Mary R. Fersch

Mary lives in Orange County with her husband and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, camping, and taking her dogs to the beach.

Mary r. Fersch

Partner / Owner

Practice Areas
Civil Litigation, Jury Trials, Personal Injury, Catastrophic Personal Injury, General Liability, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Commercial Transportation, Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Breach of Contract, and Complex Litigation.

Mary Fersch is a founding partner of Schonbuch Hallissy LLP, and heads the Orange County office. Mary is a trial attorney whose practice is focused primarily on general negligence, commercial transportation, products liability, premises liability, and mass torts. Mary also handles matters involving contracts, real estate disputes, and business litigation.

Mary takes a hands-on approach to her cases, familiarizing herself with every case detail and personally strategizing each lawsuit, putting her clients in a position to achieve the best results possible. She has developed meticulous litigation skills and prides herself in outlawyering the other side. Mary’s case load is comprised of high value cases, excess exposure cases, and cases involving catastrophic injuries and damages claims, as well as garden variety negligence cases.

Mary dedicates her time to bar activities through her service with several bar associations. Mary is a Director for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel’s (ASCDC) Board of Directors and serves as the Chair of the Women in the Law Committee, among other committees. She is the ASCDC liaison to the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s (LACBA) Litigation Section Executive Committee and serves on several subcommittees for LACBA’s President’s Advisory Committee for Women in the Legal Profession.


  • Zisette v. Starline (6-week trial—wrongful death of 16-year-old skull crushed by freeway overpass)
  • Rosario v. McConnell (bifurcated trial—orthopedic and spine injuries vehicle accident)
  • Enriquez v. Gonzalez Travel (severe degloving injuries bus v. pedestrian)
  • Rubin v. Live Nation (traumatic brain injury fall from balcony—favorable settlement during trial)
  • Rivera v. PCH Beach Resort (traumatic brain injury crushed in elevator—defense verdict)
  • Dawson v. Sieber (vehicle accident with spinal injuries — defense verdict)



  • Mass Shooting Case at Concert (Significant loss of life and injury—Favorable settlement)
  • Andrade v. Aerocom (Crush injury, CRPS products liability pneumatic tube system— Favorable settlement)
  • Garcia v. LBA Realty (Wrongful death pedestrian by truck— Favorable settlement)
  • Covarrubias v. Shahco (Scalding burns to toddler— Favorable settlement)
  • Hyun v. Sky Community (Wrongful death products liability gym equipment— Favorable settlement)
  • Cruz v. Autozone Parts (Traumatic brain injury due to tire explosion— Favorable settlement)
  • Henderson v. Gonzalez (Wrongful death of minor skateboarder— Favorable settlement)
  • Gaines v. Arizona Tile (Multiple spinal injuries, spine surgery, vehicle accident— Favorable settlement)
  • Jacocks v. Wells (Wrongful death mother of 5, injuries to minors in vehicle, drunk driver— Favorable settlement)
  • Santos v. 3rd Street (Traumatic brain injury fall through skylight—Dismissal)
  • Miranda v. ICE (Wrongful death of truck driver— Favorable settlement)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
  • LACBA President’s Advisory Committee for Women in the Legal Profession
  • LACBA Litigation Section Executive Committee: ASCDC Liaison
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC): Board of Directors and Committee Chair for Women in the Law Committee
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star for several years
  • ASCDC’s The 2023 Patrick A. Long President’s Award in Recognition of Exemplary Service
  • Verdict Vol. 1, 2021: What Statute of Limitations Applies After the COVID-19 Amended Emergency Order?
  • California Court of Appeal Externship Program: Fall Interview Process
  • CAOC: Tips & Tricks: Navigating the Job Market in the COVID-19 Era
  • ASCDC: New Attorney Training—Pleadings: The Basics and Beyond
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court: Civil Trial Advocacy Voir Dire Program
  • LACBA PAC-Women: Learning to Lead for Women Lawyers
  • ASCDC The Usual Suspects: How to Lock in Plaintiff’s Experts at Deposition and Defeat them at Trial
  • ASCDC 62nd Annual Seminar: The Lead-Up to Trial—Best Practices for Trial Preparation
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court: OCI Interviews and Options for a Career in the Law
  • ASCDC Ask Us Anything: A Mentoring Panel for Women Attorneys
  • Santa Barbara Women Lawyers: Depp v. Heard—A 21st Century Domestic Violence Case
  • ASCDC 63rd Annual Seminar: Lessons Learned from the Second Chair at Trial

B.A. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
J.D. Loyola Law School
International and Comparative Law Review
Scott Moot Court Honor’s Board
ABA Moot Court Competition Team
Extern for U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California
Extern for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Judicial Extern for Justice Fred Woods of the California Court of Appeal, Second District
Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
United States District Court, Central District of California