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Michael David Schmitt

Divorce and separation Attorney at Rochester, NY

4.8   37 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1999
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

As a Rochester Divorce Attorney I have handled million-dollar divorce cases and high-profile murder trials throughout New York state courts.  Regardless of the case, I always take the time to care for the individual needs of my clients.

I have more than 20 years of trial experience focused on family law and criminal defense matters. I am also skilled with the analysis and resolution of property division problems in divorce cases of all kinds.

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Michael D. Schmitt & Associates P.C.
36 West Main Street
Suite 504
Rochester, NY, 14614

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4.8 / 5.0
  37 customer reviews
Posted by Robert | October 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful I found Michael Schmitt
I'm so very thankful I found and retained Michael's services to represent me in my custody and child support case. Michael was extremely attentive, empathetic, knowledgeable, responsive and fought for me every step of the way. From our very first meeting, he explained everything to me and what I could expect and answered all my questions no matter what time of day that I asked. This was one of the most stressful and traumatic times of my life and he was my biggest advocate and fought for me without ever letting up until I got the outcome that I deserved. I can't speak highly enough of Michael. If you're seeking a Family Law attorney, this is the person that you're going to want to go with.
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Posted by Richard | June 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Family Attorney
From the first day I met Mr. Schmitt he was very welcoming and concerned for me and my situation. My father passed away and I took in my siblings which he had custody of so we can all stay together. I was having issues with a custody battle and the possibility of them getting split up which I didn’t want and he came to my rescue!! Mr. Schmitt is one of the best family lawyers and was able to keep me and siblings together thanks for all you have done for me and my family!!!
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Posted by Mike | October 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Helped me get my daughter back
I only had supervised visitation for 3 hours every other Sunday when I first hired Mr. Schmitt. Without an attorney I was not protecting my rights in court and was being taken advantage of. Although I was clean off of drugs for 5 years I still had a hard time getting my joint custody back. Mr. Schmitt was the only attorney I contacted that personally called me back and gave me advice without scheduling an appointment. He seemed very genuine and he offered pricing that was very affordable. I hired Mr. Schmitt with a deposit and a monthly payment. During the pandemic he worked with me when I lost my job and when I didn’t have the money for my payments he told not to worry about and pay when I can. He still showed up to every court date early and seemed to have a fantastic relationship with the judge. He is very knowledgeable, articulate and diligent. I deeply believe the satisfaction of helping someone get their child back means more to him than the money he receives. After passing a hair follicle test that was demanded by my ex and her attorney they still tried to deny my overnight visit request. Not only did Mr. Schmitt see to it that I got my overnight visit. I also got an extra overnight Fri-Sun and a weekly dinner visit not supervised. Also this will be the first Christmas Eve overnight to Christmas I’ll have with my daughter in 8 years. I cannot thank Mr. Schmitt for what he has done for me, my daughter, her sisters and my fiancé. Now that I am back to work I plan on paying him every dollar that is owed and will recommend him every chance I get. I wish I could give him 10 stars because 5 just does no justice for the service he provides.
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Mike assisted me with obtaining child support from my child's father. I received more than what I expected. Mike and his staff stayed in communication with me and kept me updated throughout the entire process. Extremely professional, he definitely made a stressful situation much more tranquil.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around
Back in November of 2018 I hired Michael Schmitt to represent me in family court for an order of protection I placed against my mother and one she cross petitioned. I also used him for 2 civil court cases against her and 1 civil court case for my business, as well as traffic court. I’d highly recommend. Mike is a no nonsense attorney. He gets stuff done and done right. He has been successful in all of my cases. After reading this nonsense bad reviews I had to post a good one. I can believe these people. Mike has never missed court or rescheduled on me. Mike is prompt and on time. When Mike is standing next to me in court I feel confident. Hiring him is the best thing I’ve done. I have used him in multiple courts and have been more than happy with the outcome. He is YOU’RE GUY. HIRE MIKE! I couldn’t of found a better lawyer. Honestly he should charge more for the hard work he performs. “besides me Mike” Best part is he calls me and doesn’t charge $75.00 for a phone call. He answers his phone and emails promptly. You won’t find a better family court-civil court-criminal law-traffic court attorney around. If you didn’t hire him yet you’re making your first wrong move in your court hearing already.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing divorce attorney
