Over 30 Years of Litigation Experience & A Strong Track Record of Success
Earl Schurmer is the owner and managing partner of The Schurmer Firm and has over 32 years of litigation experience and is admitted to practice law in all of the State and Federal courts in the state of California.
Mr. Schurmer began his legal career as an associate attorney for Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley and Jennett. Gilbert, Kelly was a large insurance defense firm in Los Angeles that specialized in defending all types of personal injury and wrongful death actions. While at Gilbert, Kelly Mr. Schurmer took and defended hundreds of depositions including plaintiffs, defendants, law enforcement personnel and all manner of medical, scientific and technical experts. Mr. Schurmer handled and defended cases from receipt of the initial claims filed through arbitration and jury trial and had substantial dealings with insurance company managers and adjusters relating to value determinations and resolution of claims.
In 1993 Mr. Schurmer took the experience he received at Gilbert, Kelly and switched to handling cases for individual plaintiffs’ and their families at The Schurmer Firm. His extensive experience in handling the defense side of cases proved to be a valuable asset in handling all types of plaintiff cases. Since that time, Mr. Schurmer has handled virtually all types of personal injury and wrongful death actions from the initial client meeting to jury verdict with a vast number of seven-figure settlements, arbitration awards and jury verdicts.
Mr. Schurmer also has extensive experience in medical malpractice cases and has taken a particular interest in the medical aspect of all different types of cases. He has participated in numerous medical educational opportunities including a course taught by UCLA medical school instructors with extensive classroom training followed by hands-on cadaver examinations and dissections.
Mr. Schurmer continues to be recognized by Super Lawyers, has been named Litigator of the Year by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers, has been recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys for four years running in the category of Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and holds the rating of “Very High” from Martindale Hubbel for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.
Mr. Schurmer currently resides in Santa Barbara with his wife and three dogs. He enjoys spending time with his three adult children and new son-in-law.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Mr. Schurmer is a member of several professional organizations, including the:
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
- American Trial Lawyers Association
- Ventura and Santa Barbara County
He is also a past participant and member of the Santa Barbara and Ventura Inns of Court. He has and continues to act as Judge Pro Tem at the Ventura and Santa Barbara Superior Courts as a settlement officer and has acted as an arbitrator in numerous cases throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
Mr. Schurmer attended the University of Southern California from 1982-1986 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Mr. Schurmer received his Juris Doctorate in 1991 from Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles.
Mr. Schurmer is a founder and current board member of Hands4Others, a non-profit organization with a goal to provide clean and sustainable drinking water to those in need throughout the world. Mr. Schurmer is also an honorary board member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities as a result of his participation and charitable contributions.