Adjunct Professor Jonathan Schmidt is a lawyer in Ropes and Gray’s government enforcement practice. He has extensive white-collar experience and represents companies and individuals facing government investigations and prosecutions. Professor Schmidt is also an accomplished trial attorney and has tried more than 75 jury trials.
Before joining Ropes and Gray, Professor Schmidt was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California. There he handled numerous complex prosecutions and served in several supervisorial positions, including as the head of the anti-terrorism unit. While at the United States Attorney’s office, Professor Schmidt was appointed by DOJ and the State Department to serve as an international prosecutor in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. In Sarajevo, he tried the first war crimes case before the Bosnia Herzegovina State Court.
Professor Schmidt also serves as a court appointed mediator and early neutral evaluator for the Northern District of California’s ADR program.
At Hastings, Professor Schmidt has taught classes in legal writing and research, moot court, the international prosecution of war crimes, and terrorism and the law.