find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Lawyer gets the sack, allegedly knifes managing partner

Lawyer gets the sack, allegedly knifes managing partner

Law firm in-fights are often described as brutal or bloody but these words can rarely be applied in a wholly literal sense… except, of course, in America.

When Virginia lawyer Alecia Schmuhl lost her job recently she and her husband, Andrew Schmuhl, allegedly forced their way into her elderly boss’ home and violently attacked him and his wife, leaving both in hospital fighting for their lives.

The attacks, which were said to have occurred on 9 November, were no hit and run affair; the gruesome revenge was drawn out over several hours, according to police.

The couple apparently drove to the managing partner’s house in McClean, knocked on the door and pushed their way inside. Andrew Schmuhl then allegedly stabbed the man and, when his wife entered the scene, stabbed her as well.

The wife eventually escaped and activated the alarm shortly before 10pm, calling police to the house and causing the alleged assailants to bolt. A massive police manhunt brought dozens of officers and a helicopter to the area. Neighbours report seeing a lot of blood at the scene.

Eventually the couple were found and each charged with two counts of abduction and two counts of malicious wounding.

The Washington Post spoke to Merrit Green, a partner at a firm where Alecia Schmuhl previously worked prior to taking up her position at Bean Kinney & Korman.

He described Ms Schmuhl as a diligent worker with an outgoing and friendly personality.

“It’s a horrendously sad situation. She was on a good, bright career path and so was her husband. It’s just unbelievable,” he said.    

Mr and Mrs Schmuhl met at the Valparaiso University School of Law from where they both graduated in 2009. Alecia Schmuhl went on to work for Bean Kinney & Korman and her husband became a judge advocate with the Army at Fort Belvoir.

Folklaw is curious to see whether Mr and Mrs Schmuhl will get a good defence – after all, what kind of lawyer willingly defends a couple with a reputation for stabbing another lawyer?

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Lawyer gets the sack, allegedly knifes managing partner
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
microphone
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
protest
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Blocked
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...