Craig Schmitz

Craig M. Schmitz


Craig Schmitz is a partner in the firm’s Technology Companies group, where his practice focuses on representing emerging growth companies, particularly in the technology and life science sectors, venture capital firms and underwriters. Mr. Schmitz is a member of Goodwin’s Allocation Committee. He joined Goodwin in 2010.


Mr. Schmitz specializes in representing technology companies in a wide range of transactions. He works closely with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and underwriters in venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and initial public offerings. Mr. Schmitz represents private and public emerging growth companies, issuers and underwriters involved in public offerings and companies involved in merger and acquisition transactions, as well as venture capital and private equity firms in buyout and recapitalization transactions.

Professional Activities

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Schmitz was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson Dettmer. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel at Ariba, Inc., a publicly traded enterprise software company. In this role, he was responsible for a number of functions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investing, partnering and licensing, and corporate governance.




University of California, Berkeley School of Law


University of California, Berkeley

(high honors, Phi Beta Kappa)



  • California

Recognition & Awards

Mr. Schmitz has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Venture Capital Law 2022-2023.

Mr. Schmitz was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Venture Capital Law, San Francisco 2022.

Mr. Schmitz is also consistently recognized as a national leader by The Legal 500 United States for his work on mergers, acquisitions and buyouts for venture capital and emerging companies.