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Shechtman , Paul
Paul Shechtman
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Paul Shechtman has more than 30 years of experience, representing clients in federal and state criminal and regulatory investigations. Paul’s experience includes matters related to antitrust law, health care fraud, insider trading, political corruption, FCPA and other complex cases. 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 for 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.

In addition, Paul has taught criminal procedure and evidence at Columbia Law School for more than 25 years and won awards for outstanding teaching. He also spent two years as a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Representative Matters

Paul has argued more than 40 cases in the New York Court of Appeals, the Appellate Departments and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2012, Paul represented New York Crane Company, which was indicted for manslaughter and other crimes stemming  from an accident in northern Manhattan. The trial resulted in an acquittal on all counts.

In 2004, Paul 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 power.

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

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

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

Paul won a dismissal of the charges against a young attorney in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal prosecution in Manhattan.

Paul represented a well-known hip hop artist at her sentencing in a highly publicized perjury prosecution.

Paul defended the CEO of a leading New York-based materials testing company 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.

Paul represented a Brooklyn bakery owner whose murder conviction was twice overturned in federal and state appellate courts.

Paul represented a pediatric neurologist whose conviction and 48-year prison sentence was overturned on appeal.

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

Publications

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.

“U.S. Supreme Court to Tackle When Statement Is Testimonial,” New York Law Journal,  July 19, 2010.

“In the Area of Eyewitness Identification Expert Testimony, LeGrand Should Be Revisited,” New York Criminal Law Newsletter,  Spring 2010.

“People v. Brown: One Expert Is Enough,” New York Law Journal, January 11, 2010.

“Corley v. United States: The United States Supreme Court Salvages the Mallory Rule,” New York Criminal Law Newsletter, Winter 2010.

“Revisiting Bruton Issue on Confessions and Limiting Instructions,” New York Law Journal, November 3, 2009.

“Not Many Fireworks During a Workmanlike Term,” New York Law Journal, August 31, 2009.

“Gary Cone and the Death Penalty,” New York Law Journal, June 24, 2009.

“People v. Giles Presents Distinct Evidentiary Issues,” New York Law Journal, June 18, 2009.

“The Changed Landscape in Federal Sentencing,” New York Criminal Law Newsletter, Spring 2009.

“Wexler Less Than Faithful to High Court’s Williamson,” New York Law Journal, September 19, 2008.

“Shellef: Rules 8(a) and 8(b) and Joinders of Counts,” New York Law Journal, May 22, 2008.

“People v. Goldstein and Rule 703,” New York Law Journal, January 13, 2006.

“Two Key, Tough Hypothetical Law School Examination Questions,” New York Law Journal, November 3, 2005.

“The Meaning of Depraved-Indifference Murder; New Legislation?,” New York Law Journal, April 4, 2005.

“A Term With Constitutional Proportions,” New York Law Journal, September 7, 2004.

“Federal Sentencing After Blakely,” New York Law Journal, July 19, 2004.

“Crawford and Confrontation Clause Jurisprudence,” New York Law Journal, February 2, 2004.

“No Fireworks But Noteworthy Precedents Set,” New York Law Journal, September 2, 2003.

“Retroactive Application of the PROTECT Act,” New York Law Journal, June 24, 2003.

“First Appeal of Death Sentence Heard,” New York Law Journal, October 7, 2002.

“Two Court of Appeals Rulings Redefine the Role of Trial Judge,” New York Law Journal, August 29, 2002.

“New Sentencing Rules Affect Money Laundering,” New York Law Journal, November 14, 2001.

“Watchwords Still Cautious, Centrist, Collegial,” New York Law Journal, October 1, 2001.

“Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection,” New York Law Journal, August 7, 2001.

“Separating Fraud from Tax Evasion in Fitzgerald, New York Law Journal, May 3, 2001.

“The Year in Review: Docket Shrinking, Dissents Are Few,” New York Law Journal, October 2, 2000.

“The ABCs of Bank Fraud in the Second Circuit,” New York Law Journal, March 2, 2000.

“The Year in Review: Term Marked by Lack of Ideological Bias,” New York Law Journal, October 4, 1999.

Education

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

Bar Admissions

New York
Pennsylvania (inactive)

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Circuits
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. District Court Connecticut
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Affiliations

Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence
New York State Permanent Sentencing Review Commission
New York State Bar Association Task Force on Government Ethics
New York Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee for the Court of Claims, Former Chair
New York State Ethics Commission, Former Chair
New York State Commission on Lobbying, Former Chair

Noteworthy

Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2011-2016
Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Litigation: Trial Lawyers, 2014, 2016
Woodward/White, Inc., Best LawyersNew York City Lawyer of the Year, White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2015; Appellate Practice, 2017
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2006-2015, 2017
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
Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award, New York State Bar Association, 2014
The National Law Journal, Winning , 2013
Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy, Office of the Appellate Defender, 2013
AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell