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Walter A. Schmidlin III

Contracts and agreements Attorney at Smithfield, NC

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 22 years
    North Carolina - NC 24 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Walter

Learn Walter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    Mr. Schmidlin uses his knowledge of contracts and the construction industry to draft and review construction contracts, as well interpret them in determining defaults. Mr. Schmidlin's trial experience allows him to put his client's in the best possible negotiating position.

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Mr. Schmidlin writes, reviews, and interprets contracts, many construction related, in order to benefit his clients by concentrating on often over-looked details.

  3. Criminal defense
    Mr. Schmidlin handles federal and state criminal matters including traffic violations. As a former assistant district attorney, Mr. Schmidlin is familiar with the inner workings of the criminal justice system enabling him to achive optimal results for his clients.

  4. Litigation
    Mr. Schmidlin is an experienced trial lawyers for hundreds of bench trials and more than 60 jury trials.

Winning at the trial level is important, but winning before the trial level is more important.

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Contact Walter

Stewart, Schmidlin, & Bullock, PLLC
P.O. Drawer 120
115 S. 3rd Street.
Smithfield, NC, 27577


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Britney | June 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Schmidlin is the best!
Mr. Schmidlin represented my Real Estate company in a case against a disgruntle tenant. He had vast knowledge of the law. He was meticulous, witty, focused and exudes confidence. Everything you could want when you hire a lawyer. You will not go wrong if you hire him! He's amazing!
Posted by Laurie/Erik | September 25, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, Great Man
We were referred to Walter from another attorney. From the initial consult to the end of the case, he never changed his attitude towards us or the situation. He treated us with respect and kindness every time we talked via phone, email or met in his office. Walter is a not a lawyer who will tell you what he thinks you want to hear to keep him retained. He is brutally honest throughout the whole process. He will help you 100% if he knows he can. If he can't, you will know immediately. He is great to have on your side. His office staff is professional and courteous. You are treated like family the moment you walk in the door. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!!
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Posted by Matt/Brittany | June 20, 2015
Hands down best lawyer in Johnston County!!!
Understands and argues the law very professionally. If you need a hash mark in your win column, contact Walter!! Made us feel confident in our case and always assured we were in goods hands!
Posted by Jim | May 22, 2015
Review for Walter A. Schmidlin III
My highest possible recommendation! Few things in life can leave you more rattled that a legal problem, where you have no knowledge and can only fear the worst. Walter eased those fears at our first meeting. He was through and to the point in determining the situation of the case and it's probable outcome. He was clear from the start about what would take place, both the good and bad, but left me certain that he cared about us as people, not just clients, and that he wanted to see justice done. It was a long and difficult process but one he never gave up on. In the end, he achieved exactly what he said he would and we never felt like our case was on his back burner. Again, my highest possible recommendation!
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Posted by Alanna | April 16, 2014
I owe everything to Walter
Walter's persistence, confidence, intelligence and experience far exceeded any expectations I could have ever had. Not only does he handle the case like a pro, but went above and beyond even after he fulfilled his duties. He believes in justice and will fight for you till the end. I was so lucky to have found him. Thank you Walter!
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2014
Hiring the right Lawyer is Imperative
One of the most stressful ordeals you can go through is to face a legal matter and hiring the right attorney is imperative. I was referred to Walter Schmidlin and for good reason! His persistence and knowledge combined generated a successful outcome in my case. His communication with judges, law enforcement and state legal representatives is a valuable asset that sets him apart from a large pool of attorneys. In addition, Walter Schmidlin’s staff provides superior service by returning phone calls in a timely manner, assisting with any additional questions or concerns you may have and overall has a willingness to help attitude. Walter Schmidlin’s, integrity, intelligence and dedication is why I refer him to anyone that would seek the best possible outcome for their case.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2014
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Walter Schmidlin was excellent to work with during my case. He is very knowledgeable, and will leave no stone unturned researching precedent for a case. I felt very well represented in his care, most especially in the courtroom, where he is far from subdued, but is very shrewd and, if I were to put my self into the prosecutor's shoes, a bit intimidating. I am very satisfied with his work, counsel, and guidance, and would recommend him to anyone. His paralegal, Kimberly Watson is also a fantastic liaison, and is also very knowledgeable and helpful, and was great giving strategic guidance throughout my case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2009
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We are very happy with Walter and the services he has performed for us as a Corporation. Walter has been able to get resolution on many issues that other (BIGGER) firms seem to drag their feet. It is refreshing to get your calls returned in a timely basis. Walter has proven himself as an excellent lawyer but also what I would term as a team member. There is no surprises - just results. Thanks Walter.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2009
Biggs HVAC Inc.
I have known Mr, Schmidlin for over five years. He has been our company attorney since our initial meeting. He is very dedicated to his clients and well respected in the community he serves. His staff is eager to assist my company in all of its needs in a timely and efficient manner. Mr. Schmidlin has always treated myself or anyone I have recommended to his office with genuine care and concern. I am always amazed at the broad range of law his firm deals with. I would highly recommend Mr. Shmidlin and his firm.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Stewart and Schmidlin, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Anderson and Jones, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office - 11th District
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office - 2nd District
  • 1999 - 2002
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  • Rutgers School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1999
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Contract negotiation
  • No trial - just negotiation


