William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2003, Magna Cum Laude
University of Minnesota, B.A.
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Honorable Myron H. Bright, U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- Honorable Natalie E. Hudson, Minnesota Court of Appeals
Jon Schmidt is a member of the Business Litigation Section and chair of the Appellate Practice Group. Jon practices principally in the areas of:
- Appellate law
- Railroad litigation
- Business litigation
- Mass tort litigation
- Toxic tort litigation
In his litigation practice, Jon represents railroads. Jon has successfully obtained summary judgment on multiple crossing litigation matters with high potential exposure. He also has worked closely with clients to revise, update and establish new policies for investigation protocol and retention procedures. Jon has represented railroads in FELA matters, as well as in mass tort and toxic tort proceedings related to high-profile train derailments. He has also assisted in dozens of emergency response investigations.
In addition to railroads, Jon represents businesses in employment matters, construction issues and utility cases.
Jon has assisted with certiorari proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has worked on appeals involving a wide range of issues, including constitutional law, federal preemption, tort and mass tort liability, employment law, trade secrets, business contracts, insurance law, environmental law and partnership law.
Jon has argued Appellate cases before the 7th and 8th Circuits, where he successfully argued to affirm a judgment of over $400,000. Jon and another attorney also successfully represented a client at the 8th Circuit of Appeals to obtain a reversal of a judgment of over $236 million.
Jon also serves on the firm's Recruiting Committee and as the firm’s co-ombudsman. He is a former member of the firm's Associate Training Committee, Associate Panel and Technology Committee. In the past, Jon has coordinated the firm’s annual associate fundraising effort for The Fund for Legal Aid.
Jon is involved at William Mitchell College of Law, where he has taught Appellate Advocacy as an adjunct professor and mentors students and recent alumni through the Hachey Initiative. Jon also is actively involved in pro bono work. He has helped develop and initiate an Appellate pro bono program with the State Public Defender’s Office, which pairs attorneys at law firms interested in pro bono Appellate work with the Public Defender’s Office. He has also assisted with evaluating matters on appeal before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and has been appointed by the 8th Circuit to represent a petitioner in a habeas appeal. In a separate matter for The Advocates for Human Rights, Jon assisted a Kenyan citizen with the asylum process to seek asylum from political persecution.
While in law school, Jon was the editor-in-chief for the William Mitchell Law Review.
Honors & Awards
- Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2012
- Shareholder Pro Bono Award, Briggs and Morgan, 2011
- Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2010
- Advocate Designation, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
- Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
- Former Chair, Appellate Practice Section
- Judiciary Committee
- Former Member, Court Rules and Administration Committee
Federal Bar Association, Member
Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
8th Circuit Bar Association, Member
The Advocates for Human Rights Pro Bono, Counsel
- July 21, 2014
- February 22, 2013
- February 22, 2013
- March 1, 2012
- October 6, 2011
- July 21, 2011
- July 18, 2011
- April 1, 2011
- March 16, 2011
- August 27, 2010
- November 24, 2009
- June 26, 2008
- "Behind the Curtain," Appellate Practice Institute CLEMarch 2012
- "Appeals: Can I Appeal? Should I? How?," MSBA's Appellate Practice, Civil Litigation, and Solo & Small Firm Sections CLEMarch 2012
- Railroad Crossing Litigation, Discovery and Preemption, Canadian Pacific Railway Claims Seminar2012
- Railroad Crossing Litigation and Discovery, Association of American Railroads General Claims ConferenceSeptember 2011
- "Evidence on Appeal: The Umpire's Calls Are Probably Final," Minnesota CLE: Winning the Litigation DoubleheaderSeptember 2011
- Railroad Litigation and FRSA Preemption, Canadian Pacific Railway Claims ConferenceJune 2011
- 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Minneapolis, MN, March 4, 2011
- "Litigation Hold Letters" CLENovember 19, 2010
- "Persuasive Legal Writing," Legal Aid CLESeptember 2010
- Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Vitality of Field Preemption as a Defense to Common Law Tort ClaimsFebruary 29, 2012
- February 15, 2012
- August 26, 2010
- Assisting Sam Hanson: "The Minnesota Court of Appeals: Arguing to, and Limitations of, an Error-Correcting Court," William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 35, Issue 42009