Philip Schnayerson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Hayward, CA

Garcia, Schnayerson & Thompson
 | 225 West Winton Avenue, Suite 208
Hayward, CA 94544
Phone: 510-962-8119
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2008, 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1968
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

Philip Schnayerson has built a reputation over almost 30 years of practice as a committed and thorough criminal defense attorney. He handles a wide variety of cases, including drug crimes, theft, homicide, violent crimes, computer crimes and white collar defense. Mr. Schnayerson is board-certified in criminal law by The State Bar of California and has extensive experience in both state and federal courts. At the California law firm of Garcia, Schnayerson & Thompson, Mr. Schnayerson accepts clients in the San Francisco, Oakland, Stockton and Modesto metropolitan areas.

Mr. Schnayerson earned his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law before relocating to the West Coast. He has been involved in a number of projects that have changed how criminal defense is handled in California, including playing an integral part in setting up the San Francisco Bail Project. During the Vietnam War, Mr. Schnayerson served as a public defender for students at the University of California, Berkeley, who were protesting U.S. involvement in the conflict.

His dedication to quality representation and the utmost in legal standards has earned Mr. Schnayerson the respect of his peers. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America* each year since 1987. Mr. Schnayerson is known for not only his thorough knowledge of all criminal law matters, but for his compassionate and understanding approach to each case during a difficult time for clients and their families. He is skilled in achieving favorable results that allow many clients to successfully move on with their lives. Mr. Schnayerson is the past president of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC


Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%)

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2008, 2014 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

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About Philip Schnayerson

Admitted: 1968, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1987 - Present
  • East Bay Best Lawyers in America, Oakland Magazine

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Criminal Law, California State Bar, 1975 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past President, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
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Office Location for Philip Schnayerson

225 West Winton Avenue
Suite 208
Hayward, CA 94544

Phone: 510-962-8119


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Last Updated: 4/28/2017

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