John Schmidt has been a member of Aero Law Group since 2004. During that time, he has represented clients around the world in their purchase and sale of business, commercial and personal aircraft.
John has negotiated aircraft purchase agreements with Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Textron, Embraer and Pilatus, among others, on behalf of corporate and individual clients in many different countries. He has also represented airlines and commercial leasing companies on four continents in their purchase of aircraft from Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer.
Prior to joining Aero Law Group, John spent seventeen years at Boeing where he negotiated commercial aircraft sales contracts with airlines across Europe. While at Boeing he also negotiated contracts with various foreign governments, including Russia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Brunei. John was involved for several years with Boeing’s business development activities in Russia.
John received his law degree from the University of Washington and his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Soviet International Studies from Willamette University. He also took part in foreign study programs at the University of Zagreb, Leningrad State University and the University of Hamburg. Additionally, John was a guest lecturer in international law at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. He speaks Russian and German.
John is a member of the state bar of Washington and the American Bar Association. In his spare time, John tries to keep up with his wife and two sons.