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Wilfried P. Schmitz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Houston, TX

4.8   18 reviews

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Wilfried P. Schmitz is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and received this certification in 2000. He has practiced law for over 30 years after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.

Mr. Schmitz is a fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists and Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.

He is licensed to practice law in all State Courts in Texas, the Southern and Northern United States Federal Districts Courts in Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. His law firm serves Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, Brazoria and Liberty counties.

Licensed for 38 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1984
Updated 02/04/2023

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

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Wilfried P. Schmitz & Associates, P.C.
17040 El Camino Real Suite 400
Houston, TX, 77058


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Posted by Kierstin Smith | April 28, 2021
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Best Family Law Attorney
Mr. Schmitz is a fantastic attorney. I contacted his office to handle my high conflict case after hiring four other attorneys. My case was very messed up, and it was highly stressful. I was delighted with the results I got in the trial. Mr. Schmitz is very knowledgeable about family law. He taught me a lot as well; I will be graduating next week in paralegal studies. He returns phone calls and emails quickly. He is personable and helped me to calm down. Mr. Schmitz restored my faith in attorneys. His paralegal, Molly, is terrific as well. He is more expensive than other attorneys but well worth it. Do not waste money on other attorneys.
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Posted by Eric | October 6, 2019
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Couldn't Have Made a Better Choice!
I feel very fortunate that I chose Mr. Schmitz to handle my divorce case. He is extremely experienced, intelligent and insightful and he and his staff worked tirelessly to give me the best representation possible. No matter the complexity of the case, Mr. Schmitz will make organization out of chaos and explore every angle to advocate for your interests.
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Posted by J.L. | September 30, 2019
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Integrity,Excellence, Compassion
Mr. Schmitz successfully completed my divorce this year. I had consulted with other attorneys. I believe Mr. Schmitz was absolutely the best choice! You might find a cheaper attorney,but Mr. Schmitz's knowledge , expertise, and attention to detail will ultimately prevent problems. His experience and judgment will save you money. In addition Mr. Schmitz's staff were prompt , courteous , and friendly. No question was silly, just forwarded, and answered as quickly as possible. As often happens , I had problems occur late Friday afternoon. On at least two occasions Mr. Schmitz called me back on Friday night. He took his time ,and used his expertise and compassion to alleviate my fears. THANKYOU Mr. Schmitz for assuring my future! I wish you , your staff ,and your families the best.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2019
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Excellent Experienced Divorce Attorney
Mr. Schmitz took on my complicated divorce case which included business ownership and family trust and developed a great strategy. I was not only impressed with his family law expertise and experience but his business acumen relating to divorce was outstanding. When a situation would arise we would meet in his office and we would discuss a strategy, he would break down the issue with calming demeanor and explain our plan of action. I would always leave his office knowing and feeling comfortable that he was going to take care of any issue with a positive outcome. I would recommend this attorney to anyone knowing that they would be in great hands.
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Posted by Stuart | October 23, 2018
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50/50 Custody
Mr. Schmitz fought hard for my friend to protect his constitutional right to have equal possession of his children. Children need both parents equally. Thank you Mr. Schmitz for fighting for my friend and his daughters!
Posted by Scott | October 23, 2018
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Strong Tough No nonsense Attorney
Wilfred went above and beyond in my case. We were fighting an uphill Battle and in the end had a major Victory. He believes in Justice and fights for the rights of Parents. Have recommended and will continue to recommend him to every parent fighting for their rights.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Good Experience
Did not move forward, however was quick to return my call and the phone consult was very informative and free. Considering a referral of his in a different jurisdiction at this point. Mr. Schmitz is apparently very well reputed and was recommended to me by a concerned parent.
Posted by Karina | March 9, 2016
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Great Attorney!
Mr Schmitz has always provided me with excellent advice and service. He is extremely knowledgeable, hard working, trustworthy and compassionate. Going through a divorce is extremely difficult, especially when children are involved. Mr Schmitz and his staff have always treated me very kind and really listen to what is important to me. His ethical approach to child custody matters really sets him apart from other attorneys. Mr Schmitz always puts the best interest of the children involved first. Without hesitation, I strongly recommend Mr Schmitz. He really fights for you and your children and goes above and beyond for his clients.
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Posted by Ronda | March 3, 2016
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Practices law with integrity and dignity
What impresses me most about Mr. Schmitz is that he is smart, tough, and a formidable opponent, yet stays within the boundaries of integrity. He has a confident, commanding presence, and while working with him I was often struck by his extensive expertise. He always took the time to explain every step of the legal process to me in terms that I could understand, and consequently helped me get through one of the darkest events of my life with minimum anxiety. Even his office staff is kind, courteous, and very competent. If you are in need of legal assistance, then trust me, you want this team on your side!
