Reno, NV 89519

Enrique R. Schaerer


Areas Of Practice: Business & Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Employment & Labor Law

Mr. Schaerer focuses on business and civil, labor and employment, trust and estate, and real estate litigation, as well as criminal defense and investigations. A skilled trial lawyer and appellate advocate, he believes clients are best served by a comprehensive, big-picture strategy—even at the earliest stages of a case. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schaerer worked for big law firms in California and served as a criminal prosecutor in Nevada, tried dozens of misdemeanor and felony cases, and briefed and argued federal and state constitutional issues before various courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nevada Supreme Court. He was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and is a proud graduate of Robert McQueen High School.

Education and Clerkships

  • Yale Law School: J.D., 2008; Potter Stewart Prize (moot court winner); Yale Law Journal (senior editor); Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow (2006–2008); Jack Kent Cooke Scholar (2005–2008)
  • University of Notre Dame: B.A., political science; B.B.A., finance; summa cum laude, 2005; Valedictorian of the Class of 2005; Helen Kellogg Prize (best honors thesis in political science); Herman Crown Award (highest G.P.A. in finance); Phi Beta Kappa (honor society); Phi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society); Beta Gamma Sigma (business honor society); Kellogg International Scholars Program in Madrid, Spain (2003–2004); Finance Chair, Sophomore Class (2002–2003); Treasurer, Freshman Class (2001–2002)
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2009–2010)
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. James V. Selna, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (2008–2009)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • All Nevada and California state courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

Professional Affiliations

  • Federalist Society, part-time Olin-Searle Fellow at UCLA Law School (2016–present)
  • Yale Law School Association, Executive Committee (2011–2014)
  • University of Notre Dame, College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council (2009–2012).


  • Proving the Constitution: Burdens of Proof and the Confrontation Clause, 55 University of Richmond Law Review 491 (2021)
  • What the Heller?: An Originalist Critique of Justice Scalia’s Second Amendment Jurisprudence, 82 University of Cincinnati Law Review 795 (2014)
  • A Rose by Any Other Name: Why a Parens Patriae Action Can Be a “Mass Action” under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, 6 N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation & Public Policy 39 (2013)
  • Intragroup Discrimination in the Workplace: The Case for “Race Plus,45 Harvard Civil Rights–Civil Liberties Law Review 57 (2010)
  • Liability in Robotics: An International Perspective on Robots as Animals, Advanced Robotics (2010) (co-authored with Richard C. Kelley, Monica Nicolescu, and Micaela Gomez)
  • Robots as Animals: A Framework for Liability and Responsibility in Human-Robot Interactions, Proceedings of the 18th IEEE Symposium on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (2009) (co-authored with Richard C. Kelley and Monica Nicolescu)


  • Spanish (native/professional proficiency)
  • Italian (limited working proficiency)


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