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Alan Schoenfeld

Partner

Schoenfeld, Alan

Alan Schoenfeld has experience representing clients in a wide variety of civil matters before state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. His practice has focused on commercial disputes and defense of complex class actions, with a particular focus on financial institutions. He has represented a diverse group of clients in cases involving securities, antitrust, bankruptcy, RICO, FCRA, EFTA, FDCPA, UDAP, contract and tort claims, among others.

Mr. Schoenfeld also has extensive experience with appellate litigation in United States Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been involved in briefing and oral argument for matters involving a wide range of issues of both federal and state law, including federal Indian law, intellectual property, antitrust, banking law, contract law, and criminal law and procedure. Mr. Schoenfeld has represented clients before the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, and has presented oral arguments in the Second and Ninth Circuits.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schoenfeld completed clerkships with the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was a summer associate at WilmerHale in 2005 and 2006.

Pro Bono

Mr. Schoenfeld has an extensive pro bono practice, with a particular focus on LGBT, immigration, special education and federal Indian law matters. He has acted as counsel or co-counsel to the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, Immigration Equality, Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Children of New York, and the National Congress of American Indians in numerous matters.

Mr. Schoenfeld was a member of the WilmerHale team acting as co-counsel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in its challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He is currently representing a transgender inmate incarcerated in Virginia, in her Eighth Amendment challenge to the State's refusal to provide medically necessary treatment for her gender dysphoria.

Honors & Awards

  • Named a "Rising Star" in 2017 by New York Super Lawyers for his business litigation practice
  • Selected as the 2014 recipient of the Federal Bar Council's inaugural Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service
  • Recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2013 as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40

Publications & News

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May 30, 2017

The National Law Journal Names WilmerHale Washington DC Litigation Department of the Year

The National Law Journal has named WilmerHale the 2017 Washington DC Litigation Department of the Year in the General Litigation category.

July 14, 2016

Brooklyn Defender Services Recognizes WilmerHale’s Pro Bono Contributions

The firm has provided pro bono support to the Family Defense Practice in parents' rights cases since 2011, and several current and former WilmerHale lawyers have served on the organization's advisory board.

November 23, 2015

2nd Circ. Provides Some Clarity On Legal Advice Protections

An article by Jonathan Cedarbaum, Charles Platt, Alan Schoenfeld and Jeffrey Schomig, published in the November 23, 2015 issue of Law360. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that the “common interest” doctrine protects legal and tax liability analysis prepared for a client and subsequently shared with a consortium of banks providing financing for the client. Schaeffler v. United States, No. 14-1965, slip op. (2d Cir. Nov. 10, 2015).

November 13, 2015

Second Circuit Clarifies Common Legal Interest and Work Product Doctrines for Material Shared Among Transacting Parties

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that the “common interest” doctrine protects legal and tax liability analysis prepared for a client and subsequently shared with a consortium of banks providing financing for the client.

November 6, 2015

OCR Finds That Title IX Requires Equal Locker Room Access for Transgender Students

The US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently confirmed that transgender students are protected from sex-based discrimination under Title IX and found that a public school district violated Title IX by denying a transgender student equal locker room access.

March 6, 2015

303 Conservatives File Historic Amicus Brief in Marriage Equality Case Before US Supreme Court

Project Right Side and former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman formally filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court involving four landmark cases slated to be heard on April 28, 2015 concerning government recognition of the freedom to marry.

January 5, 2015

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel.

July 23, 2014

New York Counsel Alan Schoenfeld Honored with Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service

Alan Schoenfeld has been selected as the recipient of the Federal Bar Council's inaugural Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service. This prestigious award recognizes and celebrates lawyers in private practice who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to pro bono legal services.

July 11, 2014

WilmerHale Achieves Pro Bono Victory for Domestic Violence Victim and Autistic Child

On July 8, 2014, WilmerHale achieved a significant victory for a pro bono client and domestic violence victim in a case described by the Second Circuit as involving “novel and significant issues” of “first impression” under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

August 26, 2013

WilmerHale Counsel Alan Schoenfeld Named to “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40”

Speaking Engagements

Professional Activities

Mr. Schoenfeld serves as co-chair of the firm's Hiring Committee in New York.

Community Involvement

Mr. Schoenfeld is vice chairman of the board of directors of Let's Get Ready.

Practices

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Education

JD, Yale Law School, 2006, Essays Editor, Yale Law Journal

MPhil, University of Cambridge, 2003

BA, summa cum laude, Yale College, 2002, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

New York

Clerkships

The Hon. Denise Cote, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2007 - 2008

The Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2006 - 2007

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