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Posted by Jonathan | February 29, 2016
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Professional and Grounded.
If you are looking for a lawyer to feed your belly full of all the fluffy promises your heart desires keep looking. If however you want a lawyer that will be honest with you and set you with a realistic set of expectations, which he can and will deliver on; you will be hard pressed to find a better lawyer than Wilfried Schmitz. Wilfried was recommended to me by a very close friend who had worked with him in the past. My friend told me that he had used a different lawyer in the past on his case and that he wasted a lot of money because he should have used Mr. Schmitz the entire time. My case was to gain primary custody of my child due to a severe change in living environment with her mom. Wilfried was very deliberate and realistic in giving me a good idea of what to expect throughout the case and always gave advice that turned out to be true and helpful to the situation we were working with. Needless to say we won our case. I will absolutely use Wilfried Schmitz for any future legal needs and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of legal help.
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Posted by JB | April 14, 2014
A fulfilling experience
Mr. Schmitz is a smart and ethical lawyer who will be concern about your individual situation. He understands the emotional and physical turmoil that a person experiences during a divorce. Unfortunately I have experienced many attorneys in the past looking for their own best interests instead of the interests of the client. This would certainly not be the case with regards to Mr. Schmitz. He has also demonstrated high knowledge and experience in the way the legal system works.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2014
If you want a lawyer who will get the job done, don't look anywhere else!!!
I was in a complete crisis and Mr. Schmitz came through for me with no hesitation. I had a very difficult case and was told by several people including legal counsel to friends, that there was no way that I would be able to win. At the very last chance of something positive having to happen and walking into court for my trial, I had no idea what was instore. My ex and family just stared and smirked at me as I was in the court room waiting for the hearing to start. Soon after the hearing began and Mr. Schmitz, the mood of the whole room changed. Not knowing what lyed ahead as far as my life and what direction I was going to have to take, I knew what I was trying to prove was the right thing and Mr. Schmitz believed in my case as well. All I can say is as soon as we started and I watched him practice the law, I began to breath again and I sat back in my chair and I Just knew my prayers where answered. In my experience with having to find the right lawyer, there is nothing more fulfilling than having a lawyer who can represent you with the knowledge, wisdom, and guidance as I did with Mr. Schmitz, he not only helped win my case, but in my opinion taught a lot of people a valuable lesson of " It's not so much who you know, but what you know, and when it comes down to it , if you want a experienced, intelligent lawyer'whos not afraid to shoot you straight, I highly recommend you look no further.
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Posted by Beaver | June 13, 2013
Extraordinary case with a far better outcome than I expected - An attorney with integrity.
Wilfred Schmitz represented me in a divorce proceeding involving my adopted teenage son and his (biological) mother (my wife) who emotionally abused him and has now since deserted her son. I am also a business owner. The case was complex due to me being a business owner and extraordinary due to me, an adoptive father, getting custody of my wife’s child having only been married 6 years and being his adoptive father only 4 years. Despite the opportunity to pit one against the other, as most divorce cases present, Mr. Schmitz was level-headed, diligent, professional and primarily used a problem solving approach as opposed to a confrontational style. I never sensed he was only in it for the money. I was tempted to go to trial to prove the truth to the Court, which would have resulted in significantly more money for Mr. Schmitz. However, he advised me the settlement offered by my wife was an incredible opportunity and I’d likely pay her 3-4x more and run up significant legal fees if we went to trial. Additionally, I’d have to potentially split my business income during our divorce process which would have surpassed the settlement amount. Financially it was a grand-slam for me. Again, Mr. Schmitz, although compensated well during the process, could have earned double the fee if we went to trial and I’d have suffered a severe financial setback. As “wrong” as my wife had been it would have been easy for him to nudge me in that direction for his own benefit. Instead he had conversations with opposing counsel which resulted in a settlement that was incredibly favorable. He also could have easily tipped off opposing counsel of my financial position to serve his own financial purpose but he didn’t. My wife put forth a settlement prior to discovery being completed. Mr. Schmitz personally counseled me as well. He told me I couldn’t make her be a mother to her son. Paramount to him is the child’s vulnerability during the process. He frequently asked about my son. It was my only divorce, so his objective, experienced viewpoint of the process and my situation was priceless. His concern was genuine. She now lives 2 miles from her son with no contact; she repeatedly violates the divorce decree. If I engage a family law attorney again it will be Mr. Schmitz. He has proved to be a man of integrity. He is fair and is a comforting influence in a potentially ruinous situation. His staff was professional and considerate as well. With him as your counsel you will not walk away feeling like you were fleeced, either by him or your ex-spouse.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2013
What's in the best interest of the children.....
