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Paul Shechtman

Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman, P.C.

New York, NY, USA


Paul Shechtman is one of New York's leading defense attorneys. He joined Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman in 1997 and became a name partner in 2006. While at the firm he has represented individuals, corporations, and municipal agencies in a wide range of federal and state criminal and regulatory investigations. He has tried numerous cases and frequently argues before the appellate courts of New York and the United States. Mr. Shechtman brings to Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman a wealth of experience as a government attorney, having served in high positions in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, the Office of the District Attorney of New York County, and the Office of the Governor of New York State.

Mr. Shechtman graduated from Swarthmore College in 1971, earning a B.A. in Economics with high honors. He then attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving a B. Phil. in Economics in 1973. In 1979, he received his J.D. in from Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude. Following graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and to the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. From 1981 to 1985, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, including as Chief of Appeals. From 1985 to 1987, he taught law at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1987, he became Counsel to the District Attorney of New York County, a position he held until 1993, when he returned to the United States Attorney's Office as Chief of the Criminal Division. From 1995 to 1997, he was the Director of Criminal Justice for the State of New York under Governor George E. Pataki.

During his tenure at Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman, Mr. Shechtman has represented the New York City Department of Environmental Protection in a complex federal investigation of the City's water treatment facilities; was trial counsel for a Mexican national in a Southern District insider trading prosecution; defended a high-level manager charged with committing health care fraud and obstruction of justice; was appellate counsel to the Governor of New York State in a challenge by the State Legislature to the Governor's authority in the budgeting process; represented the former counsel to the Governor of the State of Delaware in a death penalty appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court; and handled the appeal of an art dealer convicted in the Southern District of transporting artwork stolen from Egypt, among many other matters.

Mr. Shechtman has also continued his public service work while at Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman. He has served as the Chair of the Governor's Judicial Screening Committee for the Court of Claims and the Chair of the State Ethics Commission and the State Lobbying Commission. In addition, he teaches Criminal Procedure and Evidence at Columbia Law School and is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal and the New York Criminal Law Newsletter.

Mr. Shechtman lives in Manhattan with his wife, Bonnie, and his two daughters.

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

Bar Admissions 
- New York State
- United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York
- United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court, District of Connecticut

Associations and Board Service 
- Legal Aid Society Board
- Prisoners Legal Services Board

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