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.