Law Office of John P. Schmitz, P.C.

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An Interdisciplinary
Law Firm You Can Trust with proven results

Partner with the Law Office of John P. Schmitz to protect your assets.  Outside our practice areas, as an interdisciplinary firm, we have the resources and top qualified associate counsel to handle everything from tax, probate, estate planning, multiparty litigation, SEC placements, criminal defense, divorce, real estate, and personal injury.


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Intellectual Property Law & Litigation

Constant vigilance and firm agreements are necessary to protect your business's intellectual property - the life blood of today's business.  Whether you are opening a business or have a successful firm, we offer a diverse array of legal services to establish and preserve one of your most valuable assets — your IP.

IP is perhaps one of the most misunderstood, yet valuable assets in the business world.  For example, during business sales, the intangible IP is often the most valued asset to the buyer.  As part of the due diligence process, potential buyers review the legal steps utilized to protect the IP to assess the true value of the IP — and the company.

IP includes trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and more.  If you do not take the appropriate steps to legally protect your IP, your rights to it may be forfeited.  Count on our intellectual property law office to vigilantly protect your IP and teach you the steps you need to take internally to preserve it.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property Assets at Home and Abroad

We frequently appear in federal courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and foreign courts to vigorously protect our clients' intellectual property in the United States and abroad.  In fact, we have prosecuted and defended trademarks in almost every developed country.  One of our key focuses is assisting US companies and individuals and foreign companies with registering trademarks with the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  With our extensive network of international law firms, we help you prosecute your trademark abroad. Our legal office has been praised many times by foreign law firms for our extremely cost-effective management of US and foreign intellectual property.

We are proactive, searching out and seizing opportunities for our clients.  Our intellectual property law practice actively acquires IP for businesses while performing due diligence on proposed acquisitions, and we license IP around the world for businesses.  We help monetize your IP.

Corporate Governance & Litigation

Whether a company is well-established or just getting started, proper corporate governance is mandatory to help prevent costly claims against the corporation, officers, board of directors, and owners.  At our business law firm, we resolve corporate governance matters both simple and complex.  The procedures we have implemented for companies and other entities have prevailed against an array of legal attacks.  Furthermore, we perform due diligence on existing corporate governance plans and highly tailor plans to meet your needs.

Companies and entities must have clear procedures for their owners, board of directors, and officers.  Many of the duties that are required of owners, board members and officers are not known to the individuals, as the duties have become more relevant and salient, post the Great Recession of 2008.  To give you clarity, our business law team provides comprehensive counsel on issues ranging from the handling of reports from subcommittees to the interplay of boards with executives and owners and shareholder relationships.

We also counsel clients on matters regarding proper reporting structures, shareholder conflict resolution, and propriety information handling.  It is imperative for companies and other entities to have a sound corporate governance plan to keep liability at bay.  If an organization does not have procedures in place, the board members and officers can be held personally liable for their actions.

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Mergers and Acquisition

Over the course of his career, our lead business law attorney John P. Schmitz has handled numerous divestitures and acquisitions — totaling more than one-quarter of a billion dollars on the equity portion.  He is a former business analyst and chief financial officer who has a keen eye for a company's financial health.  Having spent years poring over balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and cash flow statements, Mr. Schmitz easily guides clients through complex legal matters, difficult personal decisions, and major changes.  In addition, Mr. Schmitz has performed leverage buyouts, private equity, hostile takeovers, shareholder disputed sales, shareholder litigation, and more.  Mr. Schmitz handles these matters at a fraction of the cost of larger firms. 

General Counsel

It is imperative that general counsel is sought for a legal opinion before large decisions are made.  We advise decision makers in businesses.  Often, without such legal opinion, companies find themselves in never expected, costly litigation.  We serve as general counsel to small, medium, and large companies that are as unique as your business. We take the time to learn about your business in order to provide sophisticated business agreements.  With a deep knowledge of your business, your officers, board of directors, and shareholders, we are able to provide unique and tailored solutions.

These solutions range from independent contractor agreements, outside vendor agreements, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and federal and statutory requirements - just to name a few.  Whether you are a start up company, or an established company, it is imperative that you seek legal advice from a skilled attorney in order to receive the correct advice from the very beginning.  Mr. Schmitz has the knowledge and experience in guiding companies through this often complex area of law.

Fine Art Law

In addition to corporate business law, our firm is pleased to serve the needs of artists, art buyers, and dealers.  Art is a growing field and it's evolved over the last fifteen years thanks to the internet and the increasingly global culture of the fine art world.  Art law is a unique subset of intellectual property law.  Artists and art galleries often run afoul of copyright law and find themselves on the losing end of a costly legal battle.  We help artists and galleries stay clear of these legal battles by advising them on the front side of what is legally allowed and what is not legally allowed.

Fine art has never been more sought after.  Investment advisers often advise the purchase of well-known artists against inflation; indeed, fine art has been proven to be a worthy investment in the past against both inflation, currency fluctuations, and increase in value. However, due to increasing economic uncertainty and the unique possibilities related to artwork investments, it's more important than ever to speak with a fine art business law firm, like ours, before making a big decision. When well negotiated, investing in art allows you to both enjoy the piece and potentially safeguard your hard earned money.  Contact us to learn how to avoid art law common mistakes before they become a legal battle.

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