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Paul H. Schoeman


Chair, White Collar Defense and Investigations

Phone: 212.715.9264 Fax: 212.715.8064 New York

Paul H. Schoeman defends clients in complex and often high-profile criminal, civil and regulatory matters involving every aspect of white collar crime, including securities fraud, money laundering, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, insider trading, accounting fraud and tax evasion. A skilled advocate in and out of the courtroom, Mr. Schoeman represents corporations and individuals in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Congress, the New York State Attorney General’s Office and other authorities. His work on behalf of his clients also includes conducting internal corporate investigations.

Among his most notable matters, Mr. Schoeman secured an acquittal of a former Deutsche Bank Alex Brown investment representative on all charges of conspiring to deprive the IRS of billions of tax dollars through the use of allegedly abusive tax shelters after a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also secured the acquittal of the former Deputy Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Clarence Norman Jr., on all charges of grand larceny and the filing of false instruments after a jury trial in New York State Supreme Court.

Mr. Schoeman originally joined Kramer Levin in 2003. He left in 2007 to serve as the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and then rejoined the firm in 2009. As Chief Assistant, Mr. Schoeman supervised the office’s Criminal and Civil divisions. Before joining Kramer Levin, Mr. Schoeman served as an Assistant United States Attorney, first as a line assistant and subsequently as the Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section. He represented the United States as lead counsel in a wide variety of significant federal criminal prosecutions, and conducted numerous jury trials involving securities fraud, labor racketeering, tax evasion, identity theft and narcotics trafficking. He received a 2003 Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Mr. Schoeman is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a distinction granted to only the top trial lawyers in the country. He has been recognized by Chambers USA and Legal 500 as one of the leading white collar criminal defense lawyers in the United States. In 2016, Chambers USA described Mr. Schoeman as “analytically brilliant” and “a very steady hand with very high-quality judgment.”

Mr. Schoeman serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1995  
A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 1991
New York, 1996
Honorable Edward R. Korman,  U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York, 1995 - 1996
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
U.S.C.A., D.C. Circuit
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
    -Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing (2015)
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers (2013-2018)
    -Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA (2015-2017)
    -Legalease’s Legal 500 US (2011-2012, 2015-2017)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers (2012, 2015-2016)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers (2007, 2009-2011, 2013-2014)
    -American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
    -Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc., Board Member
    -City Bar Fund, Board Member
    -Citizens Budget Commission, Trustee
    -Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York, Member
    -New York Council of Defense Lawyers
    -Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Adjunct Professor, White Collar Crime