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Paul H. Schoeman

Partner

Co-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 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 rejoined the firm in 2009. As Chief Assistant, Mr. Schoeman supervised the office’s Criminal and Civil Divisions. Before joining Kramer Levin, Mr. Schoeman previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, first as a line assistant and subsequently as 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 United States 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 2015, Chambers USA highlighted Mr. Schoeman’s “wide-ranging criminal investigations and litigation work” as well as his “trial expertise.”

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J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1995  
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A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 1991
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New York, 1996
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Honorable Edward R. Korman,  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1995 - 1996
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U.S. Supreme Court
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
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U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
    -Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing (2015)
    -Best Lawyers (2013-2015)
    -Chambers USA (2015)
    -Legal 500 US (2011-2012, 2015)
    -New York Super Lawyers (2007-2014)
    -Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Adjunct Professor, White Collar Crime
    -South 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
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