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John Schmitz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Denver, CO

Law Offices of John P. Schmitz, P.C.
1001 Bannock St, Suite 426
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-219-9430
Fax: 1-866-690-3005
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2018
Licensed in Colorado Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Business/Corporate, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Litigation
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Attorney Profile

John Schmitz practices business law including corporate governance, shareholder disputes, intellectual property, general counsel, divestitures and mergers and acquisitions. Born and raised in Colorado, he is licensed in both in Colorado and California.

Mr. Schmitz is a dual trained attorney - meaning he practices business law, as well as litigates necessary business matters.  It is a rare find that an attorney can both address business issues and litigate.  Mr. Schmitz can guide you through the length of the transaction and/or the dispute. He provides you a completed product from development of your legal positions, managing legal matters through completion including any necessary litigation.

With a finance degree, experience as a financial analyst for a major bank, and serving as a chief financial officer, he has an intimate knowledge of financial issues. He understands the effect of actions on balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and cash flow.  Mr. Schmitz can guide you through difficult business decisions with due regard to the legal, regulatory, and financial considerations.

During a client’s engagement he is in constant contact, responsive to their issues and questions. He develops and explains options and then expertly executes the client’s decision.  Before any litigation, he is a savvy negotiator who minimizes his client’s time and money spent on legal issues.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Schmitz has successfully concluded numerous transactions including divestitures, mergers and acquisitions and legal opinions. These transactions total more than a half of a billion dollars on the equity side and around two billion dollars in gross sales.

A member of the Colorado Bar Association, Mr. Schmitz is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Colorado Boulder, Mr. Schmitz received a Juris Doctor from New EnglandLaw | Boston in 2005.  Mr. Schmitz clerked for Chief Federal Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in the 1st Circuit.

Outside his practice, Mr. Schmitz enjoys art history, rowing, and downhill skiing.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Business/Corporate
  • 30%Intellectual Property
  • 30%Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 10%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2018

About John Schmitz

First Admitted: 2005, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.schmitzlegal.com/about-law-office-of-john-p-schmi...

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • University of Malta - Foreign Study International law and EU compliance, 2002
  • Graduate of law school top 1/3 %., 2005
  • Colorado Bar Association, 2021
  • Colorado State Bar, 2006
  • United States District of Northern California
  • United States District Court of Colorado
  • Licensed by California State Bar, 2005 Licensed by Colorado State Bar, 2006, 2005

Educational Background

  • University of Colorado Leed’s School of Business – Finance, Bachelor of Science Deans List all semesters, 2000
  • University of Malta - Foreign Study Studies in International Law and EU Compliance Law, 2002
  • New England Law Graduated top 1/3 of class. Dean's List all semesters, 2005

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed in California in 2005 Licensed in Colorado in 2006, 2005

Transactions

  • Closed a multi-million dollar deal for the sale of a young business entity highly involved with game applications., 2021
  • Performed multiple corporate reorganizations for a wide variety of companies to protect against liability., 2019
  • Mergers & Acquisitions totaling more than over $500 million dollars on equity portion in small and mid-cap firms and 2 billion dollars on gross sales, opinions and due diligence.

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Favorably settled on client's behalf on the ownership of a multi-million dollar trademark and the industries it may be used in without violation of antitrust regulation.  , 2021
  • Consummated a multi-million dollar deal that entailed the sale of a company with intricate intellectual property., 2020
  • Solved a 9 month multi-million dollar dispute via informal mediation., 2020
  • Arbitrated a trademark infringement case with a successful outcome for our client., 2020
  • Over 4 favorable verdicts in major Intellectual Property litigation spanning years of litigation.
  • Successfully defended copyright infringement matter from a willful infringer.  Result was the protection of client's valuable copyrighted video., 2019
  • Successfully defended copyright infringement matter from a willful infringer.  Result was the protection of client's valuable copyrighted video., 2019
  • Settled large trademark infringement action protecting client's multi-million dollar trademark against a foreign company.  Result was a large monetary settlement to my client.
  • Lead counsel on successful arbitration bringing matter to satisfactory conclusion regarding breach of contract and illegal use of client's Intellectual Property., 2016
  • Co-counsel in successful multi-million dollar jury trial award for breach of employment contract.2009, 2009

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lecture on Corporate Governance relating to preventing disputes amongst closely held business entities., Invited Lecturer , Business Law Institute, Corporate Governance And Application To Trusts And Taxation, 2021
  • Guest lectuer copyright, Guest lecturer, Copyright Law, University Of Colorado

Representative Clients

  • Kept a client out of a multi-million dollar shareholder dispute by incorrect valuations of corporation., 2022

Industry Groups

  • Apparel
  • Apps
  • Computer Software
  • Electronic
  • Graphic Design
  • International Manufacturing
  • International Trademark & Trade Dress Litigation
  • International/Domestic Shipping
  • Marijuana Business Matters/Disputes
  • Venture Capital

Comments

  • “Ethical and highly competent.”
  • “Excellent attorney! ”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for John Schmitz

1001 Bannock St
Suite 426
Denver, CO 80204

Phone: 303-219-9430

Fax: 1-866-690-3005

Last Updated: 6/28/2022

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