • Scored in the 98th Percentile on the Multistate Bar Exam (February 2007) (New Mexico)                                                  

  • Had Two Essays Deemed Model Bar Exam Answers for the New Mexico Bar Exam (February 2007)

Bar Admissions:                                                                       

  • California (December 4, 2006)                                        

  • New Mexico (April, 2007)                                                

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California                                            

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California                                                

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico                                                                      

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Associations:                                        

  • National Police Accountability Project  

  • Consumer Attorneys of California          

  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association  

  • Alameda Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association