In 2006, Cali Schmitt joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin as a Bilingual Case Manager and was quickly promoted to Bilingual Litigation Paralegal and later became a Bilingual Personal Injury Attorney. She currently assists both English and Spanish-speaking clients with their personal injury, workers' compensation and Social Security Disability claims.
Ms. Schmitt received her J.D. from North Carolina Central University. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has lived in many parts of the world and has done extensive volunteer work. As an attorney, she is passionate about helping those who are traditionally without power due to a lack of income, education or English-language skills.
"My job is to prevent people from being taken advantage of,"Ms. Schmitt said. "That is certainly not limited to Spanish-speakers. Anyone who is facing months without work due to an accident is tempted to take whatever money the insurance company offers. But there are added barriers if you don't fully understand the language and culture.
"We can often help people get a better legal result than if they tried to handle the problem by themselves. And what they get is only what the law says they deserved in the first place."
Ms. Schmitt is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Durham County Bar, and the North Carolina State Bar.
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