Matt Schmidt

(520) 790-5600

Matt graduated from the James E Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and passed the Arizona bar exam in 2010. Matt's primary interest in law focuses on general personal injury, insurance bad faith and police misconduct.

Matt was honored as one of Tucson's 40 under 40 by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star in 2014. This award recognizes 40 outstanding individuals under 40 years of age that have excelled in their professional careers and have made a meaningful impact in the Tucson community. In addition to serving his clients, Matt is president of the Engage Foundation, a nonprofit that provides free, fun and underrated recreational activities to underprivileged kids. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Empower Coalition, a group of young professionals organized to improve lives in the greater Tucson community by empowering charitable organizations with resources necessary to carrying out their missions.

Matt teaches law students and lawyers about both modern technology and mindfulness in the stressful legal environment. He wrote a column called "Techno-Law-gically Speaking" and now writes one called "Mind your Mind" in the Writ, the Pima County Bar Association Newsletter. 

In May 2011, Matt won 2nd place in the Arizona Attorney's creative arts competition  for his fictional piece “The Taker.”

In June 2010, Matt and his dad (Ted Schmidt) co-authored “Taking the ‘Strict' Out of Products Liability Law,” a feature article in the Arizona Attorney. Together, they also co-authored multiple sections of the  Products Liability chapter of the 2012 Arizona Tort Law Handbook published by the State Bar of Arizona.

In law school, Matt served as a legal extern for Senator Jon Kyl in Washington D.C. on the Judiciary Committee for the subcommittee of Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security in the Fall of 2008. He won the Andrew Silverman Law Student Community Service Award in the 2009-2010 for his leadership on the Community Service Board and orchestration of several community service events for law students to participate in. 

When he is not practicing law, writing or traveling, Matt enjoys participating in or watching just about any sporting event.  Matt also enjoys staying active in the community and spends lots of time growing Engage.

Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury
Insurance Bad Faith
Police Misconduct
Bar Admissions:
Arizona, 2010
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, 2010
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Major: English
Major: Creative Writing

Recent Blog Posts


  • Grateful

    I met Ted and Matt Schmidt for legal counsel regarding a personal injury. I was diagnosed with steroid induced glaucoma of both eyes. Mr. Schmidt explained their service and agreed to take my case. In the many months that followed, they kept me informed about what they were doing, why they were g...
  • Excellent Representation

    Attention Matt Schmidt, thank you for the excellent representation you continue to provide as legal actions in my behalf move along toward settlement. I appreciate the way you have kept me informed and advised regarding procedures. Your explanations helped me understand the complexities involved,...
  • Empathetic, understanding and awesome

    To put our gratitude in a few words is difficult. Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi helped us during a very difficult time in our lives. Matt was empathetic, understanding and listened to all of our family's needs. His legal assistant, Elizabeth, was awesome. She also took the time to help us in every asp...
  • A Good Firm to Choose; No Nonsense

    I chose Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi to represent me after I was injured in a car accident last summer. After the accident, my first impulse was to try and work with the insurance companies involved and not involve a lawyer. To be honest, I had been turned off by television ads for "injury lawyers" pr...
  • Diligent; kept me informed; stress-free

    My son in law recommended the firm Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi as the best firm to represent me in my lawsuit. I am so glad that he did. Matt Schmidt worked diligently for me. This process was a new experience for me and at times puzzling, but I was kept informed. I was always treated with dignity an...
  • Highly Recommended

    Our lawyer, Matt Schmidt, made us feel very comfortable, and we were extremely happy that we were able to resolve our matter quickly and in a highly satisfying manner. We were very impressed by the service and generosity of the firm. Our paralegal, Elizabeth Holguin, was very kind, and we appreci...
  • Would hire again

    I have never needed a lawyer for anything in my life. I can honestly say Matt Schmidt and all of the office staff kept me informed of everything going on in my case. They did the best to get me a settlement. I would hire them again if I needed to. Thanks for all your help.
  • Thank you Matt!

    After having been through a car accident, I wasn't sure whether to hire an attorney or settle the claim myself. After speaking with Matt, he gave me the confidence to hire him and his staff to represent me. His value proposition was simply that the cost for their services would be outweighed by t...
  • A letter from a client

    Good Afternoon Mr. Schmidt and Elizabeth, Thanks so much for your time, efforts and support in this. I believe you both have already done so much for me and for that I'm so grateful.   Mr. Schmidt, it brings a smile to me knowing how you are ready to put up your dukes for me. It shows me how gre...
  • Couldn't have asked for better.

    I appreciate you all so much for everything you have done to make this process easier for me and my family. I couldn't have asked for anyone better. Thank you. E.S.
  • Hard working, open and honest

    Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian worked tirelessly to get the money back we spent for repairs from water damage our homeowners insurance fought to reimburse us for.  We had a dishwasher leak from the motor. Our insurance company sent a representative out to our house and denied the claim. We hired M...
  • Best of the Best!

    Matthew F. Schmidt is the type of lawyer every client would want, and other lawyers should strive to be like. Matt's skill and hard work is surpassed only by his virtue and compassion. Throughout the last three and a half years that he represented us, Matt proved to be a dedicated defender of our...
  • Fighting on our behalf

    My husband and I were referred to Matthew Schmidt as a highly qualified attorney. We had a serious issue that would have a serious impact on our lives if it couldn't be resolved in our favor. My husband had a company long-term care insurance plan as a retiree. We missed a payment due to a seriou...
  • Compassionate and Passionate

    I am greatly indebted of gratitude to the staff at Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian for their enormously helpful services. In February of 2018, I was involved in a motorcycle accident which resulted in multiple breaks in four bones of my left shoulder.  It was necessary to wait eighteen days to hav...
  • Prepared, knowledgeable and experienced

    We owe so much thanks to Matt and his wonderful Paralegal Elizabeth. I could not recommend anyone with more esteem and we feel extremely blessed to have had Matt Schmidt represent us. What started as a small claims case escalated into a counter suit against us, and had us well outside of our ele...
  • Excellent!

    Matt and Elizabeth were excellent! Elizabeth's email responses were quick and helpful no matter how many times we asked similar questions. I felt comfortable with Matt's approach and communication which says a lot when experiencing a very difficult time post car accident injuries. A.W.
  • Amazing

    I am very appreciative of the time, care, concern and overall handling of my uninsured/underinsured motorist "bad faith" claim. Matt Schmidt and Elizabeth were nothing short of amazing during one of the most stressful times of my life. They took away most of the stress and doubt throughout the pr...
  • Could not have asked for better

    I could not have asked for better representation than what I received with this firm. Everyone acted very professional and diligent at all times and handled case, meeting and even exceeding my highest expectations. I thank everyone involved in this process who has helped me get through it. I woul...
  • Matt and his team were a pleasure to work with

    Matt and his team were a pleasure to work with. They kept us informed about our case at all times and were able to get a favorable judgment in the end. Thank you!
  • We highly recommend them.

    Matt and Irma make a great team. They are professional, very knowledgeable and kept us up to date as to what progress was being made on our claim. They were able to guide us through the process and ensured that we were able to get the settlement we were entitled to in a very timely manner. ...

Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian

Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian is one of the most experienced, successful personal injury law firms in the Tucson area. Established in 1995, our firm has a long history of success, as seen in our many victories.