Mr. Schmitz helped me work through a situation where my ex had become VERY lackadaisical in her responsibilities of parenting. As an example, my child didn't want to come to my house after school. After a semester of school last year, he had approximately 38 zeroes and 40 other failing grades. This was his last year of Junior High and I could no longer stand by and watch the deterioration of what had been a very good academic career. The process was long and arduous and every case is different, but I felt like that Mr. Schmitz was very open, honest and didn't set expectations that were beyond reason. Go in with full knowledge that Mr. Schmitz won't be taking your case because he wants money. My impression is that he has been in practice long enough. That is not his driver. Mr. Schmitz wants what is best for your kids. He will be tough on you, because that is how he determines what the truth is. I worked with Mr. Schmitz for a year before he finally decided to take my case. It was not cheap, but I was integrally involved in my child's first year of high school. The custody papers were changed. And the freshman grades of high school improved dramatically. It's going to be close, but National Honor Society is pretty darned good and that was the expectation that was set at the beginning of the school year. My original lawyer was lazy and unorganized. Mr. Schmitz is a hard worker that works seamlessly with his staff. It helps if you are the same. Don't go thinking that you are going to give him your sob story, write a big, fat check and come back in 60 days and everything will be tied up in a bow. Treat this situation like - you have a certain amount of time and input before your kid grows up and there is a sense of urgency to get a problem fixed. If you need him, Mr. Schmitz or one of his staff will respond quickly. Give them the courtesy of doing the same. prepared to compromise. This is not about you "winning". It's about your child.
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Posted by Johnny | July 25, 2012
Upon being told to leave my home, I asked friends and business associates who they recommended for me to consult with, knowing there were divorce papers to soon follow this move demand. Wildred Schmitz was recommended many times over. From the beginning, Wilfred was methodical in his guidance through what became a mine field of very dangerous decisions. Wilfred and his staff were extremely efficient with their detailed presentation case facts in a jury trial. Being a complicated divorce, which took over 2 1/2 years to bring to closure, I feel they gave me appropriate time and attention. I was always represented me in a professional manner. Divorces are unpleasant for all parties. Through all the unpleasantires, I can truly say I am glad to have Wilfred Schmitz and his staff representing me. Wilfried and his staff did a remarkable job in bringing my case to a successful end.
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Posted by Jim | November 10, 2010
The best man for the job
Obviously going through a divorce is an extremely difficult time in ones life. I was a devoted father that was very involved in my children’s lives and was scarred to death of the prospect of losing my children. From the moment I first sat down and spoke to Mr. Schmitz I knew my children and I were in great hands. He took the time to sit me down and explain everything. He explained the process, what to expect from his staff and he, what to expect from the opposing side, trick the opposing side would try to play, how to handle every situation and what to expect after the divorce was final. Low and behold everything went just as he said it would. One of the most remarkable traits of his is that he honestly cares about you and most importantly the children of the divorce. It was incredible how prepared he was for everything that came our way. I walked away with sole legal custody of my children and we have moved forward and are all doing great. Thank you Mr. Schmitz for your professionalism, trust, honestly, comfort, communication and for taking care of my children and I through this most difficult of times! I would also like to thank you wonderful staff for all they did! I would highly recommend Mr. Schmitz for all you legal needs!
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Posted by James Kantara | October 24, 2010
Legal Support and Caring for Clients
Mr. Schmitz is experienced, trustworthy, thorough, diligent, communicative, honest, tenacious, relentless, approachable, empathic, kind, and genuinely cares for his clients. This, combined with his attention to details, his focus and determination, makes him a powerful asset to have on your side in legal circles. Mr. Schmitz and his office staff have helped and represented in court and have ensured that my rights and the rights of my children were protected and upheld. Mr. SChmitz and his office staff have served me and my children exceptionally well. Without hesitation and reservation, I recommend you use Mr. Schmitz for all your legal needs.
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Posted by James | May 21, 2012
Review of service
Found Mr. Schmitz on the internet, due to "Lawyer of the Year" title. Bad idea, I discovered. He told me it was my fault entirely for the bad family situation, without taking the time to get to know me. I proceeded to hire him anyway. When the opposing lawyer got tough, Schmitz became passive, and recommended I comply with the opposing party. He needs to become more aggressive as a lawyer, with more fight, in my experience. I hired a female attorney downtown, who was not afraid to go 'toe-to-toe' with opposing attorneys. She carefully researched a difficult and unusual situation for me, while showing me empathy and concern. With her help, I won the case, and was awarded my legal fees. If I had stayed with Schmitz, I would be still be paying for something the law does not provide. My advice: check around first!
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Wilfried P. Schmitz & Associates
  • 1984 - Present


  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Texas Christian University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A


  • Galveston County Family Law Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar College
  • Fellow
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Houston's Top Lawyers
  • H Magazine
  • 2010
  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2000

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Houston Divorce and separation Lawyer Wilfried P. Schmitz
Wilfried P. Schmitz
Divorce and separation Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 38 years