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William Patrick Schmitz Jr.

Workers compensation Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.9   38 reviews

also known as Direct: 312-820-2600, Cell: 217-305-5380

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About William

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William P. Schmitz, Jr. ("Bill") is a results-driven attorney dedicated to obtaining justice for victims of workplace accidents, motor vehicle collisions, and various other personal injuries. Not only is Bill a tenacious and highly skilled advocate, he deeply cares for his clients' interests, and recognizes the detrimental effect(s) accidental injuries and incidents involving negligent third parties can levy on injured persons and their families.

Bill is recognized for his commitment to service; securing financial compensation on behalf of hundreds of injured persons; favorable results for his clients at trial, arbitration, and through settlement negotiations across the State of Illinois; and his general prowess as an injury lawyer representing victims and their families.

SuperLawyers: Rising Stars
(Illinois, 2022)

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
(Illinois, 2022)

Avvo: Clients' Choice Award
(2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Bill is proud to be part of the renowned legal team at Malman Law. For over 25 years, the injury lawyers at Malman Law have successfully represented over 25,000 injured people, recovering over $400,000, for victims and their families. With multiple offices strategically located throughout Illinois, Malman Law is dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured, regardless of location or circumstance.

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Licensed for 6 years
State IL
Status Active and Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2016
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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4.9 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
Posted by Rachel | February 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Work comp.
Bill (william) was very helpful! I have never been in a situation to need a lawyer and he helped me every step of the way. He made a very stressful work injury less stressful for me. Without Bill representing me I would not received pain medication or the surgery I needed. Thank you for all the help!
Posted by Brandon | December 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
William did a great job. He always responded to any questions I had in a timely manner and really got things done. Really appreciate all his help and will recommend him to anyone I know who needs help with an injury. Thanks again for everything
Posted by Jeff | October 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill Schmitz
Mr.Schmitz represented me in a work comp case he was superb in every aspect of his job from the beginning,his passion to help others is 2nd to none .I was without ttd pay he fought got it no time lapse at all !! Mr. Malman completed his team when he hired you !! Thanks Bill throughout the long process your hard driven work shines on !! Your THE MAN!
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Posted by Carol Neybert | July 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Workers Compensation
Mr. Schmitz is an amazing attorney. He went above and beyond while representing me on my workers comp case. I would definitely hire him again. Thank You Mr. Schmitz.
Posted by Bryant livingston | June 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Workmen's comp
He has been very Thorough and explained every step of what needed to be done and how it was going to be done excellent job I’m very pleased.
Posted by Sean | May 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a day!
From our original hearing time scheduled at 9am all the way to finishing our new hearing at 3pm my day sure was made by Bill! After constant delays due to other parties Bill used our extra time wisely and helped me build a better case at the Malman Law Offices! Not to mention told some funny stories, got me prepped for questioning at the Daley Center, and potentially a better outcome than originally planned for my Workers Comp Case! Bill rocked out like a rock star for my hearing on May 23rd and I appreciate all his insight and help with my case.
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Posted by Joseph | May 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill fought for me and I’m grateful!
Bill came out n my case after my first attorney left the firm and he quickly got engaged and contacted me about my case, which due to Covid and other issues had dragged on for over two years. From our first phone call I was delighted at his enthusiasm to resolve my case and his professionalism. Bill not only fought to get me $30,000 more than was offered, he even got me reimbursed $1500 on an unpaid bill after we accepted the amended settlement! His resolve and candor is exceptional and I’m grateful for his hardwork and commitment to representing me and will definitely recommend him to my family and friends.
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Posted by Dedrick | April 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best Lawyer
I Truly Appreciate Bill & His Hard Work Through The Case I Could Have Chose Anybody Else But I Heard About His Pass Cases & I Had To Try Him Out & It Was A Success Thank You For Everything
Posted by Bryce | April 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Took the stress out of my personal injury cases
Last August, I was in a car accident while riding in a driving-service vehicle that resulted in multiple hospital visits and a surgical procedure. I knew I needed to get a personal injury lawyer involved, and that’s when I found William. William has been an absolute pleasure to have as my representation. He has kept me updated throughout the legal process, and has made everything extremely easy for me to understand. He has been quick to respond, and I can’t emphasize how much of a relief it has been to have such a stand-up attorney working with me. He has never made me feel silly for asking a million questions, and always gives clear and concise answers. I recommend William to anyone and everyone involved in a personal injury accident. I feel he has really gone above and beyond for me.
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Posted by Chad | January 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill was with me every step of the way!
Couldn’t ask for more courteous service and great effort every step of the way from Bill would hire him and recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Stephanie | August 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal Attorney
William Schmitz is the picture perfect attorney. I could not have asked for a better person for the job. Not only did he take the time to consult me legally, but he took the time to get to know me personally and ease my fears. He breaks down each step of the process so that you are 100% aware of what is going to happen and what could possibly happen. William does not beat around the bush with the legal advice which I appreciated. He did not sugar coat any of the information and gave accurate dollar amounts as well as time frames as to when things could happen. He was very accommodating to all of my questions and concerns and took extra time to explain each of my questions and go into depth of what it meant. I am extremely grateful to have such a caring and personable attorney.
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Posted by Blessing | August 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You!
Mr. William Schmitz was definitely a life saver! He definitely helped me with my case and I couldn’t appreciate it more! Especially during this pandemic, he was still there for my case. There were days I wanted to give up but he encouraged me not to! He has a good spirit and soul and lately I’ve been referring him to people who has been in car accidents or have car issue. Just want to say thank you for all of your hard work and for not giving up on me! Definitely will work with you again in the near future! May God bless you all.
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Posted by Tim | June 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A freaking semi!
Absolutely amazing. I was hit by a semi pulling a stage as a independent contractor.. I was given a friend's recommended attorney and he was awful I was lost and confused my back was really messed up. I was about to give up and I met Mr.Schmitz and WOW my options opened and he walked me through it like a child across the street. I had a million questions and he never neglected to follow up with me. Settled out of court and I'm VERY happy. If you see this bill My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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Posted by Dominique | June 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I just want to say, Thank you to William Schmitz for being an Amazing support to helping my daughter and I in the pursuit of handling our case and winning. He has a great attitude, works together with you as the client, to be sure you are okay and in understanding of his next steps in the case, a really genuine whole some honesty individual. Thanks again William Schmitz for all you hard work and great attitude.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
He was a very good lawyer and very kind and responsive. He always got straight to the point and made it nice and clear where you could understand him
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Work Comp Case
We are very pleased with the outcome of our case, even though it was a longer fight than anticipated. Covid slowed the roll of things a bit, but that was out of everyone’s hands. We were fighting a workman’s comp/statute of limitations case. We had what we needed to get a fair outcome, we just had to go through the back and forth until we met in the middle. Bill was great with providing the information we needed and then took time to explain things the “why” or the “why not” so we could make an informed decision of how to proceed. He gave us honest advice and opinions based on what would be in OUR best interest. We would certainly reach out to him again should we need representation in the future.
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Posted by Yessenia | September 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever!!!
William has done an INCREDIBLE job as my lawyer. He has fought tooth and nail for me to win me as much as possible. With any other lawyer we would have been leaving money on the table. Not with Billy. He has thought of and went with every angle possible to allow me to take home as much money as I could. If you go with William you will not regret it.
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Posted by Greg | September 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
William has gone above and beyond to help my wife during her case. He has worked his butt off to get as much money as possible to help her with her injuries. If we had any other lawyer I am certain we would be missing out on thousands of dollars. Due to William's determination and persistence we are able to settle this case, pay the medical bills, and have extra left over. Thanks William!
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Posted by Tom | August 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Work Injury
Bill was great in explaining things that most of us not versed in legalese understand. Really pleasant and courteous every time we talked. Real asset to the firm
Posted by Bradley | July 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
He was very professional, and easy to get ahold of. I’m very satisfied and would recommend.
Response from William Schmitz July 9, 2020
Thanks, Bradley. I am glad I was able to be there for you to help you through your case and I appreciate the recommendation!
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-33%


