Ms. Schmidt concentrates her practice on hazardous substance response actions and associated cost recovery, contribution, and natural resource damage claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and its state analogues in New York and New Jersey. Her experience in complex environmental litigation extends to related claims arising under the Bankruptcy Code and the New York Debtor and Creditor Law.
While in law school, Ms. Schmidt conducted research on public participation in environmental policymaking in Western New York, focused on the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works (LOOW) and Niagara Falls Storage Site (NFSS) in Lewiston, New York. Also prior to admission, Ms. Schmidt gained experience with the Watershed Research and Training Center in Hayfork, California, a nonprofit organization working to rebuild the economies of public land communities in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest through sustainable forest management practices.
EDUCATION: University at Buffalo School of Law (J.D.) ; State University of New York at Potsdam (B.A., Philosophy) ; State University of New York at Potsdam, Crane School of Music (B.M., Music Theory/History)
ADMISSIONS: United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit ; United States District Court, Western District of New York ; New York State Courts
ASSOCIATIONS: Director-Historian, Air and Waste Management Association ; Member, Environmental Law Committee, Bar Association of Erie County ; Attorney Advisor, New York State High School Mock Trial Program