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About Charles E. Schmidt, Jr.

Practice Area: Personal Injury

A life-long resident of Harrisburg, Mr. Schmidt graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in 1965, the University of Notre Dame in 1969 and Dickinson School of Law in 1974. Between college and law school, he served in the U.S. Army. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1974 and the Federal Bar in 1979.

Mr. Schmidt is a former panel chairman of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Disciplinary Committee and a former Special Master in Dauphin County (a lawyer who is appointed to act as a judge, taking sworn testimony in divorce cases and rendering decisions). He also has served as a member of the Medical Malpractice Advisory Committee to the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. He holds professional memberships with the American Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He is the former president of the Central Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers and a member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He was also selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® from 2010 – 2023 and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs every year since 2010. Schmidt has also been selected for inclusion in the list of ‘2015 Top Rated Lawyers in Personal Injury Law’ by The American Lawyer magazine.

Mr. Schmidt has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Dickinson School of Law. He also has participated in numerous seminars and lectures on ethics, legal malpractice, and topics relating to civil litigation. Mr. Schmidt is a board member of the Harrisburg YMCA, East Shore and the Vietnam Veterans Association of America.


Admitted to Practice

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1974)
  • US District Court for the Middle District of PA (1979)
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of PA (1992)
  • US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (1997)


Bar Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Cumberland County Bar Association


Organizations & Committees

  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
    • Former member of Board of Governors
  • American Association for Justice
  • East Shore YMCA
    • Board of Directors
  • Central Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
    • Former president
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Dauphin County Special Master
    • Former master
  • Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Disciplinary Committee
    • Former panel chairman
  • Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Medical Malpractice Advisory Committee
    • Former member


Memberships & Accomplishments

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers – Personal Injury Law (Plaintiff)
  • Super Lawyers – Top 100 in Pennsylvania
  • Super Lawyers – 2010-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America – 2010-2023 Years
  • Best Lawyers in America – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” for Harrisburg, 2016-2017
  • Top Rated Lawyers in Personal Injury Law
  • Central Penn Business Journal “Best Lawyers in America”
  • Susquehanna Style “Select Lawyer”


Education History

  • Bishop McDevitt High School—1965
  • University of Notre Dame—1969
  • Dickinson School of Law —1979