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Mr. Schmidt concentrates his practice in the areas of business disputes, commercial litigation, employee disloyalty, federal practice, business torts, elder fraud, technology litigation, computer forensics, white collar/government investigations defense, FDCPA defense and class action defense. Mr. Schmidt is the co-leader of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Team.


Phillips Lytle LLP is a full-service law firm with passionate people who are guided by a pragmatic process. We take great pride working on complex litigation and transactional matters in each of our 36 practice areas, which include Banking & Financial Services, Business and Commercial Litigation, Corporate, Energy, Environment and Telecommunications. Our offices are located in Albany, Buffalo, Chautauqua, Garden City, New York and Rochester, NY, as well as Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. 


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 20%
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
  4. Oil & Gas: 10%
  5. Other: 30%
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  • Anna Marie Richmond

    John Schmidt is smart, thorough and careful. A great person to have on your side!


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Contact info

Phillips Lytle LLP

One Canalside
125 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14203

Phillips Lytle LLP

The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, NY, 10018-1405



NYCurrently registered 199607/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2011
FellowLitigation Counsel of AmericaN/A
ListedBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ClerkHon. John T. Elfvin; U.S. District Court, Western District of New York1994 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellowN/A
Charles S. Desmond American Inn Of CourtDirectorN/A
Republican National Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
American Gas AssociationN/AN/A
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsAttorney MemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Bar Association of Erie County, Federal Practice CommitteeN/AN/A
Bar Association of Erie CountyN/AN/A
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Federalist Society for Law and Public PolicyN/AN/A
ACA InternationalAttorney MemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Phillips Lytle Business & Commercial Litigation Client UpdateA Creative Approach to Resisting Shareholder Proposals Pays Dividends2012
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselRisk Management And Quality Control Of E-Discovery Vendors2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fellow, Pacific Legal FoundationN/AOther - Bachelors1994
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey School of Law - NewarkLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
New York UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Buffalo’s First e-Discovery SymposiumRecent Developments in E-Discovery in Upstate New York2008
Ark Group’s Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession ConferenceKnowledge Management for the Legal Profession2006