Recently named in the 2024 edition of “Best Lawyers in America,” identified in Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Litigators in America, and recognized by D Magazine as a “Best Lawyer Under 40” in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, Grant Schmidt is the first Managing Partner of our Dallas office. Grant has extensive trial, oral argument, and deposition experience, and he specializes in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and white-collar criminal defense. Grant’s advocacy style is collegial yet aggressive, strategic, and principled. Prior to serving as our Dallas Managing Partner, Grant was a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn in Dallas. In 2019, he was part of the Winston trial team that represented the preeminent surgeon Doctor Nick Nicholson, the only defendant to be acquitted in a high-profile health care fraud case where 21 individuals were indicted. Grant was also previously selected to serve as an Assistant District Attorney at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office through a program sponsored by Winston. Grant ran multiple jury trials as an Assistant District Attorney, handling everything from jury selection to closing argument.
After law school, Grant previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sam A. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He received his Juris Doctor in 2013 from the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated with honors. During his time at UT Law, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Litigation and served as an intern for the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. In 2010, Grant graduated from the University of Notre Dame with honors and earned his Bachelor of Arts with a degree in Economics and Political Science. During his senior year, Grant served as student body president.
Grant serves as the President of the Federal Bar Association’s Dallas Chapter. He is a member of the board of multiple organizations, including the Advisory Council of the Catholic Foundation, Saint Mary of Carmel Catholic School in West Dallas, and the Human Impact, a non profit that partners with the homeless of Dallas. Grant is also a member of the Executive Board of the Jesuit College Preparatory School Alumni Association, a member of the City of Dallas’s Ethics Advisory Commission (appointed by the city council) and serves as the vice chair of the Dallas Alumni Steering Committee for the University of Texas School of Law.
Grant is also the creator and host of “I Do This Because,” a podcast that profiles the motivations and personalities of Dallas leaders.
Grant and his wife, Cynthia, who is also an attorney at Hilgers Graben, maintain their national practice in Dallas where they live with their 4 daughters.