Mr. Schaps holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University and a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, where he graduated among the top five students in his class, served on the Law Review, and received numerous honors.
After law school, Mr. Schaps clerked for Chief Judge David F. Levi of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento and for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena.
Mr. Schaps then spent five years practicing commercial litigation at two elite law firms in San Francisco and Sacramento, where he worked on a broad range of civil cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country. He is known for his ability to quickly identify and develop the best strategies in complex cases, to write highly persuasive briefs, and to successfully argue difficult motions and appeals.
In addition to being a skilled advocate in court, Mr. Schaps is a tough and effective negotiator who has taught negotiation courses at U.C. Davis School of Law. Though he pursues cases through trial and appeal when doing so is in his clients' interests, he also looks for ways to favorably resolve cases as early and efficiently as possible.
Mr. Schaps and his wife are long-time residents of Davis, where they are delighted to live and raise their daughter. He opened his downtown Davis practice in 2014 to provide first-rate civil litigation services to local businesses and individuals.
Mr. Schaps is licensed in California. He is a member of the Yolo County Bar Association, the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, and the Schwartz-Levi Inn of Court. Mr. Schaps is also a founding board member of the California Alliance of Caregivers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of children in foster care.