Patrick D. Schmidt

Patrick D. Schmidt

Practice highlights

Biography

In January of 2019, after 34 years with Thomson Rogers, Patrick Schmidt retired from the firm.

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Patrick D. Schmidt was admitted to The Law Society of Ontario in 1979 and Certified as a Specialist in Family Law since 1992. He had a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (1974) and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University Faculty of Law (1977). Patrick Schmidt was a senior family law practitioner and a partner at Thomson Rogers in Toronto.

The Best Lawyers in Canada included Patrick in its annual listing since the publication’s first edition in 2006; The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory ranked him as Consistently Recommended. His rating in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell was BV distinguished – very high.

Patrick Schmidt’s practice concentrated on matrimonial litigation with a focus on financial issues. He was a frequent presenter at continuing legal education and advocacy programs. Patrick Schmidt is a former appointee of the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario to the Ontario Family Law Rules Committee (1992–2004 and 2012-2016) and the Ontario Civil Rules Committee (2005–2011).  He was a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations.

Patrick retired from practice in 2019.

Year of Call

1979

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto (1974)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queens University Faculty of Law (1977)

Accreditations

  • LEXPERT Ranked Lawyer
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® Canada since 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell Ranked Lawyer
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Family Law Rules Committee for Ontario (1992-2004)
  • The Civil Rules Committee for Ontario
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • The International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Dispute Resolution Officer of the Superior Court of Justice

Industry recognition

Cases of note

Significant Supreme Court of Canada Rulings on Applications for Leave to Appeal and Other Motions Decisions

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Blog


Presentations

October 17, 2017

Commentary on Demonstration: Advocacy Tips for Making Your Case Real

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October 20, 2016

Expert Witness: Achieving Success in Examination and Cross-Examination

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March 07, 2016

Lessons from the Court: Pensions, Costs of Disposition, Restraining Orders Under Sec. 12 of the FLA and Other Interesting Property Issues

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October 05, 2015

A Conversation Between Judge and Counsel: Enforcement of Support, Motions to Change and Rescission of Support Arrears

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September 21, 2012

Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Child and Spousal Support

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April 03, 2012

Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Property and Equalization

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September 26, 2011

Spousal Support: Variation, Retroactive Claims and Income Fluctuations

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April 16, 2008

Experts in Family Law Proceedings – Cross-Examination of Expert Demo

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February 21, 2008

Support for the Adult Child and the Ever-Expanding Interpretation of “Child” Under The Child Support Guidelines

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February 04, 2008

The Changing World of Family Law: Substantive Law and Practice Tips

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November 09, 2006

How to Run Effective Settlement Conferences and Trial Management Conferences

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January 01, 2006

“Offers to Settle and Costs”, Using the Family Law Rules to Your Advantage

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January 01, 2006

“Family Law: The Year in Review. Spousal Support – the Status of Spousal Support: Miglin v Tierney-Hynes”

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January 01, 2005

“Managing the High Conflict Custody and Access Case” – Advanced Roundtable in Family Law Part II

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January 01, 2005

“Managing the High Conflict Custody and Access Case” – Advanced Roundtable in Family Law Part I

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January 01, 2005

“Problems in Estate Planning for a Separation: Just a Stone’s Throw Away: It’s All Fun and Games until Someone Wants a Divorce” – Family Law Issues for Estates Practitioners

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January 01, 2003

“Documentary Disclosure: How Much is Necessary?” Splitting the Pie: Dividing Assets when Married and Unmarried Partners Separate

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January 01, 2001

“Evidence in the Pre-trial Phase”, Putting your Best Case Forward: Using Evidence Effectively

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January 01, 2000

“Sample of Cross-Examination of Expert Witness” – Bells, Bears and Family Law

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January 01, 2000

“Contempt as a Remedy for Access Defaults” – Return of the Six-Minute Family Lawyer

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January 01, 1998

“Cross-Examination on Working Papers/Work Product of Expert Witnesses” – The Art of Cross-Examination

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January 01, 1998

“Cross-Examination of a Psychotherapist” – Experts in the Family Law Process

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