Kent J. Schmidt
As a Partner in the Southern California office, Kent's practice includes virtually all types of general business litigation, with emphases in unfair business practices, trade secret litigation, consumer class actions, product liability, securities litigation and enforcement, shareholder disputes, commercial disputes, Prop 65 (environmental) claims and labor/employment matters. He is a zealous and creative courtroom advocate, equally accustomed to representing plaintiffs and defendants.
In addition to his general business litigation practice, Kent is an experienced First Amendment lawyer, representing clients on both sides of defamation cases and other matters involving free speech, including California’s unique anti-SLAPP statute.
A significant part of Kent’s practice is using his two-plus decades of commercial litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid litigation claims. In this prophylactic aspect of his practice, Kent advises on compliance policies and defensive strategies and regularly speaks and writes on this topic. His government and internal investigation work has included white collar crimes ranging from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to SEC insider trading violations, as well as a variety of internal investigations relating to corruption and corporate fraud.
Having spent his entire legal career at Dorsey, Kent most values the opportunity to collaborate with others throughout the firm’s 19 offices who have unique practices and experiences, combining his litigation experience with his partners’ expertise.
Kent is the author of Left Coast Law, a blog that discusses the unique challenges of doing business in California and avoiding litigation claim.