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Douglas M. Schmidt Sr.

Personal injury Attorney at New Orleans, LA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Doug Schmidt, Douglas Schmidt

  • State Years
    South Carolina - SC 36 years
    Louisiana - LA 45 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2015
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2016

About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

As an attorney for over 40 years of practice experience and running my own firm, I have a passion for the legal field. I am licensed to practice in Louisiana and in South Carolina; thus, I can practice both civil and common law. Louisiana has the most class actions and tort disasters of any other state. 

My family has been practicing law for over 250 years, my great, great grandfather established the first law school in Louisiana. His brother was also the Supreme Court Justice of Sweden.

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Location

Attorney At Law
335 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA, 70119-4321

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Reviews

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Posted by P. Thomas | June 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Responsive
Hired Mr. Schmidt for my car accident. He helped with the property damage by finding a repair shop and then helped me with my physical injury. His staff is responsive and great to work with!
Posted by Raymond | May 26, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attorney
Douglas Schmidt is an outstanding lawyer. He is very knowledgeable. I worked and consulted with him many times. His ethics are outstanding and he works very hard on each case.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would recommend
I was very pleased with the legal representation that I received from Mr. Schmidt and his staff. I would recommend him highly to anyone who has legal problems. He gave me excellent advice and guided me through every step of the process. Mr. Schmidt was always available to take my calls and always made me feel like my questions and problems were important to him. He made me feel like my case was a high priority. I would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful outcome and staff!
During such a tragic event, Mr. Schmidt helped me tremendously. The doctors he sent me to were kind, helpful, and conveniently located close to my office. The staff was there every step of the way!
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2015
Great attorney and staff
Mr. Schmidt and his staff were extremely helpful every step of the way. I was in a car accident with 2 other people, he helped me find a doctor for my neck and shoulder injury and found a physical therapist close to my work so I could receive treatment during my lunch break. My settlement was fair and he helped me handle me recover money for my property damage!
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2014
This lawyer fought hard for me.
Mr. Schmidt helped me and got me a great settlement. He knew exactly how to handle the insurance company and I am very happy with his work.
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2014
great lawyer ,excellant resukts
I retained Mr.Schmidt for a persomal injury case. Several lawyers turned me down. Mr. Schmidt won the trail and I received over 8 million dollars in the verdict. Very professional and great communicator! Mr. Schmidt truly cares for his clients.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016.

Reciprocal - Reprimand issued in LA, 2016
updated on 05/22/2020

This means the attorney did something wrong in another state, but can still practice law in Louisiana. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Douglas's comment: “This was instigated by a defense law firm 2005 RR Wreck . This was not as a result of a complaint from a CLIENT! I have never been disciplined because of a CLIENT'S COMPLAINT. I filed lawsuits for these clients, because they had settled their cases without the benefit of a lawyer. The railroad took advantage of these clients, in my professional opinion. The client's did not give back their money before filing suit to get these very low settlements overturned. I WILL ALWAYS FIGHT INJUSTICE!”

Public Reprimand issued in SC, 2015
updated on 05/20/2020

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Douglas's comment: “South Carolina is where the complaint started, see comment above on Louisiana. In most states, if not all, the client is not required to return settlement money before trying to overturn an unjust settlement amount. Most of these people had spent the settlement money and could not return it. There was also some case law, where the client did not have to return the money before filing suit. This all resulted from a terrible train derailment in 2005 in which many lives were lost due to chlorine.”

Reciprocal - Reprimand issued in LA, 2008
updated on 05/20/2020

This means the attorney did something wrong in another state, but can still practice law in Louisiana. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Douglas's comment: “This discipline was not brought by a CLIENT! This was a complaint from an attorney not associated with the case. He was asked by a defense firm to look into the matter and file a complaint. This stemmed from advertising in the newspaper. The main substance of the complaint was that I did not include my law office location in the advertisement. This was from the 2005 Graniteville Train Derailment in South Carolina. This wreck resulted in the loss of many lives due to chlorine exposure.”

Public Reprimand issued in SC, 2007
updated on 05/20/2020

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Douglas's comment: “This discipline was not brought by a CLIENT! This was a complaint from an attorney not associated with the case. He was asked by a defense firm to look into the matter and file a complaint. This stemmed from advertising in the newspaper. The main substance of the complaint was that I did not include my law office location in the advertisement. This was from the 2005 Graniteville Train Derailment in South Carolina. This wreck resulted in the loss of many lives due to chlorine exposure.”

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Douglas M. Schmidt, APLC
  • 1978 - Present

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Louisiana State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1968

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dale Dennis, etal vs. C.F. Industries, Inc. No. 67,243, 23rd JDC Court for the Parish of Ascension
  • $50 million

Associations

  • Round Table Club of New Orleans
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • LA Alpha Alumni Chairman & Alumni House Corporation Chairman
  • 1968 - Present
  • Eastern United States District Court of Louisiana
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Knights of Columbus Chapter 9415
  • State Parliamentarian
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Knights of Columbus Chapter 9415
  • State Chairman for Right to Life movement
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Knights of Columbus Chapter 9415
  • State Legislature Liaison
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Knights of Columbus Chapter 9415
  • Lecturer
  • 1987 - 1987
  • Knights of Columbus Chapter 9415
  • President
  • 1986 - 1986
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Russian
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Honors and Awards

  • Recognizing Excellence in Corporate and Transnational Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Recognizing excellence in Personal Injury Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018

Publications

  • Clarion Herald New Orleans
  • Pro-Life
  • 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • Mobile, AL BP Conference
  • BP Oil Spill Forum
  • 2017
  • BP Forum
  • BP Oil Spill Forum
  • 2015
  • Commencement Speaker
  • Graduating Seniors High School
  • 2006
  • Know your legal rights
  • Norfolk Southern Train Derailment
  • 2005
  • Know your legal rights
  • Lake Charles Plant Explosion, Arcadian
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Class action Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When it comes to class action litigation, Doug Schmidt is both knowledgeable and professional."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is not afraid to stand up to big corporations like BP. Through the BP Gulf Oil Spill litigation, which continues to this day, he has shown that he will go til the end fighting for his clients. He has negotiated many economic loss claims and is just ramping up for personal injury litigation."
Class action Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have work along side Douglas Schmidt for several years and find him a unbelievable attorney, Douglas is smart, persuasive, resourceful, and creative. Aside form those skills he is very charming and likable. Douglas, in short, is an asset to the legal profession in the New Orleans Area."
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Douglas Schmidt is a very terrific lawyer! I have been associated with him on many cases and consulted with him as to laws and procedure. His work ethic is unquestionable and ethics are beyond reproach. I recommend him to any client and any attorney that needs help in bringing a case to settlement and/or trial."
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New Orleans Personal injury Lawyer Douglas M. Schmidt Sr.
Douglas M. Schmidt Sr.
Personal injury Attorney
New Orleans, LA
Licensed for 45 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016. See details