Gordon W. Schmidt Partner

Gordon has litigated a variety of complex commercial cases at trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts. His experience includes breach of contract claims, contract interpretation issues, antitrust, securities law class actions and shareholder derivative actions.

Additionally, he has a great deal of experience with franchise and distribution issues, having represented national franchisors in numerous lawsuits. He has also litigated trademark infringement claims and trade secret issues. He also has substantial experience involving wrongful termination cases and employment cases. He has litigated matters in more than 15 states, and has argued before the 3rd, 4th and 10th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.


Representation of client to settle a coverage lawsuit resulting from a fire in an underground coal mine in which the carrier settled the suit by paying 100 percent of claim.

Representation of a national franchisor in three class actions brought by franchisees claiming, among other things, breach of contract, antitrust violations and breach of duty of good faith. The suits were consolidated and settled, paving the way for better relations between the company and its franchisees.

Representation of a national franchisor in a class action where franchisees brought a variety of unfair competition and unfair practices claims. Summary judgment ended on behalf of franchisor.

Representation of a national chain of diet centers whose franchisees were purchasing unapproved products. Obtained an injunction to prohibit the distribution of these products within the client's system, and obtained a multimillion-dollar judgment against the manufacturer.

Representation of a coal mining company in various matters involving supply contracts.

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, 1975
  • Syracuse University, BA, 1972

Member, American Law Institute

Former Board Member, Pittsburgh Opera

Former Board Member, March of Dimes Golf Classic

  • Pennsylvania

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2019

  • Author, "System Standards - What's A Franchisor To Do", Franchise Times, October 2000
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