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Willie Schmerler (continued)
Meanwhile, he was also establishing prominence among trial lawyers for his work representing those injured or killed by the misdeeds of others. He achieved status as a specialist, board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1988. He has successfully negotiated or mediated hundreds of cases to satisfactory resolutions, many times more than cases actually tried in court, though he maintains an impressive record of courtroom victories with money awards many times greater than the amounts that had been offered in settlement.

In 1995, Willie and his wife, Cynthia L. Biggers, established the law firm of Biggers & Schmerler, P.C. Among their successful trials, several are noteworthy. In Shanks v. City of Cedar Park et al., #93-112-C26, Willie persuaded a Williamson County judge and jury to hold the city liable for $265,000.00 damages for a citizen accidentally shot in the knee by a police officer. The couple also won criminal cases involving allegations of homicide, robbery and sexual assault.

In 2000, Willie and his wife and children, Sam and Eli, undertook an adventure to travel in Europe during a sabbatical that lasted almost a year. When they returned home, Willie hired on with Scanlan, Buckle & Young, P.C. as one of its litigation specialists. He continues to work defending those accused of crimes and pursuing justice for those killed or injured by the wrongful acts of others.

Since joining Scanlan, Buckle & Young, P.C., Willie won the first verdict of acquittal from an Austin Federal Court jury in over three years.