Denis Shmidt Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Denis Shmidt

Denis Shmidt

Litigation Attorney Specializing in Dispute Resolution

San Francisco
Licensed in
CA
UCLA
School of Law

"Really good Attorney"

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About
I am litigator and trial attorney in every sense of those words. I have handled a wide range of matters, both in civil and criminal law, state and federal court, and inside and outside of California. Beyond conducting hundreds of hearings and spending thousands of hours in the courtroom, I have personally taken 17 jury trials to verdict.

After working at an international law firm, the country's largest local prosecutor's office and a litigation boutique, I founded Orsus Gate Law in order to better connect with clients and provide a more tailored service.

I now specialize in helping companies with early dispute resolution, mediation,
… read more arbitration, and litigation.
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"Really good Attorney"

Assist with Business Dispute Regarding Debt
Posted on Aug 11, 2017
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"Working with Denis has been great. He provides an ideal balance of by-the-book legal perspective as well as general expertise & insight backed up by his experience; it was exactly what I was looking for while working through a buyout agreement. He also is incredibly responsive and worked very quickly whenever I needed him, even though our engagement was just a few scattered hours every week or so. Thank you Denis!"

Review Purchase Agreements + Promissory Notes
Posted on Jul 9, 2017
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"Incredibly responsive with a great attention to detail. Very happy with Denis's services and would use again in a heartbeat!"

Breach of Contract Services
Posted on Jul 4, 2017
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"Easy to work with"

Non-Compete Agreement Services
Posted on Jun 2, 2017
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"Amazing, clear and responsive attorney. Will continue to work with Denis as our company grows. "

Mediation Services
Posted on Jun 2, 2017
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"Denis was a pleasure to work with! I will certainly use him again as we continue to grow our company. "

Draft Commercial Contract & Consult on Implications on Judgement
Posted on May 11, 2017

Work History

Orsus Gate Law

Founder

Feb 2017 - Present

I am a problem solver. As your business grows, disputes will develop. I work to make sure that those disputes are taken care of quickly and efficiently, so you can focus on what you do best.

Feb 2017 - Present

Lewis & Llewellyn LLP

Senior Litigation Associate

Jan 2016 - Feb 2017

- Advised technology companies on regulations, contract negotiations and employment matters
- Handled all aspects of litigation from intake to judgment, and beyond
- Specialized in alternative dispute resolution for both emerging and established companies
- Commonly acted as outside in-house counsel for developing companies

Jan 2016 - Feb 2017

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Deputy District Attorney

Oct 2013 - Jan 2016

- Oversaw thousands of cases and run a felony calendar
- Prosecuted seventeen jury trials to verdict and conducted over 250 preliminary hearings
- Authored and argued dozens of motions, ranging from pre-trial to post-conviction

Oct 2013 - Jan 2016

Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise LLP

Litigation Associate

Aug 2012 - Sep 2013

- Specialized in California trust and estate litigation and mediation
- Successfully second chaired a probate trial on behalf of a major fiduciary institution
- Examined key witnesses and experts in a removal proceeding on behalf of a trust beneficiary
- Deposed named petitioner and main witness in a trust action against a major trust bank

Aug 2012 - Sep 2013

Sullivan & Cromwell

Litigation Associate

Nov 2009 - Jul 2012

- Opposed class certification in antitrust action involving shipping services
- Oversaw the depositions of dozens of third party corporations in an indirect patent infringement suit
- Drafted post-judgment motions in a trademark dispute for a major shoe retailer
- Prepared briefs to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court on the interpretation of Puerto Rico’s antitrust law

Nov 2009 - Jul 2012

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