Paula J. Schauwecker

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Ms. Schauwecker’s practice is focused on complex litigation in which she represents major industrial manufacturing and refining companies in toxic torts and product liability suits, as well as suits brought under federal and state environmental statutes. 

Before joining the firm, Ms. Schauwecker served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nina Gershon, United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York. She received her law degree from Pace University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2002) and earned a certificate in environmental law. While in law school, Paula was a research and writing editor on the Pace Environmental Law Review and a research assistant and the community liaison at the Land Use Law Center. She was awarded the New York State Bar Association Student Legal Ethics Award in 2000 and the White Plains Bar Association Environmental Law Scholar Award in 2002.

Ms. Schauwecker received her undergraduate degree in business and environmental studies from the State University of New York, Empire State College and a certificate of environmental management from Purchase College. She earned a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where her research focused on wetland analysis and restoration and its relationship to land use.

Paula participated in, and acted as a facilitator for, the Pace Law School Community Leadership Alliance Training Program, which trains local elected officials and volunteer leaders in methods of land use regulation and environmental conservation. She also co-developed and co-taught, along with John R. Nolon of Pace Law School, a graduate course on local environmental law and land use practices in Connecticut, at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Ms. Schauwecker is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School.

Ms. Schauwecker has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees related to land use, water quality and conservation, including the Town/Village of Harrison (New York) Planning Board, the Town/Village of Harrison Environmental Advisory Committee, the Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors, Watershed Advisory Committees for Long Island Sound, the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, and the Lower Hudson-Long Island Resource Conservation and Development Council.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Childrens' Cancer Fund.

Ms. Schauwecker is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars and is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She the Firm's Diversity Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee.  Ms. Schauwecker is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources where she serves on the Board of Editors for Natural Resources and Environment.