327 Main St., Paintsville, KY 41240

606-789-3747

mschmitt@pbbs-law.com

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

Bar Admission

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

Professional Associations, Honors & Awards

  • 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 American, Fellow, 2008 to Present
  • 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)

Practice Areas

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

Representative Appellate 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