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CIVIL LITIGATION: J. Jonathan Schraub

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J. Jonathan Schraub
Sands Anderson PC
McLean

Title: Managing partner, Washington Regional Office
Other legal specialties: Professional liability defense (officer and director, medical)
Birthplace: New York
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Colgate University ; law degree, Georgetown University Law Center
Wife: Carla
Children: David, 25, third-year law student at the University of Chicago; Jason, 21, fourth-year student at the University of Virginia
Hobbies: Reading and writing on Jewish Biblical interpretation
First job as a lawyer: Associate at Melrod, Redman & Gartlan, Washington, D.C.
Fan of: Stage Deli in New York
Favorite vacation spot: Any beach
Recently read: “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Career mentor: The late state Sen. Joseph V. Gartlan Jr., “an exceptional litigator and a better man.”

What was your most memorable case?
“I represented two victims of a notorious serial burglar in a civil suit. We took a default judgment and received a seven-figure jury damage award. We then backed a U-haul truck up to the Fairfax County Police Department with federal marshals in tow to seize the unclaimed stolen jewelry and other merchandise from the Fairfax police on theory that the thief (and my clients as judgment creditors of the thief) had better title to the unclaimed stolen goods than anyone in the world (including Commonwealth of Virginia) except the true owners. This caused an armed federal/state police standoff. Eventually, we took the merchandise to a D.C. auction house and had a televised auction to partially satisfy my client’s judgment.”


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