Stuart Schmitz, of counsel
The founder of our firm, Stuart currently serves of counsel, lending his perspective to current ideas and challenges. Stuart’s insight, gleaned over decades of practice, provides the foundation from which we can remain at the forefront of the ever-evolving field of Elder Law. Stuart has retired from the active practice of law, and no longer represents individual clients.
Throughout his career, Stuart was drawn to the human side of the law, using this legal knowledge to help others. His experience with his mother’s Alzheimer’s disease led him to become involved with the Alzheimer’s Association in a quest to understand her condition. That personal experience gave him insight to the problems and challenges that families face in caring for aging family members and the need to plan ahead for our own and our families’ uncertain futures.
Prior to retirement, Stuart practiced law for 45 years, focusing on Elder Law for 25. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of Elder Law and as a leading authority on Medical Assistance Planning, Stuart provided individualized advice to families facing the devastating cost of long-term care. He was a staunch advocate for each client’s independence, dignity and rights.
- Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1970
- University of Michigan, B.A. Political Science, 1967
- Minnesota, 1981
- District of Columbia, 1975
- Wisconsin, 1970
- Minnesota State Bar Association Elder Law Section
Honors and Distinctions
- Listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession, which is compiled through a peer review among top lawyers in the U.S.
- Minnesota Super Lawyer
- Recipient of the Mary Alice Gooderl Award given by the Minnesota State Bar Association Elder Law Section in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of elder law.