Paul H. Schoeman is co-managing partner of Kramer Levin and co-chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice. He 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, Paul 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, Paul secured an acquittal of a former Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown investment representative on all charges of conspiring to deprive the Internal Revenue Service (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.
Paul 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, Paul supervised the office’s Criminal and Civil divisions. Before joining Kramer Levin, Paul served as an assistant U.S. 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.
Paul 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 recent years, Chambers USA has described Paul as “an insightful, pragmatic and gifted trial attorney” who “regularly defend[s] clients in matters involving alleged fraud, money laundering and FCPA violations,” calling him “fantastic in court and a terrific cross-examiner of witnesses,” “an excellent negotiator and really great strategist,” “analytically brilliant,” “a consummate legal tactician,” and “extremely engaged.” Chambers sources describe Paul as someone who is “incredibly levelheaded and thoughtful in how he approaches his work.” “down-to-earth and has a perfect touch with delicate and sensitive situations,” “wonderful to work with,” an “extraordinary lawyer who is able to cut through to the heart of an issue extremely efficiently,” and who has “a very steady hand with very high-quality judgment.” “He finds common ground in a way that is very effective for his client, and he is very reasonable in every conversation.” Legal 500 recently described him as an “excellent lawyer” and stated that he and his colleagues “throw themselves between the government and their clients, fighting for justice every step of the way.”
Represented a former Deutsche Bank AG broker who had been accused of participating in one of the largest tax fraud cases in history. Under the terms of a rare deferred prosecution agreement with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, our client will not have to face retrial and all charges against him will be dropped in a year.
Won an acquittal on all charges against a former Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown investment representative charged with conspiring to deprive the IRS of billions of tax dollars through the use of allegedly abusive tax shelters after a jury trial in the Southern District of New York.
Secured acquittal of all charges of grand larceny and filing of false instruments against the former deputy speaker of the New York State Assembly, Clarence Norman Jr., after a jury trial in New York State Supreme Court.
Obtained the dismissal of all charges against a client indicted in the Eastern District of New York for bribing an employee of the New York City Department of Buildings.
Successfully defended Michael Eisner, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Co., against a derivative action involving the hiring and firing of Michael Ovitz, before the Delaware Chancery Court and on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court.
Defended the head of a multibillion-dollar investment fund and successfully obtained dismissal of all charges relating to allegations of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing the president of Azerbaijan.
Represented senior executives of major banks in connection with multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering laws and OFAC violations.
Represented CFOs of publicly traded companies in a variety of complex accounting fraud cases and investigations brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Represented senior rating agency analysts in investigations of residential mortgage-backed securities ratings by the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC.
Conducted internal investigations on behalf of numerous public and private companies into allegations such as insider trading, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and health care fraud.
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1995
- Executive editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
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
- American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
- Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc., 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
- City Bar Fund, Former Board Member
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