Paul W. Schmidt is a trial lawyer who has led the defense of some of the most complex litigations nationwide. Mr. Schmidt was cited by the National Law Journal in its “Top Litigators Share Winning Strategies” feature (11/2/2015).
His wins have been recognized by American Lawyer (Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year and “Covington Lawyers Kill on Cross-Exams in Cymbalta Case”), National Law Journal (recognizing Covington as Washington Litigation Department of the Year finalist), and Law360 (“Roche Still Perfect In Accutane Appeals with Defiant Tactic”).
According to Chambers USA, he “continues to impress sources with his successful track record in pharmaceutical litigation and appeals” and is “an exceedingly bright lawyer.”
Mr. Schmidt’s recent trial work includes serving as lead trial counsel for Cymbalta, securing three trial wins for Lilly; securing favorable outcomes as trial counsel for Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in several extended jury trials; serving as trial counsel for the National Football League in trials involving complex labor and commercial disputes as well as television carriage disputes; and representing Genentech in a first-of-its-kind FDA hearing over the withdrawal of accelerated approval for a medication. He also served as Lead Counsel for Boehringer Ingelheim in the Pradaxa multidistrict litigation.
Mr. Schmidt has also successfully argued appeals before state and federal courts around the country, obtaining wins that have been recognized by the National Law Journal in its Appellate Hot List. These wins have included several rulings for Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. dismissing claims that acne drug Accutane causes depression, birth defects, and suicide.
- New York University School of Law, J.D., 1998
- University of British Columbia, B.A., 1992
Judicial Clerkship :
- Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1998 – 1999
- Hon. Emilio M. Garza, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1999 – 2000
Bar Admissions :
- New York
- District of Columbia
Representative Matters :
- Three trial wins for Lilly as lead trial counsel in Cymbalta lawsuits.
- Lead Counsel in Pradaxa multi-district litigation through successful resolution of thousands of claims.
- Accutane appeals: representing Hoffmann-La Roche in a series of appeals of trial verdicts and dispositive motion grants, including successfully arguing seven cases before federal and state courts.
- Avastin withdrawal hearing: represented Genentech in a first-of-its-kind FDA hearing over the withdrawal of the breast cancer indication for Avastin®.
- Trial counsel for GSN and Tennis Channel in cases tried before the Federal Communications Commission.
Pro Bono :
- Trial counsel for prisoner in an evidentiary hearing seeking retrial of original murder conviction.
- Represented murder defendant charged with two fatal shootings, including by successfully arguing a suppression issue before Maryland’s highest court.
- Successful representation of a family in a civil rights lawsuit against the Richmond Police Department over the shooting of an unarmed man. See Johnson v. City of Richmond, 2005 WL 1668080 (E.D. Va. June 16, 2005); see also Jim Nolan, “Monroe Wants Use of Force Reviewed,” Richmond Times-Dispatch (March 16, 2005) (new police chief announcing sweeping changes to City’s use-of-force training following extensive discovery on this training).
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