John P. Schmitz, Managing Partner, Schmitz Global Partners LLP
John Schmitz represents US and European companies in complex international transactions and regulatory matters, with a focus on antitrust, media and telecommunications, energy and environmental issues. He has special emphasis on US and German political regulatory concerns, and has experience with numerous high- profile business and regulatory matters involving both American and German public policy and legal activities. Mr. Schmitz’s clients have included the US Chamber of Commerce, Deutsche Welle (German TV), General Electric, Bayer AG, Bertelsmann, Bosch GmbH, Gillette, Pfizer, Microsoft, Verizon, Eli Lilly Co., Ford Motor Co., and Arkema., among others.
Together with former Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, John established Gray & Schmitz LLP in September 2009. In 1993, Mr. Schmitz joined Mayer Brown as a partner to open its first German office in Berlin. From 1993 to 2009, Mr. Schmitz helped lead and develop a prominent and thriving German practice at Mayer Brown, which has grown to over 80 lawyers in Berlin, Frankfurt and Cologne. Before joining Mayer Brown in 1993, Mr. Schmitz held a wide range of significant public policy positions. Between 1985 and 1993, he served as Deputy Counsel to George H. W. Bush in both the White House and the Office of the Vice President. Following his law school graduation, Mr. Schmitz was both Law Clerk to The Honorable Antonin Scalia, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (1983-1984) and Special Assistant to William Baxter, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, US Department of Justice (1981-1982). Prior to law school, he was Legislative Assistant to US Representative Goodloe E. Byron (1977) and Legislative Aide to US Congressman Charles W. Sandman, Jr. (1973-1975).
Mr. Schmitz has also held a number of high-profile fellowships. In Germany, under a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, he served at the Office of Bundestag Member Matthias Wissmann (Bonn), and the Office of General Counsel, Robert Bosch, GmbH (Stuttgart). He was also Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology Environmental Quality Lab in Pasadena, CA (1982-1983), and Research Assistant to Professors John Ferejohn and Morris Fiorina, Pasadena, CA, and London, England (1978-1980).
Mr. Schmitz is fluent in German and has received numerous German-related honors including the Distinguished German American of the Year Award in 2000 from the United German American Committee, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition Organization, and the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Deutsches Bundesverdienstkreuz First Class), awarded in 1990 by German President Richard von Weizsaecker. John recently was named Robert Bosch Fellow of the Year in 2011.
Stanford Law School, JD, 1981; Founding member, Stanford Foundation for Law and Economic Policy; Member, Stanford Law Review • California Institute of Technology, MS, Economics, 1978; Completed all coursework and exams toward PhD • Georgetown University, BA, magna cum laude, 1976; Phi Beta Kappa; Dobriansky Fellowship