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JoAnn Schmitz founded her first law firm, Schmitz Law Firm, in 2002. In 2012, Paul Lewis joined her to form Schmitz Lewis, PC, a regional law firm focused on corporate clients. In 2014, the law firm expanded again and invited Michael Kuhn and Andrew Swan to join as shareholders forming Schmitz | Lewis | Kuhn | Swan PC. Before beginning the practice of law, JoAnn was employed for 18 years with two high-tech Fortune 100 companies in numerous roles encompassing product management, marketing, operations, executive speech writing, manufacturing, purchasing, and human resources for leading edge technology products. During her last year of law school, JoAnn worked on the Compaq/HP merger analyzing their respective computer storage business units. 

JoAnn has represented numerous companies from single person start-ups to multi-million dollar privately-held entities. Her present practice emphasizes general counsel, contracts, commercial and IP litigation, capitalization, business formation and owner agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and IP protection and licensing – particularly software licensing. JoAnn knows that it is critical for the economic vitality of Colorado Springs to create a business-friendly environment and currently volunteers her time as a Small Business Development Center Advisory Board Member and Consultant.

Consulting Expertise Includes:

  • Business Litigation
  • Franchising
  • Legal Contracts
  • Legal Issues
  • Non-Profits & B-Corps
  • Business Insurance
  • Business Planning
  • Entity Formation
  • Business Acquisition
  • Ownership Agreements (Bylaws, Shareholder, Operating)
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