Angela Forss Schmit

ATTORNEY | PARTNER

Angela Forss Schmit is a partner at Koukol Johnson & Schmit, LLC. Her practice focuses on helping businesses launch, grow and protect their businesses with confidence. She also helps families grow and protect their legacy through adoption and estate planning.

As a business attorney and a wholehearted entrepreneur, Angela serves as a trusted advisor to business owners and is the go-to attorney for coaches, consultants and creative entrepreneurs. Angela is a firm believer that clear boundaries and agreements are the best legal protection for any business. Angela helps businesses establish a strong legal foundation, form the proper business entity, legally launch online, engage clients with legal-ease, and scale their team with clear expectations. Her mission is to hold business owners in integrity by ensuring that their legal policies and agreements align with their business values and best practices – by doing so, she helps her clients protect their time, money and mastery.

Angela is an experienced labor and employment attorney who counsels and represents public and private sector employers and human resource professionals navigating complex legal issues, including: employment policies and handbooks; collective bargaining; contract negotiation; performance management, personnel investigations, discipline and discharge; compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations; and representation in employment-related claims, such as charges of discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour violations, and prohibited practices litigation. Angela also conducts training for clients on a broad range of workplace topics to help industry leaders develop best practices.

As an experienced adoption attorney, Angela counsels and represents individuals and families in adoption matters, including kinship and stepparent adoptions. Angela is committed to helping families in transition understand their legal rights and obligations related to: paternity/maternity, petitions for adoption, consent to adoption and relinquishment of parental rights, and other unique issues facing families. Angela also serves as court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in adoption and guardianship matters.

Angela also helps individuals finalize their wishes and provide peace of mind for the families by designing and drafting wills, powers of attorneys, and other estate planning documents. Having a younger sister with Downs syndrome, Angela is also a passionate advocate for families with special needs and helps prepare special needs trusts.

Angela has attained a diverse legal education and professional experiences. During law school, Angela interned for the Honorable Angela R. Arkin, Douglas County District Court Judge (Colorado). Following law school, she completed a prestigious judicial fellowship in the Arapahoe County District Court (Colorado) for the Honorable F. Stephen Collins and the Honorable Robert H. Russell, II. Angela began practicing law at a reputable family law firm in Denver, Colorado, specializing in high-end financial cases involving businesses, as well as complex constitutional law issues. Upon moving to Omaha, Nebraska, Angela joined a prominent general practice law firm in Sarpy County, Nebraska, where she served as labor and employment counsel for the City of Bellevue, the third largest city in the State of Nebraska; Angela has also represented individuals and employers in a variety of labor relations and employment law matters, family law cases and adoptions, business transactions and disputes, real estate and landlord/tenant matters. Angela embarked on an entrepreneurial journey as a solo practitioner when she founded Schmit Law Firm, LLC in 2017. In 2022, Schmit Law Firm merged with Koukol & Johnson to form Koukol, Johnson & Schmit. She credits her time running her own law firm as one of the greatest personal and professional development experiences of her lifetime.

Angela enjoys teaching budding entrepreneurs as an adjunct instructor at Metro Community College, where she has taught Business Law in the Paralegal Studies program and a variety of courses in the Event and Wedding Planning Certificate program.

Outside of the practice of law, Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, attending retreats, horseback riding, wine and traveling.

Practice Areas

Adoption
Business Law
Civil Litigation
Employment Law
Estate Planning
Labor Law
Outside General Counsel

Mediation Training

Basic Trained Mediator
Parenting Act Trained Mediator

Industry Areas

Coaching
Consulting
Hospitality & Event Planning
Personal Development

Education

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Business Management Entrepreneurship

Bar Admissions

State of Nebraska
State of Colorado
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska

Professional Affiliations

Nebraska State Bar Association
Colorado State Bar Association
Nebraska Women’s Bar Association
Omaha Bar Association
Sarpy County Bar Association
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM)
Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce
Western Douglas (West O) County Chamber of Commerce
Notre Dame Club of Omaha
Super Lawyers’ Great Plains Rising Star, 2018 – 2022

Community Involvement

Metropolitan Community College, Business Management & Legal Studies Adjunct Instructor (2018 – Present)
Girl Scout Troop 48481 at St. Wenceslaus School, Co-Leader (2021 – Present)
TeamMates Mentoring Program, Mentor
Papillion-LaVista High School, Mock Trial Coach

Seminars & Publications

National Business Institute, Advanced Family Law CLE
Presenter of “Navigating Complex Asset Cases” and “Death and Divorce – Estate Planning Considerations” (December 2018)
National Business Institute, Employment Law: 2018 Comprehensive Guide CLE
Presenter of “Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today’s Handbooks” and “Monitoring Employees: Privacy Issues and Employer Risks” (November 2018)
National Business Institute, Human Resource Law from A to Z CLE
Presenter of “Comprehensive Overview of the Issues Affecting HR Departments” (March 2018)
2017 Regional Seminar (Lincoln, Gering, Ogallala, Kearney & Norfolk)
Presenter of “Labor and Employment Law Update and Priorities for the Trump Administration,” “Employment Law Jeopardy” and “3D Strategies for Managing Employees: Discipline, Discharge, Documentation” (April 2017)
National Business Institute, Divorce Law Guide From A to Z CLE
Presenter of “Tips and Techniques for Case Assessment and Vital First Steps” (December 2016)
National Business Institute, Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law CLE
Presenter of “Complex Assets: Valuation and Division” (July 2016)
Colorado Bar Association, The Colorado Lawyer
Co-author of the “Colorado Civil Union” article (July 2013)
Colorado Bar Association, Family Violence Program
Contributing author for “Domestic Violence Benchbook” (January 2010)

Strengths Finder Results

Achiever ~ Learner ~ Individualization ~ Relator ~ Focus

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