Penny W. Schmidt is a proud Gator, having obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida while working full-time as a paralegal. She obtained her law degree, with honors, from St. Thomas College of Law in 1992. While in law school, she served as the Chairman of the Moot Court Board and was the recipient of American Jurisprudence Awards in the areas of Civil Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Evidence, Wills and Trusts, and Taxation. Subsequently, she was named Graduate of the Year for the State of Florida by the legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. After graduation from law school, Penny worked as an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Fuller & Minor, P.A., located in Ft. Myers, Florida, becoming a partner in the law firm of Minor & Schmidt, P.A., in Ft. Myers. During her tenure in Ft. Myers, she was an active member of the Lee County Bar Association, Lee County Personal Injury Association and the Calusa Inns of Court. In 1997, she and her husband relocated to the Jacksonville area where she continued her legal career with one of her current partners, Dennis R. Schutt.
Penny has been a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated partner at the law firm of Schutt, Schmidt, & Noey since 1997. She is a member of the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern District of Florida. Additionally, Penny’s memberships in the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute expand her professional credentials. Continuing her involvement as a legal advocate, she served as former president of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel, where she remains an active member.
Civil trial litigation constitutes the majority of her practice, including areas of concentration such as: personal injury/wrongful death, insurance coverage issues, complex commercial and construction defect litigation, contract litigation, and appellate law.
Penny is a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediators Society. She is also a member and current Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Jacksonville Bar Association as well as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Florida Bar. She is a Volunteer Mediator and Arbitrator for the Florida Bar Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program, and was the former co-chairman of the Marketing and Webinar sub-committee for the ADR Section of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, where she teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution to future lawyers as well as other courses.
Licensed since 1992
I strongly endorse Penny Schmidt as an ethical and dedicated advocate for her clients as well as a skilled mediator with a wide range of experience. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Penny over a number of years and would refer any litigation matter to her without hesitation.
Alison Emery Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1992||08/12/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|St. Thomas University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|