E. Randol Schoenberg

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E. Randol Schoenberg (born 1966) is a U.S. attorney, based in Los Angeles, California, who has worked on legal cases related to the recovery of works of art alleged to have been looted or stolen, particularly by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.[1][2][3][4]

Legal career[edit]

He represented Maria Altmann in her suit to obtain five Gustav Klimt paintings from the estate of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer as well as the "Palais,"[5] the Viennese house in which the paintings were originally housed. Ms. Altmann won her case before the Supreme Court of the United States against the government of Austria in Republic of Austria v. Altmann in 2004. Schoenberg operated on a contingent fee basis and reportedly received 40% of the proceeds from the Klimt paintings,[6] amounting to a legal fee of over $120 million. He used a portion of his fee to fund a new building and expansion of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust[2][7] He was interviewed for the documentary "Adele's Wish",[8] which deals with these events.

He also acted for the defendants-appellants in the case of Yahoo! Inc. v. La Ligue Contre Le Racisme et l'Antisemitisme (LICRA) 433 F.3d 1199 (9th Ci. 2006), in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[9]

Schoenberg is currently of counsel at the five-attorney firm of Burris, Schoenberg & Walden LLP and a lecturer at the University of Southern California. He previously was employed as an associate of the law firms Fried Frank and Kattin Muchin. He was awarded the California Lawyer "Attorney of the Year" award in 2007 for outstanding achievement in litigation practice.

Personal life[edit]

Schoenberg is the grandson of the Austrian composers Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl. His paternal grandmother, Gertrud Schoenberg, was the sister of violinist Rudolf Kolisch. Schoenberg presently serves as the President of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. He graduated from Princeton University in 1988[10] and received his law degree from the University of Southern California.[11]

He lives in Brentwood, CA with his wife, Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg. They have two sons, Joseph and Nathan and a daughter, Dora. His spouse Pamela is the owner of dnj Gallery, a contemporary photography gallery. She is the daughter of the owners of the Mayers Electrical Supply company and is originally from Cincinnati, OH.

Painter Lance Richlin produced a portrait of Schoenberg himself, shown together with one of the Klimts he helped recover, in tribute to Schoenberg's role in promoting "more research and transparency in artwork provenance".[12][13]


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