Charles D. Schmidt

Of Counsel
p: 414-732-2424 Ext. 216
Charles Schmidt


Charles is of counsel with Halloin | Murdock. His practice focuses on complex insurance recovery, exclusively on behalf of policyholders, and construction and business litigation.

Charles successfully has represented individuals and businesses, from sole proprietors to Fortune 100 corporations, in matters valued from less than $10,000 to more than $100,000,000. He has handled a broad array of issues, including issues of insurance coverage, construction, commercial, real estate, environmental, intellectual property, professional liability, consumer protection, and admiralty and maritime law. In doing so, he has developed an exceptional record of success on behalf of his clients—a record reflected in numerous published decisions. As a result, he has become a go-to resource for novel and complex issues of state, federal, and foreign law and has earned several professional honors, including repeated recognition by Wisconsin Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, the top honor the publication awards to lawyers age 40 and under.

Charles attended Marquette University Law School, where he served as an editor for the Marquette Law Review, earned several academic honors, including multiple honors for legal writing, and graduated in the top 10% of his class. He subsequently honed his legal skills serving as a law clerk at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, a litigation and appellate lawyer at some of Wisconsin’s preeminent litigation firms, and amicus counsel for Wisconsin’s largest voluntary bar organization.

Charles lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Amanda. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, running, reading, scuba diving, snowboarding, playing soccer, and cheering on his Chicago Fire Soccer Club.

Representative Decisions

Heritage Farms, Inc. v. Markel Ins. Co., 2009 WI 27, 316 Wis. 2d 47, 762 N.W.2d 652

Metropolitan Ventures, LLC v. GEA Assocs., 2006 WI 71, 291 Wis. 2d 393, 717 N.W.2d 58

Pitts v. Revocable Trust of Dorothy Knueppel, 2005 WI 95, 282 Wis. 2d 550, 698 N.W.2d 761

Peronto v. Case Corp., 2005 WI App 32, 278 Wis. 2d 800, 693 N.W.2d 133

Hunt v. Clarendon Nat’l Ins. Serv., 2005 WI App 11, 278 Wis. 2d 439, 691 N.W.2d 904

Pietroske, Inc. v. Globalcom, Inc., 2004 WI App 142, 275 Wis. 2d 444, 685 N.W.2d 884

Kozlik v. Gulf Ins. Co., 2003 WI App 251, 268 Wis. 2d 491, 673 N.W.2d 34


Marquette University Law School, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2000

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Arts in History, 1995


Letter to the Editor, Response to “Three UIM Cases Remanded to Appeals Court” Article, Wis. L.J., Oct. 8, 2003, at 6A (co-author)

His Honor, 86 Marq. L. Rev. 390 (2002)

Liability Issues Related to Breast Cancer, Cancer of the Breast 975 (William L. Donegan & John S. Spratt, eds., 5th ed. 2002) (co-author)

Comment, But What of Wisconsin’s Exclusionary Rule? The Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts Apparent Authority to Consent as Grounds for Warrantless Searches, 83 Marq. L. Rev. 299 (1999) (submitted to the American Bar Association Ross Essay Contest as the best student article in the Marquette Law Review for 1999)


Resolving First Party Insurance Coverage Disputes, National Business Institute, Nationally Broadcast (October 2015)

Insurance Implications of Mold Claims; Making a Mold Claim and Litigating the Case; and Ethics and Mold Litigation, National Business Institute, Toxic Mold: Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims Seminar, Nationally Broadcast (2014)

Case Evaluation and Pre-litigation Steps, National Business Institute Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims from Start to Finish Seminar, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2013)

Trends in Bad Faith Law and Ethical Issues in Representation, National Business Institute Handling Complex Auto Insurance Coverage Disputes Seminar, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2011)

The ABCs of Personal and Business Liability Insurance, Greater Milwaukee Association of Legal Professionals Seminar, New Berlin, Wisconsin (2010)

The Economic Loss Doctrine: Below v. Norton, Wisconsin Association for Justice Tort and Technique Update Seminar, Madison, Wisconsin (2008)

Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Wisconsin: Emerging Issues and Current Laws, National Business Institute Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Wisconsin Seminar, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2006)

Joining the UIM Carrier in the Liability Lawsuit, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (now Wisconsin Association for Justice) 2005 Spring Seminar, Green Bay, Wisconsin (2005)

Bar Admissions

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2006

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2000

United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 2000

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2000

State of Wisconsin, 2000

Awards & Distinctions

Avvo “Superb” Rating, 2010-Present

Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating, 2010-Present

M Magazine Leading Lawyers, 2013, 2014, 2015

Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (now Wisconsin Association for Justice) Amicus Curiae Brief Committee Member, 2005-2007

Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association Director, 2003-2004

In the Community

Charles is a member of the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee (MBA), Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Charles is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association.

Sweet Water Foundation Inc. Co-founder and Director, 2009-2010


We focus on four specific practice areas: construction litigation, insurance recovery, real estate litigation, and business litigation.

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