Attorney Mark Schnitzer Profiled by Riverside County Bar Association Publication
May 26, 2010
With his involvement in the Inland Empire's legal community spanning three decades, Reid & Hellyer Attorney Mark C. Schnitzer has been noted for the time he has given to strengthening the legal field in the growing region.
But as the Riverside County Bar Association featured Mark in its "Opposing Counsel" column in the May 2010 edition of "Riverside Lawyer," they made sure to note his service to the country that stretches back to his undergraduate days.
Before graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1963, Mark was in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. During his summers as a law student, he served as a member of the police force for the City of Virginia Beach, which had a program to augment its law enforcement by hiring law students.
Mark's summers were a different kind for students in law school. Instead of interning with law firms, as law students normally do during their summers, he "wore a uniform, had a weapon, and drove a police car around the city and saw and experienced events from the perspective of a police officer."
"He ultimately entered the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps after law school. He served four and a half years in the JAG Corps, including one year in Vietnam, where he gave legal advice to military personnel stationed at the Tuy Hoa Air Base. He also traveled throughout Vietnam, handling court martials and administrative discharge proceedings as the advocate for military personnel (defense).
While in the JAG Corps, Mr. Schnitzer was stationed at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino. He took the California bar exam and became a licensed California attorney in 1971. He left the Air Force in 1971, having achieved the rank of Captain."
Schnitzer, a bankruptcy attorney with Reid & Hellyer since 2002, continued his service in a different form by becoming involved in the Inland Empire's legal community. Riverside Lawyer noted his service on the board of directors of the Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum, whose members typically practice bankruptcy law, from 1992 to 2007 and his serving as the founding president of the Inland Empire Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He was also noted for his current position as Chairman of the Client Relations Committee for the San Bernardino County Bar Association and for serving on the board of directors from 1993 to 1999.
Since he started practicing bankruptcy law in the 1970s, Mark has seen his fair share of clients going through tough times. But, Mark "enjoys the challenge of helping debtors resolve their debt issues, and it is an ever-evolving area of practice."
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