Practice Areas


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  • Contract Disputes
  • Business Torts
  • Fraud
  • Negligent and Intentional Misrepresentation
  • Tortious Interference
  • Deceit and Conversion
  • Closely-held Corporation, Shareholder, and Partnership Disputes
  • Negligence and Warranty Claims
  • Injunctions
  • Commercial Lease Disputes
  • Vital Equipment Failures
  • Third Party Claims
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Mining Deaths and Disasters
  • Workplace Injuries Caused by Deliberate Intent/Egregious Conduct
  • Industrial Pollution and Toxic Substance Exposure
  • Train Derailments
  • Wrongful Death

Commercial Litigation

    At Stanley & Schmitt, our passion for justice is at the heart of our practice.  We care deeply about doing good work for good people, and we achieve outstanding results for our clients through our insightful analysis, forceful advocacy, and uncompromising integrity.  If you have been wronged and need a powerful voice to protect your rights in any of the areas below, we are here for you.

     Too often, innocent people are hurt or killed by the negligent or unlawful acts of an entity that has decided to value profits over people.  When critical health and safety standards are ignored, tragic, preventable death and injury can be the result.
     At Stanley & Schmitt, we are proud to represent the rights of people who have suffered these sorts of harms and to  fight for their voices to be heard.   

     Although the civil justice system cannot fully rectify the irreparable harm of serious injury or losing a loved one, pursuing these cases and obtaining significant jury verdicts and settlements for the victims is frequently the most powerful way to achieve justice for those hurt, and to send a message to the wrongdoers that their unlawful health and safety practices have heavy consequences. 
     We have a reputation as strong, seasoned, and effective advocates for individuals suffering the effects of coal mine fires, explosions, and other such workplace disasters; families and communities who have been exposed to toxic substances due to contamination of their water, air, and homes; people who have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious effects of toxic substance exposure; and victims of train derailments.  

     We have the experience, skill, and tenacity to take on the toughest opponents--from major corporations and their leaders to the United States Government--to ensure that your voice is heard.
     If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the wrongful actions of another, or believe you or your family may have been the victims of toxic substance exposure, we would welcome the chance to speak with you about your claim.  

  • Contractors, Owners, and Design Professionals
  • Project Delivery Systems
  • Delay Claims
  • Design Errors
  • Defective Materials
  • Contract Disputes
  • Mediation and Arbitration

Personal Injury

     When disputes arise in the construction industry, having an experienced legal team on your side can be an invaluable asset.  Getting timely advice and counsel can sometimes prevent the need for litigation, and will help you be in the best possible position if litigation becomes unavoidable.    
     We are committed to finding cost-effective legal solutions for our clients facing disputes in all phases of construction projects.  Our attorneys have successfully arbitrated and mediated many disputes.  

     While we avoid litigation when possible and seek always to minimize costs in a way that is consistent with our clients' goals, we never hesitate to bring a matter to court if that approach offers the best chance for a favorable resolution.  We have arbitrated numerous construction claims and have also tried and handled appeals of construction cases in both federal and state courts, including various Courts of Claim.  

     With our significant litigation experience and expertise on your side, you can trust our advice on the best approach to resolving your project dispute.

     We have experience representing contractors, owners, and design professionals, pursuing and defending claims involving construction defects, design defects, architectural errors, delay claims, lien disputes and much more.      

     To find out more about how we can assist you with legal problems facing your project, call or e-mail us for a free consultation.

Construction Law

     We have years of experience handling a wide variety of complex commercial litigation, from inception and case development all the way through trial and appeal, if necessary.  We are advocates and advisors for our clients, helping them navigate business disputes to achieve the best possible outcomes.  
     We understand that, in business, it is typically in our clients' best interest to resolve disputes as efficiently as possible in order to minimize the impact of litigation on both your focus and your bottom line.  Our goal is always to bring you the most efficient and effective resolution that fits your needs.  

     In our decades of experience, we have learned that one of the best ways to reach a favorable resolution is to develop a strong long-range plan from the outset and make it clear to opponents that we are more than ready and willing to take the case to trial if need be and win.

     We are accomplished trial lawyers, and our track record of success in both trial and appellate courtrooms allows us to negotiate for you from a true position of strength.
     Whether you have incurred losses due to wrongful acts by another party, or have been sued as a result of a business dispute, we can help.  We have represented companies ranging from small, closely-held corporations to international and Fortune 500 industry leaders.  We handle matters in which our clients have anywhere from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.  

     In all matters, we bring our powerful combination of zealous advocacy, penetrating legal analysis, creative problem-solving, courtroom presence, and professional integrity to bear on behalf of our clients.
     For additional information on how we can help you solve some of your toughest business problems, contact us today.