Trace Schmeltz is a partner in the Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he is a member of the Litigation Department and the Financial and Regulatory Litigation and White Collar and Investigations Practice Groups. A seasoned trial attorney with experience in numerous forums including the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Securities and Exchange Commission, he concentrates his practice on securities, commodities, mergers and acquisitions and white collar criminal litigation. In addition, he has pursued and defended claims on behalf of auditors, investment banks, futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, corporate boards and corporations.
Mr. Schmeltz has served a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, ranging from financial institutions, hedge funds and commodity trading advisors to communications firms and accounting firms. He has also worked with the government—including the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission—as counsel to receivers and monitors. For instance, he presently serves as the primary counsel responsible for addressing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues on the attorney team advising the independent corporate compliance monitor for a large U.S. medical device manufacturer and distributor, pursuant to the company’s deferred prosecution agreements with the U.S. government.
Since 2013, Mr. Schmeltz has been selected as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by Illinois Super Lawyers for his work in Securities Litigation and Civil Litigation Defense.
In addition to being admitted to practice in Illinois and Washington, D.C., Mr. Schmeltz is admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar.
He earned a B.A. from Principia College in 1992. In 1997, he earned a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was a member of the University of Kansas Law Review.
Mr. Schmeltz serves on the board of directors for the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and was recently honored with the "Making a Difference Board Volunteer" award for his service to the organization.