Elena Schionning is one of Harris Personal Injury Lawyers’s newest members to the legal team, and, coincidentally, this month’s attorney spotlight! Elena—the true “California girl”—grew up in California and attended the University of California Berkeley. By the time Elena completed her undergraduate studies, she knew that a career in law was in her future. So, Elena continued her education by attending California Western School of Law where she graduated with not one, but six American Jurisprudence Awards before receiving her Juris Doctorate.

Before coming to work at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Elena worked at a medical malpractice defense law firm.  There Elena developed exceptional skills and gained insider knowledge of the personal injury field by working with insurance companies. Elena is one of our leading litigation lawyers in Los Angeles, and she continues to prove that she can help victims recover emotionally, physically, and financially after suffering an injury. Elena’s patience and determination directly correlates to her recent successes in the courtroom.  The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is thrilled to have Elena on board.

An Interview with Elena Schionning: A Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer

Was there someone who influenced you to be an attorney?

“Well, not quite one person. I took a class in college where we read legal opinions and analyzed the language. That’s where I fell in love. It was the power of the words of SCOTUS that did it.”

What schools did you go to?

“I graduated from UC Berkeley and then went on to California Western School of Law in San Diego.”

What do you like most about being a PI attorney?

“I like to think we prevent people and companies from making the same, totally avoidable, mistakes too many times. Society becomes more aware. People and companies improve this way. We improve the world this way. I love that.”

What are you the most passionate about?  

“My daughter, husband, and the Los Angeles Chargers. I’ll stick by my team, no matter what.”

What is your philosophy when representing a case?

“Listen to and believe your client. They have been hurt and they need someone to hear them. Listen carefully to what they say and use it to get justice for them.”

Favorite restaurant in Santa Monica?

“Samosa House. These guys make their paneer in house – owner’s family recipe. So yum.”

Favorite place to vacation?

“Airlie Beach, Australia.”

Favorite band/concert?

“Candy Dulfer.”

A fun fact or something exciting about you or your life/family.

“My husband is Australian. We met in Mexico. I lived with him on a sail boat for a year before we settled down in California and got married.”

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