Mr. Schmitt is a amazing attorney, from the initial consultation I knew immediately I had the right person in my corner to fight for my rights. He offered me a low down payment and a reasonable monthly plan to fit my budget, offered me a flat rate which took the stress off as I could call, email, text and visit as needed without the worry of the bill going. Through the entire process he was honest and did not sugar coat anything, no empty promises just the truth! He has a amazing team that works for him and I am glad I made the decision to hire them.
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Posted by Joe | May 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mike Schmitt Custody Court review
After my breakup from my girlfriend, I contact Mike about my best course of action for custody and child support. He gave me a free 15 min or so consultation over the phone on the best practices that I should immediately do while I made up my mind on whether or not I needed legal representation, as it seemed my ex would reconcile and have some sort of agreeable, logical, mediation involved visitation for us both with our child. Unfortunately for me, and our child she did not, and I needed to petition the courts for custody. Mike represented me during the entire of the court proceedings, ending up going to trial with testimony, but my ex eventually agreed to a 50/50. This process lasted from about end of April 2015 till Dec 2016. Throughout the process Mike was available through emails, phone conversations, and text if I had any questions. Periodically we met to go over the case face to face. My ex started with the public defender but ultimately hired her own out of pocket lawyer to combat Mike’s efforts in the court. I had read the other reviews for Mike on this site stating he got into it with the judge, other lawyer etc. Please understand this is his job to stand up for you. You do not want a lawyer who will not object when the other council should be objected to. Mike is not simply going to lay down and let you be manhandled in court. You do need representation. Do not represent yourself. I recommend Mike Schmitt. Mike had payment options available after my initial retainer. You do not want to think afterward about a “what if” for not having good legal representation. I am 100% happy with the outcome of the court, and with Mike knowledge. I have asked him for advice even months after the conclusion, and he has always let me know what his recommendations are.
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Posted by Kristen | May 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Professional
Mike did an excellent job taking on my case at the last minute before the trial. He took the time to discuss the details even after work hours. His suggestions on handling some very personal and emotional communication matters were spot on! When it came to trial, Mike provided guidance and expertise that was invaluable. I highly recommend Mike for anyone going through a child custody matter.
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Posted by Rick | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike recently handled my Divorce case and I have to say that he was Fantastic. My case was fairly difficult and Mike navigated every step with ease, and confidence. It became particularly difficult at times as the attorney for my Ex would make completely inaccurate statements in court, and made accusations that were egregious at times. Mike knew when to respond, and most importantly when NOT to respond. He helped me stay strong, and offered me excellent direction on what documents I needed to provide to refute their allegations, he gave me easy deadlines to make, and was patient with me. Throughout the whole process, Mike demonstrated a great amount of Reason, when their side offered none at all. It was incredible as Mike laid out my case versus my ex's case - and Mike got me a settlement which includes A) A lump sum check for several thousand for the Buyout of our marital residence, B) my ex-wife has to pay me Child Support and Mike got me almost double what I was originally going to request, and C) Finally Mike also got me an agreement from their side that they will have to pay me half of a deferred compensation account my Ex had which will be another check to me in excess of $8 grand...... and Mike will absolutely represent me when it comes time to file that Qualified Domestic Relations Order. Mike and his Paralegals were very easy to communicate with, and quick to respond. (the office staff was great and very accommodating) and I would absolutely recommend Mike for someone going through a Divorce. Lastly was the cost and financial arrangement when I hired Mike. I was in a very tight position with finances when I started the Process (I Filed for Divorce against my spouse) Mike worked with me to set the retainer amount that worked, and allowed me a payment structure that took my needs into account (My needs and the needs of my two Little ones as well) Mike did not break the bank as some Lawyers can. he was very affordable, and made the whole process easy from start to finish. There is one word that sums up my experience working with Mike Schmitt - INCREDIBLE
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Posted by Peter | January 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
He is a great guy and an amazing lawyer
Mike will end all your distrust and annoyance associated with legal proceedings. He handled my divorce and did an amazing job keeping it out of court and getting me what I wanted. He was there to talk to the whole time and made me feel he was on my side by his comments and advice. He is now representing my girlfriend for her custody battle and he was the only lawyer we would contact to handle the case. He is truly a good person which is hard to find with people associated with the law in this country. Thank you Mike for everything you have done for me and for everything you are doing for my girlfriend.
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Posted by Meghan | August 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike is amazing !!! He's handling two child support cases and two custdity cases . he is also dealing with my charges in Greece and is helping my bf with his divorce . I spend a lot of time with mike in court and I can deffently say he's awesome!!! He always texted right back , e-mails and calls too .
