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Daniel L. Schmidt


Daniel L. SchmidtAppellate Judge
Daniel L. Schmidt
Third District

Daniel L. Schmidt was born in Peoria on January 12, 1951. He is a graduate of Chillicothe Township High School. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1974. In 1983, he received his J.D. from Washington University where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Judge Schmidt spent 9 years as a police officer before graduating from law school. He spent 1 years as a patrol officer with the Peoria County Sheriff's Police, and 7 years as a patrolman with the Peoria Police Department.

As a practicing trial attorney for 19 years, Judge Schmidt was involved mainly in the defense of civil lawsuits. He tried cases to verdict in Adams, Coles, Franklin, Fulton, LaSalle, Peoria, Tazewell, McDonough, McLean, Pike, St. Clair, and Sangamon Counties. Justice Schmidt was admitted to practice in Illinois, Missouri, and Maine. He represented clients and appeared in Illinois courthouses from Cook to Union Counties. He argued cases on appeal before the Third, Fourth and Fifth District Appellate Courts. He has also handled cases in the U.S. District courts, including those in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Nebraska.

He is a member of the American Inns of Court, and the Peoria County Bar Association. An avid sportsman and conservationist, Judge Schmidt is a life member of Ducks Unlimited. He and his wife, Maureen, have one son, Matt.