About Pat

Deep experience in product liability and litigation

Pat Schmidt advised clients on product liability, toxic tort, personal injury litigation, and commercial and intellectual property litigation matters. His clients benefited from his practical and working knowledge of mechanical engineering, machine design, warnings, kinematics, ergonomics, biomechanics, metallurgical, accident reconstruction and related principles. Pat also was experienced with damages concepts across a broad range of commercial, intellectual property, product liability and personal injury matters.

Experience in Action

  • Tried cases in 19 states and defended cases in an additional 20 states, plus the District of Columbia.
  • Served as national counsel for crane, forklift, tool, trailer, motorcycle and dock-leveler manufacturers.
  • Served as Wisconsin counsel for manufacturers of automotive, industrial, construction, truck, agricultural, consumer and other products.
  • Defended consumer class action litigation.
  • Executed plaintiff and defense work in high-stakes commercial and IP litigation.
  • Counseled manufacturers on product design, intellectual property, warnings, safety, record retention and related issues.

Professional Recognitions

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2008–present: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • One of 331 lawyers listed in An International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member of TIPS and Product Liability Subcommittees)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)
  • Bar Association of the 7th Federal Circuit (Member)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (Sustaining Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
  • Industrial Truck Association Lawyers Committee (Member)
  • Numerous pro hac vice admissions nationwide

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