Peter J. Schmitz was a graduate of Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota Law School. He came to Northfield in 1968 to practice law with Burton Sawyer and Robert Lampe. In 1971, he founded the firm which is today known as Schmitz, Ophaug & Blumhoefer, LLP. He practiced law with that firm for 29 years until his retirement in 2000. Peter was a skilled litigator who specialized in personal injury cases. Martindale-Hubbell considered him an "AV" lawyer and he was named a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine. Peter died in January 2014 after a short bout with cancer.