John G. Schmidt Jr.

Buffalo; New York City; Rochester
(716) 847-7095
(212) 508-0426, (585) 238-2000 ext. 7095
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Mr. Schmidt practices in the areas of business disputes and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on employee disloyalty, workplace fraud, business torts and similar corporate disputes. He also practices in technology litigation, computer forensics, white collar/government investigations defense, and class action defense. Mr. Schmidt has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts, and has been appointed by several courts in complex corporate and personal disputes requiring receiverships, or to investigate and remediate fraud. Mr. Schmidt is the co-leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Team and serves on the boards of several civic organizations.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • California (Inactive)
  • 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 and Awards

Chambers USA Badge 2021 - Schmidt
  • Listed Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019-2021
  • Jack Kemp Leadership Award, Erie County Republican Committee, 2018
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2009-2021
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Listed in Legal Elite of WNY, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, 2014, 2018-2020
  • Listed in Who’s Who In Law, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal
  • Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2016


  • 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
  • Commercial Law League of America
    • Creditors’ Rights Section
  • 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

  • ECMC Foundation, Trauma Center Capital Campaign Committee
  • ConnectLife, Board of Directors, Member
  • Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Board of Directors, Past President
    • Advisor, Law and Government Explorer Post
  • Erie County Republican Party
    • Republican Lawyers Club, Chair
    • Second Vice Chair
    • Republican Leadership Council, Chair
    • Executive Committee, Member
  • 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

  • Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS), Board Member, 2013-2018, Treasurer, 2017-18
  • Kidney Foundation of Western New York, Board Member, 2016-2018, Treasurer, 2017-18
  • 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
  • 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