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About me

Born and raised in Ohio, I attended college and law school in my home state and began my legal career there before moving to Iowa in 2012. At The Ohio State University, I majored in Communication with a focus on Electronic Media. My undergraduate interests continue to aid my practice today. I strive to make use of technology to serve my clients efficiently and effectively.


My practice encompasses a number of areas, including family law, criminal defense, and civil litigation. The ability to help people through a difficult point in their lives is what I enjoy most about the practice of law. Often in the legal profession, I see people at a low point in their lives. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to help guide and reassure the people I represent.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 35%
    7 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    7 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    7 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%
    7 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Jonathan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Mark Stephen Ondrejech

    Attorney Schmidt is intelligent, conscientious, and possesses a great work ethic. I would recommend him to anyone. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Nazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea, LLP

615 2nd Street SW
PO BOX 74210
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52407-4210


IAAuthorized to practice law201210/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
FellowThe American Bar Foundation2015
CALI Award in Legal DraftingCapital University Law School2007
Dean's ListCapital University Law School2007
Dean's ListCapital University Law School2006
Oral Advocate Semi-FinalistCapital University Law School2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea, LLP2014 - Present
AttorneyNazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea, LLP2013 - 2014
Staff AttorneyKids First Law Center2012 - 2013
PartnerBenson & Schmidt, LLP2010 - 2011
Associate AttorneyBenson Law Office2007 - 2009
Law ClerkBenson Law Office2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar FoundationFellow2015 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of CourtMember2013 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Linn County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Linn Law ClubMember2012 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2012
Ross County Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2012
Capital University Law ReviewExecutive Publishing Editor2006 - 2007
Capital University Law ReviewStaff Member2005 - 2006
American MensaMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Corridor CounselDivorce in Iowa - What You Should Know2015
Corridor CounselEmployment Contracts - The Over-the-Top and the Practical2015
Corridor CounselOrange is the New Fired? - What “At-Will Employment” Means for the Workplace2015
Corridor Business JournalAt-will Employment in the Workplace2015
Corridor CounselContracts as Communication2015
Corridor CounselCustody of a Child – How it Works2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Ohio State UniversityCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1996