John G. Schmidt Jr., Phillips Lytle Partner

John G. Schmidt Jr.

Partner
Buffalo, New York City, Rochester
(716) 847-7095
(212) 508-0426, (585) 238-2000 ext. 7095
jschmidt@phillipslytle.com
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Mr. Schmidt concentrates his practice in the areas of business disputes, commercial litigation, employee disloyalty, federal practice, business torts, elder fraud, technology litigation, computer forensics, white collar/government investigations defense, FDCPA defense and class action defense. Mr. Schmidt is the co-leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Team.

Additional Areas of Focus

Employee Disloyalty; Federal Practice; Computer Forensics; FDCPA Defense

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Awards

  • Jack Kemp Leadership Award, Erie County Republican Committee, 2018
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2009-2018
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Listed in Legal Elite of WNYBusiness First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, 2014, 2018
  • Listed in Who’s Who In LawBusiness First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal
  • Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2016

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Newark, J.D., 1993
  • Fellow, Pacific Legal Foundation, 1993-94
  • New York University, B.F.A., 1985

Judicial Clerkships

  • Hon. John T. Elfvin; U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1994-96

Professional Associations

  • ACA International, Attorney Member
  • American Gas Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Federal Practice Committee
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, Founding Member, WNY Lawyers Chapter
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial and Federal Law Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section
  • Republican National Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California
  • St. Thomas More Guild, Inc.
  • The Charles S. Desmond Inn of Court, Director
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association

Present Activities

  • Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Board of Directors, Past President
    • Advisor, Law and Government Explorer Post
  • Erie County Republican Party
    • Second Vice Chair
    • Republican Leadership Council, Chair
    • Executive Committee, Member
  • Upstate New York Transplant Services (“UNYTS”), Treasurer
  • Kidney Foundation of Western New York, Board of Directors
  • Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers, Inc., Legal Counsel
  • Delaware District Republican Committee
  • St. Thomas More Guild, Member
  • St. Mark’s R.C. Church, Finance Committee
  • Frequent Speaker on Employee Disloyalty and Business Fraud Litigation

Past Activities

  • Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Board Chair, 2016-2018; President 2014-2015; Nominating Committee Chair, 2011-2016; Risk Management Committee Chair, 2008-2010
  • Leadership Buffalo, Class of 2002, Board Member, 2003-2008; Treasurer, 2005-2006; VP, Program, 2007, Strategic Planning Committee, 2008-2009
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Board of Trustees, 2009-2013; Executive Committee, 2010-2013
  • The Buffalo Club, Admissions Committee, 2009-2012
  • National Kidney Foundation of Western New York, Board Member, 2010-2011
  • Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers, Board Member, 2004-2006
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Corporate Documents and Nominating Committees, 1999-2004
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of WNY, Board Chair, Wish Granter and Honorary Board Member, 1997-2004
  • ECMC Center of Excellence for Renal Disease and Transplant Center, Campaign Cabinet
  • Erie County Republican Lawyers Club, Board Member