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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. 

Paul Shechtman is ‘shockingly good,’ according to market sources, who add: ‘He is an exceptionally gifted trial lawyer.’
Chambers USA, 2020


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.



Harvard Law School,
magna cum laude
Oxford University,
Swarthmore College,
high honors

Bar Admissions

New York
Pennsylvania (inactive)


New York State Bar Association
Task Force on Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes
Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York’s Courts



Is Limited Remand Procedure Unconstitutional?

Appellate Waivers: Traversing the Maze

Paul Shechtman Named to Law Power 50 List

New York Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Bracewell Attorneys

Prominent White Collar Partners Join Bracewell's Dallas Office

Barbara Jones and Paul Shechtman Join Bracewell



Chambers Global
USA: Litigation: Trial Lawyers, 2021
Chambers USA
New York Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2011 - 2021; Nationwide Litigation: Trial Lawyers, 2014 - 2021
The Legal 500
Hall of Fame, Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense, Named in 2018
The Legal 500 United States
Dispute Resolution - Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense, 2013 - 2021 (Leading Lawyer, 2013 - 2020; Hall of Fame, 2018 - 2021)
Portfolio Media, Inc.
MVP of the Year: White Collar, 2016
ALM Media Properties, LLC
National Law Journal
Criminal Law Trailblazer, 2020
BL Rankings
Best Lawyers
Appellate Practice, 2006 - 2022; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2006 - 2022; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2006 - 2022; New York City Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2015; New York City Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice, 2017, 2020; New York City Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2018
Law Business Research Ltd
International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
Business Crime, 2011 - 2015
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
Benchmark Litigation
National Litigation Star, 2022; New York Local Litigation Star, 2013 - 2015, 2022
Thomson Reuters
New York Metro Super Lawyers
2007 - 2021
City & State New York
Law Power 50, 2019 - 2020
New York State Bar Association
Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award, 2014
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


Past Events