Gregory R. Schmitz
Orlando, Florida 32819
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA
Juris Doctor, with honors, 2011
Class Rank: Top 25-30%
Honors: Book Award for highest grade: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Book Award for highest grade: Comparative Constitutional Law
Order of Emory Advocates Award for excellence in trial advocacy: 1 of 7 students
Dean’s List, Fall 2010
Regional Arbitration Competition Team, Member
Semi-Finalist at the Georgetown University Law Center Regional Arbitration Competition.
Activities: Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, Senior Director and Vice President
Emory Law Student Ambassador
Student Legal Services, Member
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 2008
Double Major: Political Science and Criminal Justice
Honors: President’s and Dean’s List 2007-2008
Littler Mendelson, Orlando, FL
Labor & Employment Litigation Associate, July 2016 to Present
Acted as the second-chair attorney in a dispute involving a surgeon’s non-compete/non-solicitation agreement and successfully conducted direct and cross-examination of witnesses at trial.
Independently arbitrated over a dozen claims on behalf of large national hospitality client from inception up to final hearing.
Counseling the firm’s clients on preventative measures aimed at reducing employment-related claims and handling all EPLI hotline advice calls in Florida.
Baker & Hostetler, Orlando, FL
Labor & Employment Litigation Associate, February 2015 to July 2016
Successfully litigated as the first-chair attorney at a labor arbitration involving an employee termination and assisted with collective bargaining negotiations.
Deposed plaintiffs, conducted discovery and drafted motions in opposition to class certification in several nation-wide FLSA class actions.
Mediated discrimination, harassment and commercial litigation cases on behalf of the firm’s clients.
Fisher & Phillips, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Labor & Employment Litigation Associate, March 2013 to February 2015
Drafted motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss, statements of position, motions in limine, appellate briefs and post-hearing briefs.
Second-chair attorney at several labor arbitrations and second-chair attorney in a three-day trial involving a home healthcare sales representative.
Deposed third-party witnesses in preparation for trial and conducted on-site employee interviews.
Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue and Mclain, Orlando, FL
Litigation Associate, April 2011 to March 2013
Drafted discovery motions, memorandums of law, dispositive motions, jury instructions, opinion letters and appellate briefs.
Prepared cases for trial in the areas of medical malpractice, commercial litigation, products liability, general liability, and under the FLSA.
Deposed expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases and defended clients at depositions.
The United States Bankruptcy Court: Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Federal Judicial Intern for the Honorable Margaret H. Murphy, Spring 2011
Researched, analyzed and drafted legal memoranda regarding complex business litigation along with Chapters 7, 11 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Drafted orders and opinions under the direct supervision of a judicial law clerk.
Attended and assisted Judge Murphy at hearings and trials.
The Ferraro Law Firm, Miami, FL
Summer Associate, Summer 2010
Drafted complaints, prepared trial exhibits and responded to discovery motions.
Assisted managing partner at depositions, hearings and at trial.
Advised and interacted with clients throughout all stages of the Complex Mass-Tort litigation process.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Federal Sector Division, Atlanta, GA
Federal Judicial Intern for the Honorable Donna N. Dawson, Chief Administrative Judge, Spring 2010
Composed decisions and orders in employment discrimination cases.
Conducted extensive research and writing in all areas of employment law.
Attended and assisted at hearings and settlement conferences.
Proficient in Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Conversant in Spanish.
Cross country running, deep-sea fishing and golf.