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Robert W. Schmidt

Discrimination Attorney at Austin, TX

4.6   8 reviews

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Licensed for 33 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/23/2022

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Crews Law Firm, PC
701 Brazos
Austin, TX, 78701-3258

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Posted by Vinny | April 27, 2015
Very Happy w/Bob Schmidt and Crews Law Firm
I have the highest recommendation for Bob Schmidt and the Crews Law Firm for employment law. I never thought I would be in a situation to use his services and questioned myself when I first called. Bob was able to immediately to stop the process the company was taking against me and have the company address their questionable actions. Throughout this process I was able to keep my position an additional six months and receive a substantial settlement which I thought was fair. From start to finish Bob was professional and empathetic to my situation. What impressed me and was most helpful was his ability to assist me to understand my situation better, my position in the case, potential outcomes and overall how he managed the settlement. He was extremely responsive when needed and kept me up to date with any proceedings or developments. I highly recommend Bob for any employment law case.
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Posted by D.G. | February 2, 2014
Great lawyer. Better person. Fights for the 'little guy' in an environment most hostile to little guys.
Bob Schmidt, is a plaintiff only employment attorney in the state of Texas. If ever there were a crap job in the legal profession, Bob's is IT! Bob Schmidt is knowledgeable, honest, personable and even friendly while being tough as nails. He's in a role that is - to put it plainly - thankless and that stacks the deck against him and his clients as a matter of default status. The state of TX makes it difficult for the employed (or recently unemployed) to hold employers accountable for their wrongdoings and misconduct, primarily because it's a state that openly and unapologetically values providing an environment most suitable and most attractive to corporate interests. Texas essentially tells businesses to, "move your company here, because it's a corporate free-for-all and responsibility to the employed is not what we're about, so feel secure to know you have no accountability when it comes to the cogs in your corporate wheel; the pawns on your corporate chess board." In spite of this, Bob Schmidt shows up every day to work on behalf of the people that Texas and its corporate buddies would just as soon cast aside as if they weren't real people at all. Bob not only shows up, but he comes to fight - but with an approachable disposition and warm demeanor. I liked him personally, but could tell that he wouldn't be pushed around by even the biggest corporate juggernaut. Within 15 minutes of meeting Bob, I knew that I had happened upon a great decision. And interestingly, it was only after I had met with him initially that I heard several glowing recommendations from his peers working in Austin as employment attorneys. It was only after our initial meeting, as well, that Bob continued to be accessible to me (as he promised in the initial consultation) and provide me with expert counsel, without requiring additional payment. All this came in spite of the fact that his recommendation throughout was for me to look for a non-legal solution, which is ultimately what I obtained. Bob is an all around great guy and a fantastic attorney. I would recommend him to anyone who feels that "the man" has unjustly stuck to him or her in the workplace. He truly goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide excellent counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2013
Bob is awesome!
Bob settled my lawsuit recently and was so patient with me through the whole process. He was caring and kind, and never gave up on the case even though it took a long time to settle. There were times I wanted to give up because of the stress of the lawsuit, but Bob believed in me and my case and truly wanted to help me get the justice I deserved. I am so glad that I got Bob as my attorney, and I am so relieved he settled my case. Because of Bob, I am hopeful that my past employer will not ever treat another employee like I was treated.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2012
A unique breed of attorney
It's hard to find an attorney to represent employees (not employers). Bob Schmidt is a unique breed of attorney. Bob's knowledge of Texas employment law is unsurpassed. He set realistic expectations from the beginning and he guided me along every step of the way of the appeals process. I highly recommend Bob for employee representation.
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Posted by William | December 17, 2011
Thorough, responsive, Integrity
Mr. Schmidt spent a good amount of time speaking to me and informing me of the entire process- what to expect, what they may say, etc. During the hearing, he asked a lot of questions to draw out the truth/facts of the matter from my previous employer. I liked that he kept me updated and returned my calls and believed in my case. He also checked up on me- Bob really does care and at the same time he was all business with the handling of my case. Most of all, he took the stress away from this situation so I could focus my attention to other matters.
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Posted by Becky | September 23, 2010
The BEST employment attorney around!
Bob Schmidt is absolutely the best! He was extremely thorough in the handling of my case. He was very responsive with his follow up to any of my concerns or questions. He was very knowledgable about the law and what my rights were. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Pineau | January 12, 2010
Great lawyer!
Very solid on the law and facts. Really concerned about me and my case. Best lawyer in Texas!
Posted by John | August 3, 2013
This Guy is NO big time Attorney, Small Claims Court
I tried to hire Mr. Schmidt to fight a lawsuit for me vs. a very big employer or institution. He was both feet forward at first but then got cold feet. I think he was probably afraid of a suit this size. We had a rock solid case against a big medical institution but Mr. Schmidt chickened out and wouldn't take the case. If you were going to small claims court, he might be a good attorney but anything that means anything, stay away from this guy. He'll grab your $250 consultation fee and run.
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Response from Robert Schmidt November 22, 2013
I’m very sorry you had a bad experience. We met one time and I had no idea you felt this way until I saw this review. I fight against big and powerful employers every day and care about my clients very much. Although I don’t want to comment about your situation here, I can’t take every case and unfortunately employment laws do not protect employees in many situations. There was obviously a misunderstanding and I would like to talk to you. Please contact me at my office.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Howard & Kobelan
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Texas Ethics Commission
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Texas Attorney General's Office
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Assistant Legislative Counsel
  • Texas Legislative Counsel
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Locke Purnell Raine Harrell
  • 1989 - 1992
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Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2009
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University Texas
  • BFA
  • N/A
  • Oklahoma City University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
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Associations

  • Texas Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Austin Bar Association Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • LGBT Rights Section
  • LGBT Employment Law Issues
  • 2014
  • Texas Employment Lawyers Association
  • Litigation Practicum: Trial Preparation and Techniques for Telling the Client's Story
  • 2013
  • Statewide CLE
  • Litigation Practicum: Trial Preparation and Techniques for Telling the Client's Story
  • 2013
  • Employment Job Seekers Network
  • Employment Law In 'The Real World'
  • 2013
  • Central Texas Compensation and Benefits Association
  • Are We Going To Be Sued? A Plaintiff Employment Lawyer Tells All!
  • 2013
  • Statewide Training Seminar
  • Collier v. Texas Tech University Verdict
  • 2012
  • Labor & Employment Section
  • Electronic Discovery Issues in Employment Litigation
  • 2012
  • Job Seekers Network
  • Employment Law 101
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob knows the law and is deeply committed to securing the best results for his clients. I've been impressed by his work product and his work ethic both. He cares deeply about his clients, and simply does not give up. His representation of individuals is an inspiration."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob does a great job, and treats his clients with kindness and respect. I couldn't recommend him more."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent, dedicated advocate."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert Schmidt is without a doubt one of the smartest, talented, most genuine and committed attorneys I have ever met. A great human being and a great lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob is as conscientious as he is kind. He is a fierce advocate for the rights of his clients, and brings to the fight his uncompromising character and legal knowledge. I refer cases to Bob because I know that he will handle my clients' matters with skill and dedication. This is a lawyer you can trust."
Employment and labor
Employment and labor

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Austin Discrimination Lawyer Robert W. Schmidt
Robert W. Schmidt
Discrimination Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 33 years