Overview

Drew Schaffer counsels and represents clients on labor and employment law matters.

Before joining Littler, Drew handled general liability matters to include personal injury, municipal law, insurance defense, and employment law at a boutique trial firm in Irvine. At that firm he handled all aspects of litigation. There, among other successes, he received a dismissal of all claims in two cases through the filing of demurrers. He was also successful in convincing a plaintiff to drop a matter after drafting and serving a section 128.7 motion identifying to the plaintiff that his lawsuit was frivolous.  

After graduating from law school, Drew was sworn in as a Navy Judge Advocate (JAG). As a JAG, Drew served as in-house counsel for numerous military bases to include a remote base in Djibouti, Africa advising senior military commanders on a wide range of legal issues. He also litigated cases as both a Federal Prosecutor and Defense Counsel trying a number of cases to verdict and reaching favorable results for his clients and the United States Government. These cases included rape/sexual assault, drug possession and distribution, child sex abuse, child pornography, and domestic abuse. In addition to his litigation experience, while in the JAG Corps Drew practiced in a wide variety of legal fields to include victims' rights, employment, ethics, contracts, wills and trusts, and family law. Drew has received extensive training in jury trials including courses in Advanced Trial Advocacy, Litigating Complex Cases, and Advanced Courtroom Communications.

Prior to law school, Drew was an Army Infantry Officer and Airborne Ranger leading troops in combat both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Drew took his LSAT and completed his law school applications from Afghanistan. Drew is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves where he continues to serve his country as a Reserve JAG. He routinely presents at Deployment Readiness Training (DRT) events for reservists, explaining the ramifications of USERRA, SCRA, and other laws affecting deploying/deployed service members and their families.

 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Secretary/Treasurer

Tort and Trial Section

Orange County Bar Association

Member

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Member

Banyard Inns of Court

Trial Department Head/Lieutenant Commander

NR Region Legal Service Office Southwest

U.S. Navy Reserves

Recognition

Recipient, Two Bronze Star Medals and various other Commendation and Achievement Medals

U.S. Military

Recipient, CALI Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law

University of Connecticut School of Law

2011

Education

  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 2011
  • M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2015
  • B.S., Boston College, 2004

Bar Admission

California
Connecticut

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces