School of Law - Visiting Jurist Series - Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Judge Engelmayer was appointed to the Southern District bench in 2011. He is a graduate of Harvard College (1983) and Harvard Law School (1987). Between college and law school, he was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Following law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Patricia M. Wald of the D.C. Circuit, and then for Justice Thurgood Marshall at the Supreme Court. Between 1989 and 1994, Mr. Engelmayer was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, largely assigned to the Official Corruption Unit, where he tried white collar cases and handled appeals. In 1994, he served as the Office’s Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney. He then became an Assistant to the Solicitor General in Washington for two years, briefing and arguing cases before the Supreme Court and advising on federal litigation. In 1996, he returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District, serving as Chief of the Major Crimes Unit. In 2000, he joined Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (today, WilmerHale) as a partner. He specialized in complex civil and securities litigation, criminal defense, appellate litigation and securities enforcement, and he handled a substantial pro bono practice. From 2005 until his judicial appointment, he was Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s New York office.