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Michael returned my first contact very quickly and met with me that day. He has been very responsive so far and his rates are so reasonable it just didn't make sense not to use a lawyer for my child support case. I am very happy so far.
Posted by Rachel | January 3, 2015
Would Use Mike Again!
Mike Schmitt is experienced, perceptive, and knows how to work within the system quite well. He is responsive to your needs and questions and is available via text, email and phone. He gave me a great rate and we agreed upon a payment plan that worked well for the both of us. In addition, he did not disappoint during the court process and I was happy with the end result. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Amber | August 22, 2014
I highly recommend Michael
Michael is the very best. He works hard, makes sure you understand everything along the way, he is professional, he listens to every concern, very timely on responding to your questions, and fights for what is truly a win in your case. He is everything you can ask for in an attorney. I can't say Thank You enough for all you did for us. We had truly lost hope of ever winning any of the cases until you came and gave us a clean sweep. You restored in us that there can be fairness with the correct person on your side. I will forever recommend you to anyone needing an attorney that will work hard to for there clients. Thank you again for all your hard work and for making such an amazing attorney affordable to anyone. You earned 5 stars from us. We are team Michael Schmitt. Also a Thank You to Steve for making sure information was sent and received as well. This firm will get the job done.
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Posted by Maria | June 6, 2014
Amazing Attorney
Mike Schmitt is great! Very knowledgeable and reliable. Responds quickly to emails and text and the payment plan is very nice! Would highly recommend Mike Schmitt in any child custody case! Great attorney
Posted by Brian | March 6, 2014
5 stars!!
Mike Schmitt is very knowledgeable, has reasonable fees and payment plans, and was able to resolve my issues quickly and achieved the results I was looking for. Highly recommended!
Posted by kelly | March 2, 2014
Highly recommend!
I highly recommend attorney Michael Schmitt. Michael made my family court experience so stress free and he informed me with everything that was going on. He is very knowledgeable and knows right from wrong. He fights for you and stands up for you at all times. He always responds to my emails and is punctual for every court appearance. I will continue to use Michael for all my legal needs!
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Posted by dan | February 19, 2014
Completely Satisfied
I recently needed a lawyer for a criminal court case and i had the pleasure of working with Michael Schmitt. He was very knowledgeable with information pertaining to my case. He was courteous, prompt and treated me with respectful. He truly cared about my cases outcome and I would highly recommend Michael Schmitt to anyone looking for a lawyer. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case and very grateful for his assistance. With out having Michael Schmitt i could have ruined my future, however with his help he put me on the right track and for that i am very thankful. The entire time Michael Schmitt kept me informed with what was going on and never made a decision with out my consent.
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Posted by Heidi | February 8, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Schmitt is very reliable and knowledgeable in Family Court in which we obtained him for!!! Mr. Schmitt was up front and honest with us, and was also charged us reasonable price. What he set out to do for us resulted in all that we were looking for and then some!! We had many questions during this process and he always found time to answer our calls and e-mails, if any questions or concerns come up now he still answers them !! Mr. Schmitt is excellent at what he does and takes it all to a personal level I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Jeffrey | February 8, 2014
Michael David Schmitt
Michael represented me in a family court action. His services and responses to my questions timely and professional. I appreciated Michael's empathy towards my financial circumstances and willingness to work with me on a viable payment plan.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Michael D. Schmitt & Associates P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Romeo & Schmitt P.C.
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Monroe County Law Department
  • 2000 - 2005


  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • MATTER OF LEONARD E., V-11 (4-16-2010)
  • The Court finds that the maternal Great-Grandmother has not established extraordinary circumstances to retain custody of the child.


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 2014-2015 PRO BONO HONOR ROLL
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc.
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Michael
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Schmitt is one of the best family law lawyers in the Rochester area. He is also the most zealous advocate for clients. His strong belief that is he should fight for his clients rights and not give up just to settle a case, whether it be in a criminal case or a divorce of a family court matter. His knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. One of his greatest assets is that he is a former Monroe County Attorney handling hundreds of child support cases. No one is better sutied to handle a family court case in our area. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."

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Rochester Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael David Schmitt
Michael David Schmitt
Divorce and separation Attorney
Rochester, NY
Licensed for 25 years
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