William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2003, Magna Cum Laude

University of Minnesota, B.A. 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • 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 1st Circuit
  • 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
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Jon Schmidt is a member of the Business Litigation section, chair of the Appellate practice group and serves as co-chair of the firm's Recruiting Committee. Jon practices principally in the areas of:

  • Appellate law
  • Railroad litigation
  • Business litigation
  • Mass tort litigation
  • Toxic tort litigation

In his appellate practice, 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.

In his litigation practice, Jon represents railroads. Jon has successfully obtained summary judgment on multiple crossing litigation matters with significant claimed damages. 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.

He serves as co-chair 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. While in law school, Jon was the editor-in-chief for the William Mitchell Law Review.

Jon and his wife live in Saint Paul and enjoy spending time with their two kids. Jon also is an avid runner, running in 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, and was pleased with his sub-four hour finish in his first marathon at the Twin Cities Marathon in October 2016.

Community Involvement 

Jon recently served as the co-campaign chair for Justice Natalie Hudson’s election to retain her seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Jon worked with the campaign committee on all aspects of the statewide primary race and general election, including fundraising, press, endorsements, questionnaire responses and outreach.

He is proud to have helped to develop, initiate and coordinate an Appellate pro bono program with the State Public Defender’s Office and the Minnesota State Bar Association, which pairs attorneys at law firms interested in pro bono Appellate work to take on cases from the Appellate Public Defender’s Office. The goal is to assist the Appellate Public Defender’s office with their caseload and provide civil attorneys an opportunity to gain invaluable appellate experience.

Jon is also active in other pro bono work, including assisting with evaluating matters on appeal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and being appointed by the 8th Circuit to represent a petitioner in a habeas appeal. He also worked on pro bono unemployment compensation appeals and pro bono asylum appeals. In addition, Jon has volunteered at the Minnesota Appellate Court's pro se clinic, where seasoned appellate attorneys work with pro se litigants to answer questions regarding forms, filings and substantive appellate issues. In a separate pro bono matter for the Advocates for Human Rights, Jon assisted a Kenyan citizen with the asylum process to seek asylum from political persecution. 

He is an active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Jon was elected to serve on the Appellate Practice Section council for the past nine years, three of which he served as an officer for the Section. Jon chaired the MSBA Appellate Section from 2012 to 2013, and also served on the MSBA Judiciary Committee and Court Rules and Administration Committee.

He is involved at the area law schools. He has taught Appellate Advocacy at William Mitchell College of Law and routinely is a guest teacher for the Appellate Advocacy Course at the University of St. Thomas. Jon also formally and informally mentors students from Twin Cities' law schools.

Besides his service to the legal community through the MSBA and pro bono work, Jon is proud to support, among other organizations, Como Friends, United Way and Legal Aid.

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
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association


Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

  • Appellate Practice Section, Former Chair
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Court Rules and Administration Committee, Former Member

Federal Bar Association, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

8th Circuit Bar Association, Member

The Advocates for Human Rights Pro Bono, Counsel