Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Executive director, Class Action Watch

Lawrence W. Schonbrun is the executive director of Class Action Watch*, a nonprofit organization, and is a nationally recognized spokesperson on the issue of abusive class action settlements and excessive attorneys fee awards in class actions. He has appeared on behalf of unnamed class members/objectors in numerous class actions throughout the United States. A New York City native, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1966, and his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1969.

Mr. Schonbrun has been featured on John Stossel's ABC special, "The Trouble With Lawyers," as well as Morley Safer's 60 Minutes' report, "The Disaster That Wasn't." He has testified before a U.S. Congressional subcommittee on the issue of attorney contingency fees. His work in the field of class actions has been chronicled in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, Barron's, BusinessWeek, and the Bloomberg Business News Service.

Mr. Schonbrun also hosts the popular weekly radio show "Lies, Lawyers & Liberalism with Larry the Lawyer" every Saturday at 5:30 PM on San Francisco's KNEW 910AM.

*Class Action Watch, a nonprofit, tort reform organization located in Berkeley, California, is dedicated to educating the public and alerting the media about class action abuse. Class Action Watch's website will be a resource for class members who wish to object to class action settlements or attorneys' fee requests which they believe are unfair, inadequate, or unreasonable, and provide resources to encourage academics to write about the numerous abuses of the class action system.