Firm Philosophy and Attorneys

Pearson & Schachter is a DBE, MBE and WBE certified law firm and represents domestic and international businesses, professionals and individuals in litigated, non-litigated and transactional matters.  We provide clients with the level of personalized service one would expect to receive from a small firm, including being able to respond quickly to client emergencies, cutting edge legal issues and developments in the law. Pearson & Schachter values our reputation for excellence.  Our attorneys have a history of service as leaders in a variety of legal, industry and community organizations, and are known for enjoying a high rate of success on law and motion matters, at trial and on appeal. As a firm, we are committed to early evaluation and resolution of disputes, while at the same time being prepared to aggressively and effectively defend a case at trial.

We approach our work with enthusiasm and passion, in partnership with our clients, and continually strive to apply both practical and creative approaches to problem solving and dispute resolution. We understand the financial aspects of litigation and business transactions and are committed to providing quality legal services efficiently and economically to our clients.

Client service is something that we strive to provide at all levels of the firm and our lawyers and staff are uncompromising on issues of integrity, honesty and client confidentiality. Indeed, we are in fact driven by our relationships and our results, and client satisfaction is the only measure of our success.

Robin Pearson is a founder and an owner of Pearson & Schachter, where she is an experienced trial lawyer who has effectively litigated cases involving a broad range of commercial matters.  She has experience in contracts, unfair business practices, real estate, insurance, employment, professional liability, and construction disputes and creditors rights in federal bankruptcy.  Robin has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and is also an accomplished negotiator with extensive mediation experience.

Robin’s real estate practice includes but is not limited to environmental impact review under the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.  Robin’s commercial litigation experience includes handling Section 17200 matters alleging unfair business practices.  She has also represented corporate clients in breach of contract actions.  In addition, Robin has litigated cases involving trademark and trade secret issues relating to the use and ownership of proprietary inventions in diverse industries.

Robin’s construction litigation experience includes performance of construction contracts, defense of mechanic’s liens, stop notices, payment and performance bond claims, construction defect and insurance claims.  She also has experience obtaining private right of ways and easements, sitting wireless antennas and towers, securing permits for construction projects and negotiating pole attachments.

Before founding Pearson & Schachter, Robin was with the firm Miller Starr Regalia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Telecommunications
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Creditor Representation in Bankruptcy
  • Employment Litigation
  • Title Insurance


  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1989 National Moot Court Advocacy Team
  • John O’Keefe Award for Distinguished Service
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1985

Robin has authored articles on real estate, employment and insurance issues.

You can reach Robin Pearson via email: or by phone: (925) 954-1531.

Michael Schachter is a founder and an owner of Pearson & Schachter, where he is a corporate and real estate transactional attorney. Michael has represented a broad range of companies, from early stage to publicly traded companies. Michael’s corporate practice includes the consummation of mergers, stock sales, asset acquisitions and other reorganizations, and representing emerging growth companies in all aspects of business and corporate transactions, including entity formation, venture capital and angel financings, entity governance, securities, intellectual property, employment, shareholder and director matters, private placements, and general corporate counseling and business planning issues.

In addition, Michael’s real estate practice includes sophisticated commercial real estate transactions relating to the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of real property, title matters, construction agreements, loans, brokerage agreements, easements and licenses, indemnity agreements, and site access agreements and land-use issues.

Michael views his role as a value-add problem-solver; responding to his client’s needs in an extremely expeditious manner. He looks for creative and practical solutions that can save his clients cost and time.

Michael is licensed to practice law in the State of California and is a member of the Executive Committee-Business Section for the Alameda County Bar Association.

Before founding Pearson & Schachter, Michael was with the firms of Nixon Peabody LLP and Silicon Valley Law Group.

You can reach Michael Schachter via email: or by phone: (925) 954-7248.

Hideaki Sano

Hideaki Sano joined Pearson & Schachter, PLC as of counsel in May of 2013.  Hide (pronounced “Heday”) has litigated and advised businesses and individuals in a broad range of litigation and business matters.  His specialty areas include labor and employment and corporate governance, real estate, construction, and complex litigation.

Hide has represented and advised both corporate and individual clients in a wide range of labor and employment and corporate governance matters.  These include race, gender, age, and disability discrimination and retaliation cases, federal and state whistleblower cases, employment-related tort cases, non-compete cases, sales commission cases, health care-related wrongful termination and medical staffing matters, and issues related to fiduciary duties, shareholder oppression, and corporate fraud.

Hide has also litigated and advised clients regarding a variety of real estate-related matters.  His past representations include breach of contract and fraud cases, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, restrictive covenant and easement litigation, and quiet title, nuisance, adverse possession, zoning, and land use matters.

Along with these areas, Hide also has experience in construction law and government procurement.  He has worked with construction clients on design defect, delay, differing site condition, sequencing, disruption and extra work claims, construction defect and breach of warranty cases, and government procurement matters, including surety-related litigation and bid protests.

Finally, Hide has also litigated a wide range of complex litigation matters. These include defending a Fortune 500 manufacturer against claims of breach of distributor agreement claim, antitrust violations, and trade secret misappropriation; defending an international roller bearing manufacturer against claims of breach of warranty and defective design; and prosecuting claims by a multi-national integrated software company of breach of warranty and fraud related to an acquisition and merger.   Mr. Sano has also represented clients in various white collar matters, including health care civil infraction administrative proceedings, corporate malfeasance investigations, and regulatory compliance litigation.

Mr. Sano has appeared in both state and federal court, and as well as in arbitrations. He has represented a variety of clients including Fortune 500 companies, senior executives and management, physicians, large non-profit organizations, tech start ups, global construction firms, professional athletes, as well as everyday people.


  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2000)
  • Stanford University (B.A., with departmental honors, 1994)

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2006
  • Michigan, 2000

Selected Publications

  • Workplace Bullying From a Plaintiff’s Perspective – Spring 2012: Labor and Employment Section – State Bar of Michigan.
  • Annual Survey of Michigan Law June 1, 2004 – May 31, 2005: Criminal Procedure, 52 Wayne L. Rev. 543 (2006).
  • Annual Survey of Michigan Law June 1, 2003 – May 31, 2004: Evidence, 51 Wayne L. Rev. 779 (2005).
  • Annual Survey of Michigan Law June 1, 2002 – May 31, 2003: Evidence, 50 Wayne L. Rev. 575 (2004).
  • Judicial Abuse of “Process”: Examining the Applicability of Section 2F1.1(b)(4)(B) of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines to Bankruptcy Fraud, 98 Mich.L.Rev. 1038 (2000).


T. Theodore Cruz joined Pearson & Schachter as Of Counsel. Ted is an experienced attorney who has represented individuals and businesses in a wide range of matters. He has appeared in state and federal courts and arbitrations in contracts, real property, medical malpractice, insurance defense and bad faith, and employment cases.     His experience includes drafting pleadings, legal research, discovery, taking and defending depositions, law and motion practice, and attending settlement conferences and court hearings.

Ted’s past matters include representing an individual against a government entity in a breach of contract action involving multi-state and multi-party litigation; representing a physician in a breach of contract dispute against a national office software manufacturer; representing a hospital patient in a medical malpractice arbitration against a major healthcare provider for failing to diagnose and prevent a degenerative kidney disease and transplant; and preventing a home foreclosure and obtaining a significant and rare attorneys’ fee award under the newly enacted California Homeowner’s Bill of Rights.


  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, LL.M. in Healthcare Law, 1991
  • Boston College Law School, J.D. 1989
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Premedicine, 1985


  • State Bar of California, 1991
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1997