Education
  • J.D.
    American University Washington College of Law
    summa cum laude
  • B.A.
    Georgetown University

Addy R. Schmitt, Vice Chair of the firm's Litigation Department, practices in the areas of criminal and civil litigation. Ms. Schmitt has significant trial experience, including recent trials in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland federal courts. In 2016, she represented an individual who was found not guilty on all counts in a federal criminal bribery and defense procurement fraud jury trial in Virginia. That year, the Corporate Crime Reporter named Ms. Schmitt to the list of "150 Women in White Collar," a list of distinguished leading female white collar practitioners in the United States. In addition to representing individuals and corporations in white collar matters, Ms. Schmitt focuses on complex civil litigation involving the federal government, including qui tam and administrative procedure cases. In addition, she is often called upon to conduct sensitive internal investigations for a variety of clients, including a prominent labor union.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Schmitt served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia from January 2010 to January 2014, where she represented federal executive agencies and employees at all stages of litigation in matters pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ms. Schmitt's cases involved a wide range of legal issues, including employment discrimination, administrative procedure, tort, fraud, and Freedom of Information Act claims.

Ms. Schmitt began her legal career as an Associate for Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, where she handled a wide range of civil cases at all stages of the litigation process. Ms. Schmitt also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ms. Schmitt is very active in the local community, particularly in the District of Columbia legal community. Prior to leaving office, President Obama appointed Ms. Schmitt to the District of Columbia Judicial Nominations Commission, the body that recommends candidates for judicial positions on the District of Columbia Superior Court and Court of Appeals to the president and appoints the chief judges for those courts. She has also chaired the selection panels for magistrate judges for both the U.S. District Court and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She currently serves on the District Court's Committee on Grievances and is a member of a number of local legal organizations, including the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court and the Lawyers’ Club of Washington. Since 2012, Ms. Schmitt has been an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law, where she has co-taught courses in criminal trial advocacy, white collar crime, and taking and defending depositions. For the past eight years Ms. Schmitt has served as president of the board of directors of the Abramson Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit that provides scholarships and mentoring to D.C. public school graduates attending college.

Prior to law school, Ms. Schmitt worked as a staff assistant in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and as a lobbyist for a large national non-profit organization.

  • Represent individuals under investigation by federal law enforcement agencies and defend individuals indicted on felony charges in federal court.
  • Represented small business in complex civil suit in federal court challenging a federal agency’s decisions under the Administrative Procedure Act.
  • Defended large technology firm in civil False Claims Act suit in federal court.
  • Defended court-appointed receiver in tort case brought in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, 2010-2014 
  • Chambers USA: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (District of Columbia), 2018
  • Corporate Crime Reporter: 150 Women in White Collar, 2016
  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2016
  • U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Special Service Award, 2008 - 2009
  • Adjunct Professor, American University Washington College of Law
  • Board of Directors and President, Abramson Scholarship Foundation
  • Member, District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission
  • Member, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Committee on Grievances
  • Chair, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel (2016)
  • Chair, Superior Court of the District of Columbia Magistrate Judge Advisory Merit Section Panel (2014-2016)
  • Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Program Committee, Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Member, Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court
  • Member, Lawyers' Club of Washington
  • Member, The Barristers
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Clerk, The Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia