Chip G. Schoneberger concentrates in all phases of post-trial and appellate litigation, and heads the firm’s Appellate Practice. He has handled appeals in state and federal reviewing courts across the country and in a wide variety of practice areas, including: commercial litigation, construction, casualty/liability defense, insurance coverage, property rights, zoning/land use, and professional liability. Recognizing that success on appeal begins long before final judgment, Mr. Schoneberger also partners with trial attorneys at the critical motion and trial stages of a case to frame key issues for the court and identify/preserve errors for resolution on appeal.
Mr. Schoneberger’s appeals have forged new law in several states. As lead appellate counsel in Brimet II, LLC v. Destiny Homes Marketing, LLC, he recently persuaded the Arizona Court of Appeals to reverse the trial court and enter summary judgment in his client’s favor in a multi-million dollar property interest/lien priority dispute involving a question of first impression in Arizona under the doctrine of equitable subrogation. Mr. Schoneberger’s other successes include establishing that Colorado’s attorney’s fees statute is inapplicable after the case is at issue (BSLNI v. Russ T. Diamonds, Inc.); reversing a $3 million jury verdict in a construction accident case in Connecticut (Archambault v. Soneco/Northeastern, Inc.); establishing that commercial general liability insurance policies afford no coverage for negligent spoliation of evidence claims under Illinois law(Essex Ins. Co. v. Wright); and obtaining complete reversal of a jury verdict and entry of judgment for the defense in a malicious prosecution action (Muhammad v. Ala Carte Entm’t, Inc.).