also known as Joe Schmitz
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.
Hourly ($160-250/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
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
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
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top 10 Attorney Award||National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys||2014|
|10 Best Client Satifaction Award||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2014|
|10 Best Client Satifaction Award||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Middle East Peace Scholar||Regent University Robertson School of Government||2003|
|Masters Research Fellow||Robertson School of Government||2002|
|Partner||Hartsoe & Associates, P.C.||2013 - Present|
|Associate||Hartsoe & Associates, P.C.||2006 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||American Center for Law & Justice||2004 - 2005|
|Legislative Intern||Delegate Robert F. McDonnell||2004 - 2004|
|Paralegal||Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice||2001 - 2002|
|Investigator||W.H. McDonald & Associates||2000 - 2001|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|NCAJ Legislative Committee||Committee Member||2013 - Present|
|NCBA Law-Related Education Committee||Committee Member||2010 - Present|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Member||2009 - Present|
|Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina||Member||2009 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2007 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Forsyth County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Allred v. Capital Area Soccer League||Dismissal Reversed on Appeal|
|See all Legal Cases|
|Graduate Student Journal of Foreign & Domestic Policy||Means to Reducing Growth Rate of AIDS in China||2003|
|Graduate Student Journal of Foreign & Domestic Policy||Critical Review of "Demystifying Aids In Thailand: A Dialectical Analysis Of The Thai Sex Industry"||2003|
|Regent University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Evangel University||Government||BS - Bachelor of Science||2001|
|Regent University||Public Policy||MA - Masters||N/A|
|WFU Law School Mediation Clinic||Mediation in Equitable Distribution||2015|
|WFU Law School Mediation Clinic||Mediation in Equitable Distribution||2014|
|Adoption, Surrogacy and Assisted Reproduction Law||Birth Father's Rights and Children of Unmarried Parents||2014|
|WFU Law School Mediation Clinic||Mediation||2013|
|AP Government Class||American Government||2013|