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Peter Schmit

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Robins Kaplan LLP
800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-349-8500
Fax: 612-339-4181
Selected to Super Lawyers: 1999 - 2006, 2010 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 1998
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Peter Schmit is a partner at Robins Kaplan LLP and the chair of the firm's national personal injury and medical malpractice group. Certified as a specialist in civil trial law by the Minnesota State Bar Association, he focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation from the firm's main office in Minneapolis. In that regard, he provides representation to clients throughout the state and other areas of the Midwest who have been harmed by the negligence of other persons or entities. Although Mr. Schmit's experience is broad, his primary emphasis is on medical malpractice cases involving misdiagnoses, hospital negligence, and medication and surgical errors.

Some of the representative results that Mr. Schmit has obtained include a $3.1 million settlement for a man who suffered a brain injury as a result of an anesthesia error, a sizable settlement in a wrongful death case involving the overprescription of pain medication, and a $2 million wrongful death settlement stemming from a delayed diagnosis of cancer. It is for these and other successes that Mr. Schmit has earned the high esteem of his peers, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Schmit is quite active in a variety of legal organizations. A past president of the Minnesota Association for Justice, his other memberships include the Hennepin County Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Association for Justice. His legal education came at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude and was inducted into the Order of the Coif at his graduation in 1989. Mr. Schmit is admitted to practice in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin and before several federal courts.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death


21 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 1999 - 2006, 2010 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 1998

Certificates and Credentials

About Peter Schmit

First Admitted: 1989, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Urban Leadership Committee
  • Campaign for Legal Aid
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS)


  • Named a "Minnesota Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers (1999-2006, 2010-2018)
  • "Top Ten Award," Minnesota Law & Politics (1996) 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2016-2018 editions)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ramsey County Bar Association 
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association for Justice (formerly Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association), Past President
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Wisconsin
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys, Minnesota
  • American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • American Bar Association
  • International Society of Barristers

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist 

Educational Background

  • University of North Dakota, B.S., Criminal Justice, magna cum laude 
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Office Location for Peter Schmit

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-349-8500

Fax: 612-339-4181

Last Updated: 2/9/2022

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