Scott A. Schmidt focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, wealth management, state and federal taxation, and family law. Mr. Schmidt has assisted many individuals and families of all kinds in all stages of life in planning their estates and preserving and growing their wealth. He also counsels clients on the tax implications of their estate plans and prepares tax returns for individuals, families, estates, trusts, partnerships, LLCs and corporations. When family relationships change either due to death or divorce, Mr. Schmidt assists clients as counsel in actions for dissolution of marriage or in administration of trusts or probate estates.
Mr. Schmidt has over a decade of experience in the financial industry.
Mr. Schmidt also provides counsel to corporate officers on general business-related issues of law, prosecutes and maintains corporate trademarks, and defends corporate trademarks from infringement.
Prior to founding Schmidt & Lerner, LLC, Mr. Schmidt litigated product liability cases as national or regional trial counsel for several product manufacturers and suppliers. He has defended hundreds of cases in twenty-seven states from inception through negotiated dismissals or trial. He has also drafted many agreements including sale of business interest, license, and franchise agreements, and he has litigated issues connected with these types of agreements.
Prior to becoming a member of the Illinois Bar, Mr. Schmidt worked for several years as a paralegal for a large Chicago law firm and was exposed to many areas of the law working with kind and talented attorneys whose influence still informs his practice of law to this day.
Mr. Schmidt graduated from The John Marshall Law School where he served as a staff editor of the John Marshall Law School Review of Intellectual Property and as president of the school’s chapter of the Federalist Society. Mr. Schmidt graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Philosophy.
Mr. Schmidt is married with two daughters and lives in the Northwest Suburbs. He is an avid Chicago sports fan and when not spending his free time with family, he can be found cheering for the Fighting Irish.