A member of the firm's Appellate Litigation subgroup, James Goldschmidt practices in the areas of appellate litigation and public utility regulation, with an emphasis on crafting legal briefs in the context of civil and regulatory appeals. He also represents clients in complex civil litigation, including environmental and insurance coverage disputes.
Mr. Goldschmidt's appellate practice experience spans some two dozen fully briefed appeals, including:
- Petition, briefing, and oral argument in Wisconsin Supreme Court on behalf of juvenile defendant sentenced as adult.
- Briefing in Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Fox River Valley, Wisconsin, manufacturer in nationally known environmental liability litigation.
- Briefing in Wisconsin Court of Appeals on behalf of indemnitee seeking recovery for indemnitor’s and insurer’s breach of duty to defend.
- Briefing in Wisconsin Court of Appeals on behalf of beneficiaries in litigated trust dispute.
- Briefing in Wisconsin Court of Appeals on behalf of property owner in complex construction litigation.
- Briefing in Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of pro bono criminal defendant, resulting in reversal of 20-year conviction.
- Amicus briefing in Wisconsin Court of Appeals regarding insurers’ duty to defend under Wisconsin law.
On the regulatory side of his practice, Mr. Goldschmidt has assisted public utility clients in the following representative matters:
- Representation of public utility client in regulatory appeal relating to net metering rates for customer-owned generation.
- Representation of public utility client in regulatory appeal relating to cost allocation for fuel conversion at cogeneration plant.
- Representation of public utility client in general and special-purpose rate cases.
- Investigation of warranty claims relating to defects at generating station.
- Recovery of public utility's costs in spent nuclear fuel litigation.
Mr. Goldschmidt's experience in matters of complex civil litigation include:
- Analysis of sources and applications of insurance and indemnity recoveries in multilateral litigation.
- Expert witness preparation in nationally known environmental liability litigation.
- Briefing and argument on motions involving numerous aspects of federal pre-trial practice, including complex choice of law analysis, privilege disputes, custodial designations, subpoena compliance, and sanctions.
Prior to joining Quarles & Brady, Mr. Goldschmidt volunteered for the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee in the area of consumer credit transactions.
- Class Action Defense
- Litigation & Dispute Resolution
- Financial Institutions Litigation
Education and Honors
- Harvard Law School (J.D., 2012)
- Harvard University (A.B., summa cum laude, 2009)
- Phi Beta Kappa Society
- Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize (Outstanding Scholarly Work or Research)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2013
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2013
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
Professional and Civic Activities
- State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
- Seventh Circuit Bar Association (Member)
- American Bar Association (Member)
- Outagamie County Pro Bono Truancy Program (Volunteer Attorney)
- Center for Urban Teaching, a Milwaukee-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying, training, and supporting high-quality urban educators (Member of Board of Directors)
- Ad Parnassum, Inc., a not-for-profit music education organization (Board Member)
- Abundant Life Ministry, a faith-based, non-denominational, non-profit organization providing housing, vocational development, and life skills training for at-risk individuals and families (Member of Board of Directors)
- State Bar of Wisconsin – Pro Bono Honor Society (2013, 2015)
- Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars Edition 2016 (Appellate)
Selected Published Decisions
- State of Wisconsin v. Toliver, 2014 WI 85, --- N.W.2d ---