Jeffrey Schomig's practice includes representing clients in government regulatory and criminal investigations and in civil litigation. His practice also focuses on advising clients and other attorneys concerning attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine issues in a range of contexts, including the formation of joint defense relationships and non-waiver agreements. His decade-and-a-half of focus on legal privileges has allowed him to gain unique perspective on this area of law. Mr. Schomig’s work includes:
- advising on the use of common legal interest arrangements to protect sensitive legal communications between transacting parties during complex deal negotiations;
- counseling on privilege protection issues for internal, regulatory compliance controls and policies;
- advising multinational clients on a range of issues involving the intersection of US and foreign privilege law, such as the impact of disclosure to foreign law enforcement authorities, compulsion and conflicts of privilege law;
- preparing a common legal interest arrangement for a multinational consortium of high tech companies to allow the members to collectively address regulatory concerns in a privilege-protected setting;
- preparing a communications protocol for trade association members to exchange privileged information;
- advising companies on privilege protection for internal investigation materials in response to data breach incidents; and
- counseling financial institutions on privilege waiver and work product claims issues associated with regulatory cooperation.
Engaging in cutting-edge developments impacting legal privilege is key to both influencing the direction of those developments, and remaining a thought leader who can counsel clients and colleagues on how developing issues will impact them. To that end, Mr. Schomig serves on the Privilege Standing Committee, the primary advisory body to the firm's lawyers on attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine issues.
Mr. Schomig is a frequent instructor at CLE courses and an author on privilege topics. His articles have been published by Bloomberg Law Reports, Bloomberg BNA, Antitrust Report, Corporate Counsel and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s The Docket.
Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Schomig practiced insurance, aviation and commercial civil litigation in Maryland, where he represented corporate and individual clients at deposition, during negotiation, at motion hearings and at trial.
Mr. Schomig has instructed at CLE courses on the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine, and serves on the editorial board of the ABA's Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee website. He has published articles on Maryland's retail gasoline below-cost pricing statute: "Laws Protection Will Hurt Consumers," The Capital, September 2, 2001, at A11; and on privilege issues: "To Produce or Not Produce? Common Pitfalls and Important Considerations When Withholding Responsive Documents from Second Request Production," Antitrust Report, May 2001, at 20.
Mr. Schomig is a member of the American Bar Association's Litigation Section (Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee) and Antitrust Section (Antitrust Litigation, Civil Practice & Procedure, State Antitrust Enforcement, Sherman Act Section 1 and Clayton Act Committees), and is a contributor to Antitrust Law Developments (5th ed. 2002).
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JD, University of Richmond, 1996Lead Articles Editor, Richmond Journal of Law and The Public Interest
BA, American University, 1992
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