NEW YORK – Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce that Paul Shechtman, a partner in the firm’s white collar defense practice, has been appointed to the New York State Justice Task Force by the Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals and of the State of New York.
Shechtman has more than 30 years of experience in government service and in private practice. He served as the director of criminal justice under former New York Governor George Pataki, where he negotiated criminal justice legislation on behalf of the governor. Before that he served as counsel to District Attorney Robert Morgenthau in New York County and served two stints as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. His work has clarified law and set important precedents in New York. He represented Governor Pataki in Pataki v. Silver in the New York Court of Appeals, which set a landmark precedent that gave the Governor broad budgetary powers.
Formed in 2009, the New York State Justice Task Force seeks to promote fairness, effectiveness and efficiency in the criminal justice system, and was one of the first permanent task forces on wrongful convictions in the United States. By closely examining exonerations in New York to determine how the criminal justice system failed, the Justice Task Force hopes to identify any recurring patterns and practices that may be contributing to wrongful convictions in this state. Chief Judge DiFiore has recently expanded the Task Force’s mission to examine bail and speedy trial issues.
Shechtman currently represents clients in federal and state criminal regulatory matters. His experience includes high-profile cases involving antitrust law, health care fraud, insider trading, political corruption and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Bracewell’s White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations, and Regulatory Enforcement team represents corporate and individual clients in the face of a criminal, civil or regulatory investigation or prosecution. The team helps to develop, review and audit corporate compliance programs to minimize the risk of violations of laws or regulations and, if subject to a government investigation, to reduce the likelihood of prosecution. The substantive matters the team handles are broad and include the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; environmental crimes; broker-dealer violations, accounting and financial fraud; government contracts and false claims act/qui tam matters; healthcare fraud; tax issues; and antitrust issues.