Paul Schoeman

Adjunct Professor of Law

Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP


B.A., 1991, Princeton University;
J.D., 1995, Harvard Law School


Paul Schoeman is a partner in the litigation department, practicing primarily in the areas of white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation.


Mr. Schoeman represents clients in a variety of major criminal, civil and regulatory cases and investigations. He has defended high-profile matters involving every aspect of white collar crime, including securities fraud, money laundering, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, insider trading, accounting fraud and tax evasion. He has conducted numerous corporate internal investigations and represented corporate and individual clients in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the SEC, the United States Congress, the New York State Attorney General and others.


Mr. Schoeman recently won an acquittal in a criminal prosecution in the Southern District of New York of a former Deutsche Bank Alex Brown investment representative who was charged with conspiring with three lawyers from Jenkens & Gilchrist, the former CEO of the accounting firm BDO Seidman, and others to deprive the IRS of billions of tax dollars through the use of allegedly abusive tax shelters. His client was the only defendant to be found not guilty on all charges.


Mr. Schoeman also won a complete acquittal on all charges at the trial of Clarence Norman, Jr., the former Deputy Speaker of the New York State Assembly. Additionally, Mr. Schoeman was a member of the trial team that represented Michael Eisner, the former CEO of the Walt Disney Company, in the successful defense in Delaware Chancery Court and on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court of a derivative action involving the hiring and firing of Michael Ovitz.


Mr. Schoeman originally joined the firm in 2003 and left in 2007 to serve as the Chief Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He rejoined the firm in 2009. As Chief Assistant, Mr. Schoeman supervised the office’s Criminal and Civil Divisions and personally handled several high profile cases. He also argued several appeals in the Second Circuit.


Before joining Kramer Levin in 2003, Mr. Schoeman previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for five years, first as a line assistant and subsequently as Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section. He investigated and prosecuted some of the most significant organized crime cases in the office, including United States v. Aparo, et al., which charged 45 members and associates of the five New York-based organized crime families with racketeering, murder, and related crimes, and led to a second federal conviction of Genovese family boss Vincent “Chin” Gigante. Mr. Schoeman also prosecuted United States v. Cattagio, et al., a 55-defendant stock fraud case involving more than $190 million in losses to investors. He also represented the United States as lead counsel in a wide variety of other 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 an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, where he teaches White Collar Crime, and speaks frequently at conferences on topics of criminal law and white collar defense.


Mr. Schoeman was named one of the “Top 100” Super Lawyers in 2012 by New York Super Lawyers, where he has been listed since 2007. He is also recognized by Best Lawyers (2013-2014) and Legal 500 US (2011-2012).

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