Elizabeth Trent Schaus

Senior Counsel

Elizabeth Schaus is an experienced litigator who concentrates her practice on general liability, product liability, transportation, and construction matters. She represents a diverse range of international and national corporations, product manufacturers, local businesses and individuals in tort-based litigation, with an emphasis on significant injury matters.

Elizabeth has substantial experience with all phases of litigation including early case evaluation, discovery, depositions, law and motion, alternative dispute resolution. She has second-chaired several trials in state courts throughout California. Elizabeth aggressively pursues the most favorable and cost-effective results for her clients. She was selected for inclusion in 2019 and 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers®.

Elizabeth advises and defends a wide range of consumer-oriented clients, including department stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and night clubs as they navigate the following areas:
  • Premises liability issues-criminal and civil
  • Insurance issues
  • Labor, employment and workers’ compensation issues
  • ADA issues

Elizabeth advises and defends product manufacturers and distributors in product liability, breach of warranty and unfair competition law matters.

Elizabeth advises and defends trucking companies and their drivers in significant transportation matters, including multi-vehicle accidents and those involving tractor-trailers.

Elizabeth advises and defends California developers, general contractors and subcontractors in a wide range of construction-based litigation, including those involving insurance coverage disputes.


  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 2007
  • Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., 2010

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of California