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Jo Anna Schmidt


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Practice Areas:

  • Litigation Defense


Founding and managing attorney Jo Anna Schmidt's defense practice began in 1988 while working as a staff attorney for CIGNA insurance company's Maryland house counsel. Jo Anna represents clients in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and her practice areas include defending clients in commercial and construction liability, municipality liability, general tort litigation, employment discrimination, workers' compensation claims, and insurance coverage. Jo Anna has successfully represented clients such as Giant Food Inc., Ferguson Enterprises, Pitney Bowes, Parsec Company, AAI Corporation and Comcast Cable Company. Jo Anna's appellate experience includes successfully defending the Employer in the oft-cited Maryland case of Bet v. Dixon. Dixon established and defined the limitations of a claimant's workers' compensation rights to bring a claim in Maryland when there are multiple jurisdictional issues. Prior to forming Schmidt, Dailey & O'Neill, L.L.C., Jo Anna was a partner with the Annapolis firm of Brassel & Baldwin. Jo Anna is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars, the Defense Research Institute and the Maryland Defense Counsel.


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D.
  • Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland
    • B.A.

Bar Admission

  • District of Columbia, 1996
  • Maryland, 1988

Current Employment Position

  • Member