E. Randol Schoenberg

E. Randol Schoenberg is of-counsel and was the co-founding partner of Burris, Schoenberg & Walden, LLP, where he handled a number of complex business litigation matters, specializing in cases involving looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazi authorities during the Holocaust.

Mr. Schoenberg has tried and argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, Second and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court, California Court of Appeal and the Los Angeles Superior Court.

He litigated Republic of Austria v. Altmann case. In the Altmann case, he sought return of six famous Klimt paintings to his client. After persuading the United States Supreme Court that Maria Altmann could sue Austria for return of the paintings, he agreed to arbitrate the dispute in Austria. In January 2006 the arbitration panel decided that the paintings, valued at over $325 million, should be returned to Mrs. Altmann.

Education | Appointments

  • University of Southern California Law Center, J.D. 1991.
  • Princeton University, A.B. in Mathematics 1988.
  • Certificate in European Cultural Studies, June 1988
  • Los Angeles Opera (Board of Directors)
  • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (Board of Directors, President)
  •  Southwest Chamber Music Society (Board of Directors)
  • Choral Society of Southern California (Board of Directors)
  • AMSONG (Board of Directors)
  • L.A. Jewish Symphony (Board of Directors)
  • LACMA, MOCA, Music Guild.

Noted Cases

  • Won unanimous Austrian arbitration ruling ordering return of five Nazi-looting paintings by Gustav Klimt valued at over $325 million;
  • Argued and won case before the United States Supreme Court  (6-3) affirming jurisdiction in California for suit against Republic of Austria to recover six paintings by Gustav Klimt.
  • Obtained $47m in awards from Swiss Bank Claims Resolution Tribunal
  • Won unanimous Austrian arbitration ruling ordering return of $8 million Viennese building confiscated during the Nazi era;
  • Argued and won case before 11-judge en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Yahoo! v. La Ligue Contre le Racisme et l'Antisemitisme;
  • Obtained $6.5 million settlement in case concerning Nazi-looted Picasso painting.
  • Obtained $3 million settlement in case concerning Nazi-looted Canaletto painting.
  • Represent heirs of author of The Pink Panther in copyright suit against MGM.
  • Argued before Second Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of petition to forfeit $42 million in attorney's fees paid to class counsel based on conflict of interest;
  • Obtained temporary restraining order securing $10 million painting by Pablo Picasso that was looted by the Nazis;
  • Represent former employee of Hertz Corporation alleging constructive discharge and wrongful termination based on harassment due to his Arab-American heritage
  • Member of lawyers delegation to official U.S.-Austria negotiations concerning holocaust property restitution sponsored by U.S Department of State, representing over 50 families and class of all Austrian-Jewish holocaust victims and heirs;
  • Defended actress Kim Basinger in an $8 million breach of contract action, including formulating the key arguments for her successful appeal;
  • Represented entertainment personalities Chevy Chase, Magic Johnson, Charlie Sheen, Ivan Reitman, Jon Peters.



  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award -- March, 2007
  • Jurisprudence Award, Anti-Defamation League of Southern California -- December, 2006
  • Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award, American Jewish Congress -- October, 2006
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal "Top 20 under 40" -- May, 2003
  • Public Counsel 1995 Super Volunteer Award.


  • "Now for the Hard Part: The Last Time the Government Brought a Monopoly Case Against a High-Tech Company - IBM - It Gave Up Before Getting to a Remedy," The Daily Deal, November 18, 1999 (Harvey Saferstein and E. Randol Schoenberg)
  • "The Big Chill Hits Assets," Legal Times, March 8, 1999 (Harvey I. Saferstein and E. Randol Schoenberg)
  • Several articles on music-related topics, including "Arnold Schoenberg and Albert Einstein: Their Relationship and Views on Zionism" (Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute. Volume X, Number 2, November 1987), reviewed by Robert Craft in The New York Review of Books (February 16, 1989).
  • Edited the correspondence of Arnold Schoenberg and Thomas Mann : Apropos Doktor Faustus (Czernin Verlag 2008)
  • They Shall Be Counted (The Theresienstadt Ghetto Art Of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly) (2010)
  • Wrote foreword for catalogue of an exhibit entitled "Exiles in Paradise" at the Hollywood Bowl Museum.


  • Classical music, tennis, skiing, genealogy, art, basketball, law, mathematics, backpacking, philately, German, French, and computers.
  • Member of Riviera Tennis Club