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William J. Schmidt Partner

Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6209Fax 215.789.7609
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Bill Schmidt is a senior partner in the Subrogation Department and handles matters for various clients throughout the continental United States. Over the past 35 years, Bill has tried subrogation cases to verdict in more than a dozen different jurisdictions. Prior to becoming a full-time subrogation practitioner, Bill defended cases for various insurers. His defense experience gives him a unique perspective and adds value to his work for his subrogation clients.

Bill's extensive trial experience allows him to handle many different types of cases from assignment through verdict. He has developed a reputation as a “problem solver,” and is looked upon as someone who can satisfy even the most demanding clients. When a case cannot be resolved short of trial, Bill is the person clients call upon to present their case to a jury.

Representative Matters

  • Litigated an $8M matter involving a commercial warehouse fire in Virginia
  • Handled several multi-million dollar losses involving train derailments in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia
  • Litigated $15M loss involving a fire which destroyed a residence in Maryland while working closely with counsel who filed two wrongful death lawsuits arising from the fire
  • Tried a $1.7M case to verdict in Indiana in 2016
  • Involved in subrogation claims arising from the Bernie Madoff investment fraud matter
  • Handled numerous fidelity subrogation matters including multi-million dollar matters in Pennsylvania and Florida
  • Handled numerous multi-million dollar losses involving product failures, including dehumidifiers and HVAC equipment
  • Tried a $1.4M case to verdict in Maryland in 2014

Recognition & Involvement

Bill was selected in a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers from 2011- 2017. He has also been AV® rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system. He was elected as an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Bill has been recognized for his pro bono work with the Homeless Advocacy Project in Philadelphia over the past 20 years.

While in law school, Bill was selected for the Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif upon graduation. He also served as the student director of the Legal Assistance Program, assisting prisoners with post-conviction petitions and appeals.

Practice areas

Bar and Court Admissions


New Jersey

New York


University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, 1982

Dickinson College, BA, cum laude, 1979

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