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Joseph R. Schmitz

Joseph R. Schmitz

Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Joe grew up in rural northwestern Iowa in a small farming community, the oldest of four children.  After graduating from college, he married his college sweetheart and moved to North Carolina before attending law school in Virginia and finally returning to the Triad to establish his roots and to begin his life-long dream of practicing law.

Married and the proud parent of three active children, Joe is an active member of Generations Church in Lewisville, and when he's not playing "superheroes" with his boys or dolls with his daughter, Joe enjoys cooking, working on the family farm, hunting, and he always has a home improvement project to work on.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Marital Agreements
  • Support & Modifications
  • Adoption
  • Special Education
  • Estate Planning
  • Traffic Violations
  • DWIs

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 2009


  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • Juris Doctor - December, 2005
    • Law Journal: Regent Journal of International Law, Executive Editor
  • Regent University Robertson School of Government, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • Masters in Public Policy - December, 2005
    • Honors: Masters Research Fellow
    • Honors: Middle East Peace Scholar
  • Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri
    • B.S. - May, 2001
    • Honors: Student Body President
    • Major: Government & Social Sciences

Published Works

  • Means to Reducing Growth Rate of AIDS in China, Graduate Student Journal of Foreign & Domestic Policy, Vol. 1, Fall, 2003
  • Critical Review of "Demystifying Aids In Thailand: A Dialectical Analysis Of The Thai Sex Industry", Graduate Student Journal of Foreign & Domestic Policy, Vol. 1, Fall, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40 - National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 10 Attorney Award - National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award - American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers
  • AVVO Rating of 10.0 - Superb
  • AVVO Clients' Choice

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • Forsyth County Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justices , Member, 2009 - Present
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2009 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, Member, 2009 - Present
  • NCAJ Legislative Committee, Member, 2013 - Present
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top 10 under 40, 2014 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Hartsoe & Associates, P.C., Partner & Associate, 2006 - 2016
  • American Center for Law and Justice - Virginia Beach, VA, Law Clerk, 2004 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Generations Church - Youth Leader, 2013 - Present
  • Generations Church - Board Member, 2014 - Present

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