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My experience as a lawyer in Germany and the U.S. has given me broad exposure to the practice of law. And while practicing immigration law for over ten years has provided me with the opportunity to solve a host of legal problems, every consultation and representation continues to make me a better lawyer. Life can trigger a host of unanticipated legal issues and the possibility of solving these issues adds another wrinkle to the face of my experience. Adding to this, I myself have had to depend on a lawyer to represent me in an area where I knew little. This experience has given me a unique client perspective and insight into the anxiety and frustration clients often feel.


Languages spoken: German

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



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Contact info

1611 Telegraph Avenue
Suite 720
Oakland, CA, 94612


LAEligible to practice law200307/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner, AttorneySchmidt Law Group2008 - Present
Senior AssociateAzulay, Horn & Seiden2006 - 2008
Associate AttorneyThorelli & Associates2004 - 2006
Pro-Bono AttorneyLouisian Pro Bona Net2003 - 2004
ParalegalLitwin & Associates2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
German-American Business AssociationMemberN/A
German - American Chamber of Commerce of the WestMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bolante v. Achim, 457 F.Supp.2d 896Habeas Corpus: Dismissed but court expressed serious concerns about government conduct
EB-1 Green CardPermanent residence approved as Person of Extraordinary Ability
VAWA petition approved.Lawful permanent resident status granted by Immigration Judge
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawInternational Legal StudiesLL.M - Master of Laws1997
University of HamburgLawJD - Juris Doctor1994