Patrick Schmidt is Counsel to the Washington D.C. law firm of Hills Stern & Morley LLP (HSM). HSM attorneys have extensive experience in providing legal advice on project development, cross-border financing, natural resource development, and technical assistance in and to emerging markets. They have advised on numerous project finance and leveraged equity transactions in more than 50 emerging market countries, virtually all of which involved analysis (and management) of challenging local law issues and interaction with local counsel, and some of which involved international law issues (such as law of treaties, state responsibilities, and disputed territories). HSM attorneys have represented sovereign governments and governmental entities on a variety of matters, including advising on transactional matters as well as issues before the U.S. Government.
Patrick Schmidt has diverse experience in corporate, legislative and policy matters. His principal focus has been on advising foreign companies and governments on the development and financing of transportation, technology, energy and real estate projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has substantial experience with sovereign representation, including advising on matters of financial and economic development. Mr. Schmidt has assisted Caribbean islands with the development of their renewable energy programs. For example, he has advised the Government of Aruba on its plans to transition off fossil fuels, and he has worked closely with Aruba’s partners on this project, such as the Carbon War Room and the Rocky Mountain Institute. Mr. Schmidt also has represented foreign and domestic clients on policy matters before the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch.
Mr. Schmidt is the author and co-author of numerous articles and commentary on topics of international law, commerce and public policy, which have appeared in the following publications: The International Lawyer, International Business Lawyer, Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Der Schweizer Treuhander/L’Expert Comptable Suisse, The Business Link, Law & Policy in International Business, Vanderbilt Law Review, El Cronista Comercial, Renewable Energy World and the Georgetown Journal of International Law.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He also completed graduate courses in international law in the doctoral program at the University of Madrid (Complutense) Faculty of Law pursuant to a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship. At Georgetown University Law Center, he served as Senior Lead Articles Editor of Law and Policy in International Business (now known as the Georgetown Journal of International Law).
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Argentine American Dialogue (Diálogo Argentino Americano), the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Harvard Club of New York City.