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Laurie Ann Schmidt

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About me

This firm is dedicated to providing high quality criminal defense and family law representation.  I have spent my entire career in a courtroom representing clients in front of judges and juries in both criminal and family law (divorce/child custody) matters.  You can expect our firm will take the time to assess your goals to help you determine which course of action is right for you.  Our firm’s philosophy is for individual attention not assembly line representation.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%



Hourly ($275-375/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

21 total 

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    You can't go wrong with Laurie. She knows the law and how to make it work for you.


    Christopher McLane Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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    I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. Laurie has been among the best that I've had the privilege to train and mentor. As a California lawyer, I can say that Colorado's gain is my loss.


    Ted Lee Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
DUI/DWI 10 BestAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2016
10 BEST ATTORNEYS FOR COLORADOAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
10 BestAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Certificate of CommendationRiverside District Attorney2010
Certificate of CommendationRiverside District Attorney2010
Certificate of CommendationRiverside District Attorney2009
Certificate of CommendationRiverside District Attorney2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal attorneyLaw Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt2012 - Present
Of CounselThe Lee Law Group2012 - 2012
Deputy District AttorneyRiverside County District Attorneys Office2008 - 2012
AttorneyLee, Bazzo, & Nishi, LLP2006 - 2008
Law ClerkOrange County District Attorney Office2005 - 2005
Certified law StudentChildren's Rights Center2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
Alliance of Professional WomenMember2015 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseAffiliate Member2014 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationAffiliate Member2013 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense BarAffiliate Member2012 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationAffiliate Member2012 - Present
North Orange County Bar AssociationAffiliate Member2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. JDdismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVOColorado DUI Penalties2013
Environmental Rights ReportDeforestation on Indigenous Lands2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College for DUI DefenseDUI defenseintensive summer session curriculum2014
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of NebraskaFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Instituto Tecnologico Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey, Mazatlan, MexicoSpanish and Latin American StudiesCertificate1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ask An AttorneyLegal Advice with Laurie Schmidt2014
Moderated by JackFMAsk a Lawyer with Laurie Schmidt2013
Mock trail CompetitionPresenting Your Case In Court2012
Vender MeetingAssisting developmentally disabled persons through the criminal court process2011
Navigating the Judicial System For the Family AdvocateDevelopmentally challenged adults in criminal courts2011