Angela Forss Schmit is a Divorce Attorney, Employment Attorney, Legacy Protector, Counselor at Law, Trusted Advisor, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Adjunct Professor. Angela founded Schmit Law Firm, a boutique family and employment law firm, to help families and small businesses protect the their legacies.
As an experienced labor and employment attorney, Angela counsels and represents public and private sector employers, human resource professionals and employees navigating complex legal issues, including: employment policies and handbooks; collective bargaining and contract negotiation; performance management, personnel investigations, discipline and discharge; compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations; and representation in employment-related claims, such as charges of discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour violations, and prohibited practices litigation. Angela also conducts training for clients on a broad range of workplace topics to help industry leaders develop best practices.
As an experienced family law and adoption attorney, Angela counsels and represents individuals and families in divorce, paternity, custody, modification and adoption matters. Angela is committed to helping families in transition understand their legal rights and obligations related to: legal separation, dissolution of marriage, equitable division of marital estates, spousal support (alimony), paternity, best interests of the child, legal and physical custody, parenting time, in loco parentis status, child support, post-decree modifications, petitions for adoption, consent to adoption and relinquishment of parental rights, and many more unique issues facing families.
Prior to establishing Schmit Law Firm, Angela attained a diverse legal education and experiences. During law school, Angela interned for the Honorable Angela R. Arkin, Douglas County District Court Judge (Colorado). Following law school, she completed a prestigious judicial fellowship in the Arapahoe County District Court (Colorado) for the Honorable F. Stephen Collins and the Honorable Robert H. Russell, II. Angela began practicing law at a reputable family law firm in Denver, Colorado, specializing in complex financial cases involving businesses and constitutional law issues. Upon moving to Omaha, Nebraska, Angela joined a prominent general practice law firm in Sarpy County, Nebraska, where she served as labor and employment counsel for the City of Bellevue, the third largest city in the State of Nebraska; Angela also represented individuals and employers in labor relations and employment law matters, family law cases and adoptions, business transactions and disputes, real estate and landlord/tenant matters. Angela’s latest experience in the labor and employment group of a regional law firm inspired her to hang her own shingle where she can now provide personal attention to clients and deliver valuable results.
University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, B.B.A.
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D.
State of Colorado, 2011
State of Nebraska, 2013
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 2013
Nebraska State Bar Association
Colorado State Bar Association
Nebraska Women’s Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
Sarpy County Bar Association
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM)
Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce
Western Douglas (West O) County Chamber of Commerce
Notre Dame Club of Omaha
Seminars & Publications
UPCOMING: National Business Institute, Advanced Family Law CLE
Presenter of “Navigating Complex Asset Cases” and “Death and Divorce – Estate Planning Considerations” (December 2018)
UPCOMING: National Business Institute, Employment Law: 2018 Comprehensive Guide CLE
Presenter of “Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today’s Handbooks” and “Monitoring Employees: Privacy Issues and Employer Risks” (November 2018)
National Business Institute, Human Resource Law from A to Z CLE
Presenter of “Comprehensive Overview of the Issues Affecting HR Departments” (March 2018)
2017 Regional Seminar (Lincoln, Gering, Ogallala, Kearney & Norfolk)
Presenter of “Labor and Employment Law Update and Priorities for the Trump Administration,” “Employment Law Jeopardy” and “3D Strategies for Managing Employees: Discipline, Discharge, Documentation” (April 2017)
National Business Institute, Divorce Law Guide From A to Z CLE
Presenter of “Tips and Techniques for Case Assessment and Vital First Steps” (December 2016)
National Business Institute, Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law CLE
Presenter of “Complex Assets: Valuation and Division” (July 2016)
Colorado Bar Association, The Colorado Lawyer
Co-author of the “Colorado Civil Union” article (July 2013)
Colorado Bar Association, Family Violence Program
Contributing author for “Domestic Violence Benchbook” (January 2010)
Metropolitan Community College, Business Management & Legal Studies Adjunct Instructor
TeamMates Mentoring Program, Mentor