Mr. Schmidt serves as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel to EAM Partners L.P.. Prior to joining EAM in March of 2004, Mr. Schmidt was associated with a prominent New York and New Jersey based law firm, at which he tried and briefed numerous cases to conclusion and practiced business and corporate law. Mr. Schmidt holds degrees from Villanova University (B.A.) and Hofstra University School of Law (J.D.). Mr. Schmidt is admitted to practice before the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey and New York as well as the United States Tax Court.