  • Scholarship Committee - Johnston County Bar
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Johnston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Law Review
  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • 1998


  • Rutgers Law Journal
  • Are New Jersey Cops Worth Less?
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Constitutional Law Day
  • Constitutional Law Issues
  • 2012
  • Annual Construction Law Conference
  • Criminal Matters Arising in Construction Cases
  • 2007
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • BLET - Legal Updates for Law Enforcement
  • 2006
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • BLET - Legal Updates for Law Enforcement
  • 2005
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • BLET - Legal Updates for Law Enforcement
  • 2004
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • BLET - Legal Updates for Law Enforcement
  • 2003
  • Beaufort County Community College
  • BLET - Legal Updates for Law Enforcement
  • 2002
  • Beaufort County Community College
  • BLET - Legal Updates for Law Enforcement
  • 2001
  • Beaufort County Community College
  • BLET - Legal Updates for Law Enforcement
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Walter
General practice Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Great lawyer, great person. Trustworthy, efficient and professional. Walter and I have worked jointly on many legal matters with amazing success. I have worked with Walter jointly on several criminal and civil matters with amazing success, If you have a matter of any kind in Smithfield, go to Walter's office."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Walter is an outstanding attorney who I have been recommending to clients for years. He does great work for his clients and out of the literally dozens of people that I have recommended to him I have never heard a single complaint. Do will continue to recommend him in the future and always feel confident that he will provide the best possible representation."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Walter is zealous advocate for his clients. I highly recommend him to those in need of a real litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Walter is thoroughly knowledgeable in State and Federal criminal matters. He is a skillful advocate and a tenacious fighter for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Walter is an excellent attorney. I would use him for any legal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Walter Schmidlin is a former assistant DA (in multiple counties), a skilled civil lawyer, and an excellent criminal lawyer. As a former prosecutor, he is keenly aware of how the government builds its case. As a criminal defense lawyer, I've known him to always have his clients' best interests, and also as a defense attorney who has an excellent reputation as a trial attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Walter recently completed a jury trial of a difficult civil matter, involving fraud in the sale of a house, and he obtained a very good result for the client. It was wonderful verdict, resulting from his hard work, while being opposed by very competent counsel. I am glad to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Walter Schmidlin for more than 6 years and he has always done a superb job for each and every clinet. He is fearless in pursuit of what is in his client's best interests."
Business Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Smithfield Contracts and agreements Lawyer Walter A. Schmidlin III
Walter A. Schmidlin III
Contracts and agreements Attorney
Smithfield, NC
Licensed for 24 years