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Joseph Robert Schmitz

Joseph Robert Schmitz

also known as Joe Schmitz

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About Me

I grew up in rural northwestern Iowa in a small farming community, the oldest of four children.  After graduating from college, I married my college sweetheart and moved to North Carolina before attending law school in Virginia and finally returning to the Triad to establish my roots and to begin my life-long dream of practicing law.


I have three children, am active at Generations Church in Lewisville and member of the board, and when I'm not playing "superheroes" with my kids, I enjoy sharing my cooking with my family, working on our therapy farm, and I always have a home improvement project to work on.


I am passionate in my representation of my clients.  I strive to be accessible to my clients, and every client I have has my cell phone number.  Utilizing technology is an important part of my practice, which increases my ability to keep my clients informed.  When a client is out of town, but really needs a face-to-face conference with me, I have Skype and Facetime available, even at times when I'm not in the office but still available to talk to a client.  I work with my clients on establishing a course of action in their case that they can afford. 


Continuing my legal education is very important to me, and I am regularly going to conferences to keep my legal skills sharp and my knowledge up to date, so that I can be on the cutting edge of legal representation.  If I don't know the answer, I'm confident that through my firm's extensive law library and online legal research tools, I can find the answer.


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Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    9 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    9 years
  3. Family: 30%
    9 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 5%
    6 years
  5. Criminal Defense: 5%
    6 years



Hourly ($160-250/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Brian Damas Thoman

    Mr. Schmitz is a highly intelligent, motivated, and ethical attorney. I've known him for over a decade and can confidently state that his work ethic and knowledge of the law are second to none. If you're looking for a criminal or family lawyer, look no further.


    Brian Thoman Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ronald Dean Payne II

    I've worked with Mr. Schmitz on multiple matters and have found him to be an honest attorney who fights hard for his clients within the ethical and legal bounds of the profession. He is a very knowledgable attorney and I endorse him to potential clients.


    Ronald Payne Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

1068 W 4th St
Winston Salem, NC, 27101-2437



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 10 Attorney AwardNational Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
10 Best Client Satifaction AwardAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
10 Best Client Satifaction AwardAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Middle East Peace ScholarRegent University Robertson School of Government2003
Masters Research FellowRobertson School of Government2002
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerHartsoe & Associates, P.C.2013 - Present
AssociateHartsoe & Associates, P.C.2006 - 2012
Law ClerkAmerican Center for Law & Justice2004 - 2005
Legislative InternDelegate Robert F. McDonnell2004 - 2004
ParalegalWomble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice2001 - 2002
InvestigatorW.H. McDonald & Associates2000 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
NCAJ Legislative CommitteeCommittee Member2013 - Present
NCBA Law-Related Education CommitteeCommittee Member2010 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember2009 - Present
Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
U.S. District Court Middle District of North CarolinaMember2009 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2007 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Forsyth County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Allred v. Capital Area Soccer LeagueDismissal Reversed on Appeal
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Publication NameTitleDate
Graduate Student Journal of Foreign & Domestic PolicyMeans to Reducing Growth Rate of AIDS in China2003
Graduate Student Journal of Foreign & Domestic PolicyCritical Review of "Demystifying Aids In Thailand: A Dialectical Analysis Of The Thai Sex Industry"2003
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Regent University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Evangel UniversityGovernmentBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Regent UniversityPublic PolicyMA - MastersN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
WFU Law School Mediation ClinicMediation in Equitable Distribution2015
WFU Law School Mediation ClinicMediation in Equitable Distribution2014
Adoption, Surrogacy and Assisted Reproduction LawBirth Father's Rights and Children of Unmarried Parents2014
WFU Law School Mediation ClinicMediation2013
AP Government ClassAmerican Government2013