Justin M. Schmidt

Justin Schmidt is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of the Southfield office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss. He concentrates his practice on aviation liability claims and litigation, representing airlines, aircraft manufacturers, component manufacturers, owners and operators of commercial, business, and general aviation aircraft, aircraft rental, leasing, and repair facilities, airports, and insurance carriers.

Prior to joining Jaffe, Justin worked on several major aviation disaster cases, including American Airlines Flight 587, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and Colgan Air Flight 3407. He also has experience with military product liability accident cases involving the government contractor defense.

Justin served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps from 2001 through 2005. He was stationed with the Marine Air Wing in Okinawa, Japan as an Aircraft Logistics Officer, and at Camp Pendleton, California with a Marine Infantry Battalion as an Infantry Logistics Officer. He also served a seven-month combat tour in Fallujah, Iraq.

Justin earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 2001. He graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in 2008, where he served as the managing editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Michigan
  • California
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers magazine Michigan Rising Star, 2016, 2017

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member of the Forum on Air and Space Law
  • American Bar Association, Member of the Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) on Aviation and Space Law
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member of the Aviation Law Section
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member of the Aviation Law Committee

Published Works