Partner Paul Engelmayer Confirmed to US District Court

Partner Paul Engelmayer Confirmed to US District Court


WilmerHale is pleased to announce that on July 26, the US Senate, by a vote of 98-0, confirmed President Obama’s nomination of WilmerHale Partner Paul Engelmayer as a United States District Judge. Paul will be sworn in and join the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in mid- to-late September.

Paul joined WilmerHale’s New York office in January 2000 from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he had been chief of the Major Crimes Unit and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney, and prosecuted numerous significant white-collar cases. He also served in the US Department of Justice for two years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and has argued more than 20 appellate cases, including four before the United States Supreme Court.

At WilmerHale, Paul has handled a wide range of high-profile white-collar criminal cases and securities enforcement investigations; internal investigations; and the representation of institutions in complex securities and commercial litigation. Since 2005, he has led the firm’s 170-lawyer New York office as Partner-in-Charge, and has contributed to the life of the firm in countless ways.

“We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from Paul over the last 11 years, and are enormously proud of his many accomplishments that led to his nomination and confirmation,” says WilmerHale Co-Managing Partner Bill Perlstein. “He is a remarkable lawyer and a remarkable person, and he will be an outstanding judge.”

Paul is a 1983 graduate of Harvard University, where he was Editorial Chairman of The Harvard Crimson, and a 1987 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was Treasurer of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court. Prior to law school, Paul worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal.