The Attorneys of Schroth, Schroth & Madigan
Robert E. Schroth Sr. was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. The son of a second generation Iron worker and a mother who worked for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Bob began his interest in the law through his mother’s work at the Attorney General’s Office. After graduating from high school, Bob attended the University of Tennessee where he played football.
While attending school, Bob worked with his father as a union ironworker during the summers and school breaks and became a member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Ironworkers, Local No. 68. Bob served as the union steward on many jobs and as a foreman on others, putting up steel buildings from New York to Philadelphia.
In the mid seventies, Bob moved to San Diego with his son Rob, Jr. to further his education. As a single Dad, Bob was quite busy working as an Iron Worker, going to law school and raising Rob, Jr.
In December, 1981 Bob graduated from Western State University School of Law, now known as Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Passing the bar immediately after graduation, he opened the Law office of Robert E. Schroth in September of 1982 in downtown San Diego. From that point on, Bob focused mainly on plaintiff’s personal injury, employment discrimination, business litigation and criminal Law. Because of Bob’s association with the Ironworkers and extensive knowledge of construction and construction safety, he was quite successful early in his legal career, representing ironworkers and other tradesmen who had been seriously injured on jobsites.
In 1990 the Schroth family moved to Jackson Hole Wyoming and Bob began many years of splitting his time between San Diego and Jackson. The family also became involved in a working cattle ranch. In 1991, Bob opened a second law office in Jackson Hole, and for the past 19 years has split his time between the San Diego and Jackson offices. The practice in Wyoming is more diversified with the addition of family law cases, but trial work in personal injury, business litigation and criminal law is still the main focus.
Today, Bob has the thrill and excitement of having his son Rob as his law partner. Bob enjoys his profession and works very hard for each and every client. His combined settlements and jury verdicts are in the multiple millions of dollars.
Rob Schroth grew up in San Diego, California until he left to attend college in Northern California. While working for his degree in English at Humboldt State University, Rob worked at Bayside Drywall. After graduation in 1992, he moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he worked at the ski resort in the Carpentry Department by day and in restaurant jobs at night.
Desiring an intellectual challenge, Rob left the beautiful Jackson Hole area to return to San Diego to attend law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1997. While in law school, he gained valuable experience clerking for his father Bob, until he graduated in 2000.
Rob Schroth was admitted to practice law in the State of California in May 2001. He then took and passed the Wyoming Bar Exam and was admitted to practice law in all courts of the State of Wyoming in January 2002. He is currently licensed to practice law in all courts of the States of Wyoming and the State of California, as well as the United States District Court, District of Wyoming, Southern District of California, Central District of California, and Eastern District of California. He is also admitted to practice law before the general bar of of the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits.
Recently, he successfully brought two class action lawsuits in the State of Florida. In 2001, he was appointed to the Criminal Justice Act Material Witness Panel (“CJA Panel”) for the Southern District of California, and has continued to serve as a member of that panel to the present date.
In 2002, Schroth & Schroth, LLC was formed making Rob a partner in the firm and the rest is history.
Today Rob Schroth’s work experience in the construction field as well as in the trenches of a busy restaurant allows him to relate to his hard working clients. Bob and Rob Schroth have real world experience unlike most attorneys that have spent their entire lives pushing a pencil across a desk.
John L. Madigan
John has been a part of the San Diego community for many years, growing up locally as a second generation San Diegan. His Law Enforcement career spans over 34 years and began when John was 16 as an El Cajon Police Cadet and ended with retirement as a Captain with the San Diego Police Department. He spent well over two decades as a San Diego Police Officer, where his notable career involved being the S.W.A.T. Team Leader at the McDonald’s Massacre and investigating the “Stolen Tank” from the Kearny Mesa Armory, officer involved shooting incident, among other well known events. John has been awarded over 70 departmental and citizen’s commendations and citations. He is recently retired from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
John has been an attorney since 1991 having attended the Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he made the National Deans List. He was a judicial extern for the Fourth District Court of Appeals and an Intern for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. He holds an Associate of Science Degree in Criminology, a Bachelor of Science in Law and a Juris Doctor. John is an adjunct law professor at several local San Diego colleges and is an academy instructor at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Institute. John is also an Associate Judge for the Intertribal Court of Southern California focusing on civil law issues (Indian Tribal Court Judge). He is a Certified Litigation Professional in Public Employment Litigation and a trained mediator from the San Diego Mediation Center.
As a lawyer, John has been involved in extensive litigation and motion work. He has defended police personnel files, authored responses to discovery requests, lawsuits, interrogatories and has advised hundreds of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs on First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights issues along with a long line of civil litigation issues. He currently trains new deputies and law enforcement officers on civil liability/sexual harassment issues, use of force, laws of arrest, criminal law, search and seizure, and evidence and ethics. Previously in his legal career, John was a named partner in a successful law firm that focused on personal injury cases for law enforcement officers, their family and friends.
John was honored when he was asked to join the Schroth and Schroth Law Firm. “I have had well over 28 years of a close personal friendship with Robert Schroth the Senior Partner and his son, Rob. I have seen the extra time and personal attention they both give their clients. As you can see "they are good" and they "get good results" for their clients. I have the highest respect for my law enforcement family and I want only the best for them, that’s why I am honored to be a part of this Firm.”