Alexander H. Schmidt is a partner of the firm. During his 29 years of practice before federal and state trial and appellate courts, Mr. Schmidt has concentrated on sophisticated commercial litigation and class actions, including matters involving antitrust, consumer protection, securities fraud, civil RICO, banking and commercial factoring, and real estate. Since 2005, Mr. Schmidt has litigated numerous plaintiffs’ class and derivative actions, emphasizing cost-effective and creative problem solving to resolve intractable disputes.
Mr. Schmidt has achieved several groundbreaking litigation victories. Mr. Schmidt was the lead lawyer in the landmark Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P. (N.Y. Ct. Appeals) case, in which New York’s two highest courts ruled in favor of a class of tenants from one of New York City’s largest residential apartment complexes, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, who had challenged their landlords’ right to deregulate rent stabilized apartments while simultaneously receiving certain New York City tax benefits. Those rulings overturned New York City landlords’ 13-year old practice of wrongfully deregulating buildings that New York’s Legislature had intended to keep rent stabilized. After Mr. Schmidt helped shape a $173 million settlement on the Roberts tenants’ behalf, representing a 100% recovery for overcharged class members, the case was hailed by some national and local officials as the largest and most significant tenants’ victory in United States history.
Mr. Schmidt is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and before the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits, and the United States Court of Federal Claims. He served as the Executive Notes & Topics Editor for the Law Review and was an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School in 1998 and 1999, co-teaching a seminar on Federal Discovery Practice. Mr. Schmidt served as a Small Claims Arbitrator in New York City for 15 years.