Brandon, Schmidt & Goffinet

Brandon, Schmidt & Goffinet

Founded in 1977, Brandon, Schmidt & Goffinet is committed to achieving exceptional results for clients throughout Southern Illinois.

Firm Overview

We represent insurance liability companies in a diverse array of litigation matters, including medical malpractice defense, automobile accident defense, product liability law, workers' compensation, and class actions. We also assist clients with criminal law, family law, personal injury, real estate, and contract matters. For detailed information on our practice area concentrations, please visit the practice areas overview page and the insurance defense page.

Our trial lawyers draw upon a wealth of litigation experience to provide clients with effective representation. We have appeared before state, federal, and appellate courts in Illinois, and have tried numerous cases through to the verdict and appeal stages. Our attorneys are Martindale Hubbell AV-rated, a distinction indicating preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards, and regularly publish scholarly articles on various areas of law. This allows Brandon, Schmidt & Goffinet to offer the depth of experience of a large firm, while remaining dedicated to the personal, cost-effective client service that only smaller firms can provide.

We assist clients in multiple counties throughout Southern Illinois on complex legal matters. To arrange for a consultation with one of our attorneys or for more information on the firm, contact Brandon, Schmidt & Goffinet via e-mail or call us at (618) 549-0777.

Brandon, Schmidt & Goffinet, located in Carbondale, Illinois, provides insurance defense litigation services to clients throughout Southern Illinois, including Jackson, Williamson, Franklin, Saline, Marion, Washington, Randolph, Union, Alexander, Pulaski, Massac, Pope, Hamilton, Wayne, Hardin, Gallatin, White, Jefferson, Perry, Johnson, and Counties. The firm also represents clients in the Southern District of Illinois, which includes the Federal Courthouses in East St. Louis and Benton.

Main Office

Main Office
916 West Main Street
Carbondale, IL 62902


(618) 549-0777

Personal Injury

We represent plaintiffs who have been seriously injured in auto, trucking, motorcycle, and slip and fall accidents.

In addition, we represent surviving family members who have lost loved ones in wrongful death actions.

Wm. Kent Brandon

Brandon, Schmidt & Goffinet

Wm. Kent Brandon, born in Carbondale, Illinois, has strong connections to Southern Illinois. A Senior Partner at Brandon, Schmidt & Goffinet, Mr. Brandon practices insurance defense, litigation, workers' compensation, and personal injury law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Mr. Brandon has attained the highest possible rating from Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, demonstrating preeminent legal ability and the highest standard of ethics. He is a former U.S. Magistrate of the Eastern District of Illinois, and is the author of "Magistrate Practice in Civil Matters," which was published in the Federal Civil Practice.

Mr. Brandon is admitted to practice in all state courts of Illinois, the U.S. District of the Southern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

-J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1964
-B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1961

-Illinois State Bar
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court

Previous Experience
-U.S. Magistrate, Eastern District of Illinois, 1971-75

Honors & Awards
-AV rated by Martindale Hubbell

Published Material
-Author, "Magistrate Practice in Civil Matters," Federal Civil Practice, 1974

Professional Associations & Memberships
-Jackson County Bar Association
-President, 1975
-Secretary, 1965-66
-Illinois State Bar Association
-American Judicature Society
-Mediation Association of Southern Illinois
-American College of Trial Lawyers


Northwestern University School of Law