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A Solid Reputation in the Legal Community




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A Law Firm With a Proven Track Record in the Gulf Coast

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At Douglas M. Schmidt APLC, we pride ourselves on doing the best job possible and pledge to tirelessly pursue every dollar available for you. Upholding the rules, standards, and principles of international law, we assist clients with legal issues such as personal injury, business and law disputes, and legal malpractice.


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Get to Know Douglas M. Schmidt

Hans Christian Schmidt (1756–1822) is the patriarch of the family and Douglas's great, great grandfather. Coming from a family that has deep roots in the judicial system in Louisiana. His place in the legal community is indeed well-deserved as he has dealt with mass disaster and class action litigation cases. He is also a certified public accountant who has received millions of dollars for his clients in his 40 years of practice.


As an attorney with over 40 years of practice experience and running his own firm, Mr. Schmidt has a passion for the legal field. He is licensed to practice in Louisiana and in South Carolina; thus, he can practice both civil and common law. Louisiana has the most class actions and tort disasters of any other state.


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  • Jesuit High School, Class of 1968

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  • Undergraduate School; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana B.A. Degree, 1974

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  • Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, J.D., 1978

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  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1978, Member in Good Standing Since That Time
  • South Carolina State Bar Association 1988, Member in Good Standing Since That Time
  • Admitted to Practice in the Eastern United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Admitted to Practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • Admitted to Practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Admitted to Practice to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice to the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Experience in Mass Disaster and/or Class Action Litigation

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  • Undray D. Ford, Et Al. Vs. Ernie Elsbury, Et Al. Civil Action No. 902-4154, 14t Judicial District Court, Parish of Lake Charles. Served As Liaison Counsel and on the Steering Committee for Over 5,000 Clients.
  • In Re: Train Derailment Near Amite, Louisiana, MDL No. 1531, United States District Court for the Eastern District. Represented Over 185 Clients in Said Litigation.
  • In Re: Chemical Release at Bogalusa, Case No. 73,341, 22nd Judicial District Court for the Parish of Washington. Represented Over 100 Clients in Said Litigation.
  • Dale Dennis, Et Al vs. C.F. Industries, Inc. No. 67,243, 23rd JDC Court for the Parish of Ascension. Served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.

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  • Geter, Et Al v. Conoco Phillips, Inc. Case No. 2003–481, 14th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Calcasieu Consolidated With Thibodeaux v. Conoco Phillips Case No. 2003–0481. Served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and Represented Approximately 7,000 Clients in Said Litigation.
  • Graniteville Train Disaster, Graniteville, South Carolina, 100 Cases Filed in the 2nd Judicial District Court in Aiken, South Carolina. Represents Approximately 650 Clients Who Were Injured in a Toxic Discharge of Chlorine Gas After a Train Derailment.

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  • In Re: Vioxx Litigation, MDL No. 1657 United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Represents Approximately 50 Clients.
  • In Re: Medtronic Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 1657 United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Represents Approximately 29 Clients in Said Litigation.
  • In Re: Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 05–1708 United States District Court District of Minnesota. Represents Approximately 25 Clients in Said Litigation.

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  • In Re: Welding Rod Litigation MDL No. 1537, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio: Represents Approximately 200 Clients in Said Litigation.
  • In Re: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, Southern District of West Virginia.
  • In Re: FEMA Formaldehyde Products Liability MDL No. 1873, Eastern District of Louisiana. Representing Approximately 6,000 Clients in Said Litigation.
  • In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon MDL No. 2179, Eastern District of Louisiana. Representing Approximately 1,000 Clients in Said Litigation.

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Mission Statement

To be a dynamic, client-focused organization oriented toward growth and recognized for excellence in the legal services field by creating measurable value for our clients in the accomplishment of their legal service needs through the unique application of innovative, consistent, and dependable services.

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Our Values

Integrity: We work with clients and prospects openly, honestly and sincerely. When we say we will do something, we will do it; when we say we cannot or will not do something, then we will not do it.


Excellence: We are satisfied with nothing less than the very best in everything we do. We will continue to raise the bar for everyone. The great fun here will be for all of us to discover just how good we can really be.


Innovation: The principles that insure our business success. We embrace the use of technology to help us run our business and improve the quality of services we provide our clients. Keeping up with tomorrow is as important as being great today.


Respect: We treat clients, opposing counsel, Court staff and the Court as we would like to be treated ourselves. We do not tolerate abusive or disrespectful treatment. Ruthlessness, callousness and arrogance do not belong here.


Communication: We have an obligation to communicate. Here, we take the time to talk with one another... and to listen. We believe that information is meant to move, and that information moves people.

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