Paul H. Schoeman - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Paul H. Schoeman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

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 serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
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U.S. Supreme Court
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U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
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U.S.C.A., D.C.
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U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
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U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
Experience

Represented David Parse, 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, Mr. Parse 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 Company, 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.

Princeton UniversityAB 1991Harvard Law School,J.D. 1995
American College of Trial LawyersBrooklyn Legal Services, IncCity Bar FundCitizens Budget Commission

Office Location

1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
United States


Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Litigation)