Mr. Schmitt served as a surface line officer after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Ocean Engineering. After five years of service as a gunnery/missile officer, ASW officer and Admiral's Aide, he went to law school. Following graduation in 1984, Mr. Schmitt has practiced law with a base in Honolulu concentrating on commercial and construction litigation, admiralty and marine matters. In addition, he simultaneous served over 20 years as a Naval Reseve JAG officer retiring in 2006 with the rank of Captain. His last twelve years were as counsel to Commander-in-Chief Pacific (PACOM) focusing on internal legal affairs. With his background and experience he has aided clients in a wide variety of commercial enterprises including port and maritime logistics financing and development, ocean energy (OTEC, wave, seawater air conditioning), aquaculture and marine resource development.
Exxon Co., U.S.A. v. Sofec, Inc., 134 L.Ed. 2d 1986, 116 S.Ct. 1038 (U.S. 1996)
AOAO Newtown Meadows v. Venture 15, 115 Hawai'i 232, 167 P.3d 225 (2007)