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Michael J. Schmitt

Michael J. Schmitt
Attorney
Location:
Paintsville, KY
Phone:

877-270-4221 (Toll-Free)

Fax:
606-789-3790

Email:

Michael J. Schmitt

Areas of Practice

  • Medical and Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Employment and Civil Rights
  • Coal, Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Education Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1993

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. – 1971
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Journal: Kentucky Law Journal, Staff, 1968 – 1971
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. – 1968
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company v. Rodgers, 179 S.W. 3d 815 (KY, September 22, 2005), 2005
  • Phoenix Healthcare of Kentucky, LLC v. Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, 120 S.W. 3d 726 (ky. App. October 3, 2003), 2003
  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc v. Coleman, 239 S.W. 3d 49 (ky. November 21, 2007), 2007
  • Paintsville Hospital v. Rose, 683 S.W. 2d 255 (Ky. January 17, 1985), 1985
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company v. Wright, 136 S.W. 3d 455 (Ky. June 17, 2004), 2004
  • Kentucky River Community Care, Inc. v. Stallard, 294 S.W. 3d 29 (Ky. App. December 19, 2008), 2008
  • Whitaker v. Wallace , 170 F. 3d 541 (6th Cir (Ky.) January 27, 1999), 1999
  • Cline v. Johnson County Board of Education, 548 S.W. 2d 507, 87 A.L.R. 3d 1007 (Ky. March 11, 1977), 1977
  • Volvo of America Corp. v. Wells, 551 S.W. 2d 826, 21 UCC Rep. Serv. 988 (Ky. App. May 27, 1977), 1977
  • Galigher Trucks, Inc v. McKenzie, 553 S.W. 2d 294, 21 UCC Rep.Serv. 996 (ky. App. May 13, 1977), 1977

Honors and Awards

  • Kentucky Farm Bureau Distinguished Counsel Award
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer Top 50 Attorney
  • Special Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court, 1999, authored Kentucky Supreme Court opinion in the case of Vires v. Commonwealth, Ky. 989 S.W.2d 946 (1999)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Johnson County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel, Member
  • Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Council of School Board Attorneys, Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2007 to Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2008 to Present

Articles

  • The Dilemma of Adoptees in the Class Gift Structure -- The Kentucky Approach: A Rule Without Reason, Kentucky Law Journal 921, 591, 1971

Pro Bono Activities

  • Kentucky Bar Association Inquiry Commission, 2006 to Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association Inquiry Commission Chairman, 2010 to Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Legal Duties of School Districts & Their Employees to Protect Children While In School, Kentucky Bar Association, 1999