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Schad & Palmer, P.C.
Larry Schad

157 East Main Street
New Albany IN 47150
(812) 945-4555

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Schad & Palmer, P.C.

We handle Social Security disability cases.

We are devoted to providing the highest level of legal services to all of our clients through our quality of legal representation. Our firm is well recognized and insured, our staff is experienced and trained to serve you with the highest quality you expect and deserve.

Our primary goal is to listen to you and understand your needs. You can have comfort in knowing your legal representation is being handled in a responsive and cost effective manner.

Please Call: 812-945-4555


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Larry J. Schad

Larry J. Schad is a native of New Albany and graduated from New Albany High School in 1959.  He attended the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship and graduated in 1963.  His Juris Doctor was earned from the University of Louisville.

Following his graduation from U of L, it was necessary for Larry to complete two years of active military service in fulfillment of his ROTC Army Commission.  He served in the Medical Service Corp in Vietnam in 1969 and earned a Bronze Star.

Upon discharge from the Army, Larry returned home to begin his law career.  Within a year of returning, he decided to run for public office and was elected City Court Judge in 1972 and re-elected in 1976.  During that time he created many innovative programs designed to deal with growing public concerns, some of which were the first of their kind in the U.S.  Almost all courts in the country now have programs similar to those created by Larry in the 1970’s.

His law career has now spanned four decades.  In that time, he has added his sons to the firm to handle a growing caseload.  In July of 2004, an additional partner was added through Peter Palmer.  He currently practices in the area of Domestic Law, Wills and Estates, and Social Security Disability Claims.

He lives on a working dairy farm with his wife Judy, with whom he owns Capriole, Inc.  Capriole manufacturers both nationally and internationally acclaimed goat cheeses featured in many of the nation’s finest restaurants and eateries.


Peter D. Palmer

Originally from Hanover, Indiana, Mr. Palmer is a graduate of Muskingum College (B.A., 1992) and The University of Louisville School of Law (J.D., 1995). He is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Kentucky and maintains an active practice in both states.


Mr. Palmer has been a partner in the firm of Schad & Palmer in New Albany, Indiana since its inception in 2004. Prior to joining the firm, he spent a number of years practicing law in Louisville, Kentucky, where he handled insurance defense cases in a broad range of areas. In 1998, he made the decision to leave defense practice and refocus his career in the representation of the seriously injured. Since that time, Mr. Palmer has concentrated his practice in the fields of medical malpractice, products liability, class actions and other serious injury matters throughout Indiana and Kentucky and has tried civil cases in both states.


Mr. Palmer is a sustaining member of The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and serves on its Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, as well as the state bar associations for Indiana and Kentucky. He has presented full-day continuing legal education seminars on Medical Malpractice in Kentucky, and Handling Uninsured and Underinsured Automobile Cases in Kentucky. Mr. Palmer has also been an invited guest lecturer for the Trial Practice class at the The University of Louisville School of Law , and speaks frequently to various medical societies in Louisville on medical and legal issues.


In addition to his love of Indiana basketball, Mr. Palmer also enjoys music, golf and bicycling.


Email Mr. Palmer at ppalmer@schadlaw.com


Matthew Schad

Matt Schad handles a variety of serious injury and death cases, including products liability, construction site accidents, highway design, motor vehicle collisions, premises liability.  He enjoys cases with challenging complex medical, technical, and engineering elements.

Matt grew up in Floyd County, Indiana.  After graduating from Floyd Central High School he majored in Ancient Greek at Indiana University, where he earned high honors. He went on to attend the Florida State College of Law and graduated cum laude in 1994.  During law school Matt worked for the Florida Bar Association, won the 'best oralist' laward on the Moot Court team, and interned in Berlin, Germany for the United States Army.

After law school Matt joined the United States Army and served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps overseas in the Republic of Panama.  After promotion to captain he became the chief Army military prosecutor for the Southern Command.  As lead trial counsel he tried numerous courts martial for crimes in Panama, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and other Central American countries.

At the conclusion of his military career Matt returned home and joined the practice founded by his father Larry.  For several years he handled a wide variety of legal matters like divorces, estate planning, and general civil litigation.  Matt enjoys jury trials and, for the last several years, has limited his practice to injury and death cases.  In 2005 he was recognized as the Indiana  Young Trial  Lawyer of the Year.  He is a past president of the Floyd County Bar Association and a current member of the Board of Governors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.  His professional interests include using computer technology in the courtroom, a topic he has lectured on across the country.

Matt and his wife Molly have four children: Piper, Sebastian, Finnigan, and Hadley.  He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, bird hunting, cooking, and good music.


Jennifer L. Thompson

Jennifer L. Thompson is a native of Floyd County, Indiana, and is a graduate of Indiana University (B.A., 1992) and the University of Dayton School of Law (J.D., 1995).  She is admitted to practice in Ohio and Kentucky, including the Southern District of Ohio, and Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

Prior to joining Schad & Palmer, Ms. Thompson performed legal work in Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky.  First, she was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County, Ohio from 1995 to 1997 concentrating on child support and paternity issues, as well as juvenile delinquency adjudications.  In 1997, she was selected to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and was assigned to the Chicago Division.  As a Special Agent, Ms. Thompson specialized in complex white collar crime investigations, including financial institution fraud, securities and investment fraud, wire and mail fraud, public corruption and civil rights violations.  After September 11, 2001, she also became involved in domestic terrorism and foreign counter intelligence investigations, including a five month special assignment to the Louisville Division.  The results of her investigations were successfully prosecuted through the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois.

Northern District of Illinois.  In 2005, Ms. Thompson left the FBI and returned to the practice of law in Louisville, Kentucy where she was primarily involved in mass tort, pharmaceutical product liability litigation involving Vioxx, Medtronic and Guidant heart devices, hormone replacement therapy, and Fen-Phen.  Additionally, she was involved in nursing home abuse and neglect litigation and medical malpractice claims.  In November 2007, Ms. Thompson joined Schad & Palmer, PC, to focus her practice on more individualized personal injuries, as well as medical malpractice.

Ms. Thompson is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and Kentucky Justice Association.



Please Call: 812-945-4555


Please Call: 812-945-4555


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