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Christopher Ryan Schmidgall

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Merrillville, IN

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 21 years
    Indiana - IN 21 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2002
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

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For more than fifteen years, Christopher Schmidgall has protected the lives of people who find themselves caught in the tangled machinery of criminal prosecution. With the skill and determination he’s demonstrated throughout his life, Chris offers them the help they need to get their lives back in order.

Not long after graduating from Valparaiso University Law School, he set to work defending the rights of people who otherwise couldn’t pay for his service. It’s a role he’s proudly kept for the past decade as a public defender in Gary City Court.

He now regularly sits as a judge pro tem, while also making sure that his clients can go about their daily lives without the terrible stress that one small mistake may have brought into it.

A devoted husband, father and congregant of Christ Lutheran Church, Chris believes in carrying forward the principles of Garry Weiss, and builds his life around ably serving his clients and neighbors.


The Law Office of Weiss & Schmidgall, PC
6 W 73rd Ave
Merrillville, IN, 46410-3802

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Posted by Steve | September 23, 2014
Knowledable Bankruptcy Attorney!
After I suffered a significant change in my income I went and met with Attorney Schmidgall regarding filing for bankruptcy. I was nervous at the thought of having to file for bankruptcy but after speaking with him I felt relief. He explained that I would be able to get a fresh start. I felt that he had my best intentions at heart. He returns my call promptly to answer all questions and concerns I have and his staff is knowledgeable and helpful as well. I have and do refer all my friends to him for their legal matters and they have been pleased with his services as well.
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Posted by Fred | July 22, 2013
Helpful and Honest
Chris, in all my dealings with him has been responsive to any questions I have ask, even when referring me to someone else when I need help with a problem outside his state . His Follow up is excellent in showing interest even in projects he has advised me to send to another attorney . When his office is acting on my behalf the results have always been speedy and satisfactory. I would highly recommend him as his advise has been invaluable to me.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2011
A Great Attorney!
Chris Schmidgall handled my expungement and sealing cases in Indiana relating to charges that were either dropped or dismissed by the Court. While several other attorneys would not even call me back, Chris immediately stepped in and took initiative to help me and my family out. Specifically, he thoroughly investigated all the legal elements of my case and frequently consulted with his legal assistants on the matter to prepare the best motions and petitions possible. To say it simply, his legal motions are excellent and he strongly argues the law. In addition, he sends copies of everything to the client for his/her review and incorporates that feedback into his legal framework. Aside from the legal arena, he has a very friendly demeanor and is always asking what he can do to help. Without any reservations, I would strongly recommend Chris Schmidgall to anyone needing criminal defense assistance or other legal help for which he is qualified. You will not regret it.
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Work Experience

  • Public Defender
  • Gary City Court
  • 2005 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Weiss and Schmidgall PC
  • 2002 - Present


  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Illinois State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998


  • American Board of Certification
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
  • Associate Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Christ Lutheran Church
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Council Member for Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights Section
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Financial Education Project
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney
  • American Board of Certification
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Criminal Law
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a very personable attorney who is one of the top bankruptcy attorneys in Northwest Indiana. I am happy to refer my clients to Chris when they need a financial fresh start as I think they will be, and have been, very well represented by Chris."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Schmidgall is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who represents his clients with the utmost integrity."
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