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Linda Schmidt

Linda S. Schmidt

Special Counsel
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Linda Schmidt

Linda is special counsel with the litigation practice group in the firm’s Madison office.  She represents clients in complex commercial disputes and primarily matters involving insurance and reinsurance, constitutional and appellate issues.  Linda also advises clients on proposed state and federal legislation.

Linda helped develop the firm’s pro bono policy.  She currently serves as chair of the trustees for the Dane County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Trust Fund.

Before joining the firm, Linda was a member of the Government Affairs team at Swidler Berlin LLP (n/k/a Bingham McCutchen LLP) in Washington, D.C.  

Linda is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Stone scholar; member of the Parker School Journal of East European Law; Lowenstein Public Interest Fellow; and summer associate with the Public Interest Law Initiative in Transitional Societies (n/k/a PILnet), serving in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Linda is fluent in German

Representative Experience

Secura Ins. v. Lyme St. Croix Forest Co., LLC, 2018 WI 103, 384 Wis. 2d 282, 918 N.W.2d 885 (insurance; amicus curiae).

Zastrow v. American Transmission Co. LLC, 2018 WI App 51, 383 Wis. 2d 644, 916 N.W.2d 821 (statute requiring good faith negotiation by condemnor did not require negotiation over vegetation management).

Blesener v. Linton, 2018 WI App 21, 380 Wis. 2d 508, 913 N.W.2d 514, 2018 WL 1003689 (no liability coverage for misrepresentation and breach of contract claims based on faulty real estate condition report).

Marks v. Houston Cas. Co., 2016 WI 53, 369 Wis. 2d 547, 881 N.W.2d 309 (insurance; amicus curiae)

In re Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 496 B.R. 905, 2013 WL 3937021 (E.D. Wis. July 29, 2013) (RFRA and First Amendment shield Cemetery Trust from creditor claims).

Schinner v. Gundrum, 2013 WI 71, 349 Wis. 2d 529, 833 N.W.2d 685 (insurance; amicus curiae).

Lisowski v. Hastings Mut. Ins. Co., 2009 WI 11, 315 N.W.2d 388, 759 N.W.2d 754 (insurance; amicus curiae)

In re Saenz, 2007 WI App 25, 299 Wis. 2d 486, 728 N.W.2d 765 (failure to hold evidentiary hearing as soon as possible after issuing ex parte force feed order violated prisoner’s procedural due process rights).

Employers Ins. Co. of Wausau v. Century Indem. Co., 443 F.3d 573 (7th Cir. 2006) (question whether arbitration agreement between reinsurer and reinsured prohibits consolidated arbitration with other reinsurers is procedural issue for arbitrator).

Admitted To Practice

New York - 2004

Vermont - 2015

Washington, D.C. - 2005

Wisconsin - 2005

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
Dane County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
District of Columbia Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin
Vermont Bar Association
Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association
Wisconsin Defense Counsel


Dane County Bar Association Pro Bono Trust Fund – Chair / Board of Trustees (2016 - present)

Hilltop Montessori School – Vice Chair / Board of Directors (2014 – 2015)

Brattleboro Outing Club, Cross-Country Ski Committee (2014 – 2015)

Leadership Greater Madison (2012)

Insulindependence – Board of Directors (2011 – 2013)

V.A. Kids - Board of Directors (2008 – 2010)

Dane County CASA - Board of Directors (2006-2007)


Juris Doctor, Columbia University School of Law, 2003

Master of Arts, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, 1998

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

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