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About Paul

Paul Shechtman has more than 30 years of experience, representing clients in federal and state criminal and regulatory matters. His experience includes cases involving antitrust law, health care fraud, insider trading, political corruption, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Paul has argued more than 40 cases in the New York Court of Appeals, the Appellate Departments and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; his work before federal and state appellate court has led to important precedents.

Prior to entering private practice, Paul served as the director of criminal justice under Governor George Pataki. In that role, he negotiated criminal justice legislation on behalf of Governor Pataki. He spent six years as counsel to District Attorney Robert Morgenthau in New York County; and he served two terms as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, first as chief of appeals and later as chief of the criminal division.

Paul was also appointed by Governor Pataki to serve as the chair of New York State Ethics Commission, the New York State Commission on Lobbying and the Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee for the Court of Claims. In 2005, Governor Pataki appointed Paul as an advisor to the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General to help overhaul the state agencies that pursue Medicaid fraud. 

'Star trial lawyer' Paul Shechtman of Bracewell LLP is a highly experienced litigator with a broad range of criminal defense expertise.
Chambers USA, 2016

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

New York Crane Company — represented client which was indicted for manslaughter and other crimes stemming from an accident in northern Manhattan. The trial resulted in an acquittal on all counts.

Governor George Pataki — represented Governor George Pataki in Pataki v. Silver in the New York Court of Appeals. The case set a landmark precedent that gave the Governor broad budgetary powers.

New York City Department of Environmental Protection — represented the New York City Department of Environmental Protection in a federal investigation of the city’s water treatment facilities

New York State Assembly — represented the New York State Assembly in the investigation of Speaker Sheldon Silver

New York Police Department officer — represented a New York Police Department officer in a high-profile manslaughter prosecution in Brooklyn

Attorney — won a dismissal of the charges against a client in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal prosecution in Manhattan

Well-known hip hop artist — represented the client at her sentencing in a highly publicized perjury prosecution

CEO of a leading New York-based materials testing company — defended the client against fraud charges brought by the New York County District Attorney. The case involved a two-month trial before a jury in New York State Supreme Court, and subsequent appeal.

Brooklyn bakery owner — represented the client whose murder conviction was twice overturned in federal and state appellate courts

Pediatric neurologist — represented a client whose conviction and 48-year prison sentence was overturned on appeal

CEO of a New York Stock Exchange specialist company — represented the client on charges brought by the SEC alleging fraud in trading. After a two-month hearing, all fraud charges were dismissed

Publications and Speeches

“Pragmatic Court Tackles DNA Evidence and Guilty Pleas,” New York Law Journal, August 22, 2016.

“Breaking New Ground on Miranda Preambles and Witness Intimidation,” New York Law Journal, August 25, 2015.

“The Dynamics of the Plea Bargain,” New York Law Journal, June 8, 2015.

“Cases Address Youthful Offenders, Depraved Indifference,” New York Law Journal, August 26, 2013.

“How a Man Named Brady Made History 50 Years Ago,” New York Law Journal, May 13, 2013.

“Fifty Years Ago Today, Gideon Affirmed a Right to Counsel,” New York Law Journal, March 18, 2013.

“Judge or Jury: Who Decides Facts Leading to Mandatory Minimums?,” New York Law Journal, December 12, 2012.

“Issues in 11 Notable Cases Range from Admissibility to Withdrawal,” New York Law Journal, August 27, 2012.

“The Grouping of Offenses Under Federal Sentencing Guidelines,” New York Law Journal, July 3, 2012.

“Reflections on Jury Nullification and a Dismissed Indictment,” New York Law Journal, May 17, 2012.

“Supreme Court Review in New Orleans Case Puts Spotlight on 'Brady',” New York Law Journal, September 4, 2011.

“Supreme Court to Hear Confrontation Clause Case Tomorrow,” New York Law Journal, March 4, 2011.

“Is Persistent Felony Offender Statute Constitutional?,” New York Law Journal, January 4, 2011.

Credentials

Education

Harvard Law School,
J.D.
1979
magna cum laude
Oxford University,
B.Phil.
1973
Swarthmore College,
B.A.
1971
high honors

Bar Admissions

New York
Pennsylvania (inactive)

News

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Portfolio Media, Inc.
Law360
MVPs of the Year: White Collar, 2016
Chambers USA
Litigation: White Collar Crime, 2011 - 2016; Litigation: Government Investigations, 2011 - 2016; Litigation: Trial Lawyers, 2014 - 2016
Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2017; New York City Lawyer of the Year, 2015; White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2006 - 2015; Appellate Practice, 2017; Appellate Practice, 2006 - 2015; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2017; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2006 - 2015
Law Business Research Ltd
International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
Business Crime, 2011 - 2015
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC and Institutional Investor LLC
Benchmark Litigation
Local Litigation Star, 2013 - 2015
Thomson Reuters
Super Lawyers
2007 - 2016
New York State Bar Association
Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award, 2014
The National Law Journal
Winning
2013
Office of the Appellate Defender
Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy, 2013
Internet Brands, Inc.
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated