About Schmitz Law, PC

Schmitz Law, P.C., was founded with the purpose of providing premier legal representation. Founding attorney Joe Schmitz is a N.C. Certified Family Law Specialist and seasoned trial lawyer, who has spent his career efficiently achieving results for his clients, while maintaining high ethical standards and a practical approach to the practice of law.

Schmitz Law has walked clients through all aspects of divorce, from property division to child custody disputes.  We have built a team that understands what you are going through, how important your children are to your life and how difficult divorce and child custody matters can be.  In the midst of challenges, most people look to find a place that feels familiar and safe…“sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.”

We care about our clients, and we consider it a part of our responsibility to you to do everything we can to see you and your family put in a financially and emotionally stable position post-divorce.

What You Can Expect From Schmitz Law, P.C.
Most people entering into a divorce and family law matter have numerous questions and uncertainties. At our Winston-Salem law firm, we take the time to educate our clients and answer their questions. With us, you can expect:

  • Diligent, personalized representation from attorneys
  • Regular communication and availability, including direct access to your attorney in the event of an after-hours emergency
  • Time given to you to truly tell your story and to establish your goals
  • Outstanding client service

To learn more about Joe Schmitz, please click on the link below.

Joseph R. Schmitz

A Specialist You Can Count On
Joe Schmitz has been practicing in the area of family law since 2006. In December of 2020, he joined an elite group of lawyers when he became a North Carolina Certified Family Law Specialist.  Of the approximately 28,200 lawyers in North Carolina, only 1,091 of them are Board Certified Specialists.  Nearly 100% of Joe’s practice is now comprised of family law matters.

To receive this elite board certification, the following requirements must be met:

  • Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years;
  • Devote at least 25% of his or her practice to the specialty during the past five years (substantial involvement);
  • Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty;
  • Be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review); and
  • Pass a six-hour written examination in the specialty practice area of family law.

Prior to receiving this certification, Joe has been featured as a regular presenter at CLE seminars, training other family law attorneys in important family law subject matters, negotiation, trial strategies and tactics.

A Part Of The Community
Schmitz Law, P.C., believes in giving back to our community.  Joe Schmitz is a drummer in his church and a coach for the Challenger Division of the Northwest American Little League, a division for special needs children.  He also volunteers and contributes to Riverwood Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, which provides services to children with special needs. This commitment to community is evident throughout his legal services and all the services we provide.

Schmitz Law, P.C. was founded with the intent to not only give back to our local community, but to also impact those beyond our shores. Called to meet the needs of orphans in Belize, Joe Schmitz and his wife Tiffany are building RAMM Missions International, Inc., a non-profit organization with funding from Schmitz Law, dedicated to helping secure better futures for Belizean children who find themselves without a home and parents to raise them. Joe and Tiffany have made several trips to Belize and plan many more in the near future, as their mission in Belize grows and develops.

About Joe Schmitz

Joseph R. Schmitz, Attorney

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Phone: 336-714-2380

Fax: 336-714-2381

Email: Email Me


Joe grew up in rural northwestern Iowa in a small farming community.  His father built a successful and enduring painting business out of the back of a ’75 Ford station wagon. While often working alongside his father, Joe learned a strong work ethic from an early age.  After graduating from law school in just 2 ½ years, Joe and his wife returned to the Triad to establish their roots and to begin Joe’s life-long dream of practicing law.

Married and the proud parent of three active children, Joe spends his free time with his family traveling to Belize, working on their hobby farm (which is home to a horse and miniature donkey, as well as several sheep, alpacas, chickens, and guineas), playing in the creek with the family dogs, and exploring the Appalachian Mountains.  Joe also enjoys cooking, hunting, fishing mountain streams, and he always has a home improvement project to work on.

Joe is active in United Family Church in Lewisville, North Carolina.  His faith is important to him, integrating it into all areas of his life, including his law practice, though he refuses to ever push his beliefs onto his clients.   While Joe gladly gladly welcomes the opportunity to represent clients from any background, his Christian faith guides him as he strives to practice with honesty, integrity, and compassion.

– Areas of Practice

  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Asset Division (Equitable Distribution)
  • Spousal Support (Post-separation Support & Alimony)
  • Adoption
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mediation

– Bar Admissions

North Carolina, 2006
U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 2009

– Education

Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Juris Doctor – December, 2005
Law Journal: Regent Journal of International Law, Executive Editor

Regent University Robertson School of Government, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Masters in Public Policy – December, 2005
Honors: Masters Research Fellow
Honors: Middle East Peace Scholar

Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri

B.S. in Government and Social Sciences – May 2001
Honors: Student Body President

– Professional Associations and Memberships

North Carolina Bar Association, 2006 – Present
N.C. Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, December 3, 2020 – Present
North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, Certified Family Financial Mediator, January 30, 2018 – Present
North Carolina Bar Association, 2006 – Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2006 – Present
Forsyth County Bar Association, 2006 – Present
Forsyth County District Court Local Forms Committee, 2018-2019
U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, Member, 2009 – Present

– Pro Bono Activities

United Family Church – Youth Leader, 2013 – 2017
United Family Church – Board Member, 2014 – 2020
Volunteer Attorney with Legal Aid of NC Lawyer on the Line, 2016 – Present
Northwest Forsyth American Little League – Board Member, 2017 – 2019
Northwest Forsyth American Little League – Challengers Division Coach, 2016 – Present
RAMM Missions International, Inc. – Vice-President & Mission Team Guide, 2017 – Present


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  • How Can We Help?
  • Consultation
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Asset Division
  • Spousal Support
  • Mediation
  • Adoption
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