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Malman Law, PC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Spiros Law, PC
  • 2016 - 2020


  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • University of Iowa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2013

Legal Cases

  • Shoulder Surgery - Disputed Restrictions - Truck Driver
  • $217,500.00
  • Shoulder Surgery - Union Worker
  • $195,000.00
  • Semi Blows Stop Sign - Soft Tissue Injuries
  • $130,000.00
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  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2020
  • University of Illinois Law Review
  • Managing Internet Editor
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 40 Under 40 - Illinois - Civil Plaintiff
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Excellence for the Future Award; Illinois Constitutional Law
  • The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • National Law Day: DHS Pro Bono
  • The First Amendment
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse William
Workers compensation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known William (Billy) since our days at the University of Illinois College of Law. Additionally, we both worked as Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 Law Students at the Champaign County State's Attorney Office during law school. Billy was an outstanding student and extern at that office, and I witnessed his hard work ethic first hand. It is clear that Billy's work ethic has only sped up after law school assisting clients on workers compensation and personal injury matters. I am honored to give Billy this well-deserved endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill Schmitz is a highly-sklled, personable, and well-spoken advocate for his clients. I have had the opportunity to work directly with Bill on a number of occasions. Bill has an uncanny ability to connect with his clients and put their minds at ease during difficult times. Bill's ability to explain complex legal issues that arise in personal injury or worker's compensation matters in a manner that can be understood by the general public is second to none. Bill is not afraid to go nose to nose with insurance companies and stand up for his clients through trials and the appeals process. I highly recommend Bill to anyone who has been injured, whether it be at work or due to someone else's negligence."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Other
"I knew William from law school and reached out to him regarding questions about appellate court practice, as he has successfully argued difficult cases at that level. He was able to answer all of my questions and provide additional strategic advice. I highly recommend William, he is very knowledgeable and aggressive."
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