E. Randol Schoenberg
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.
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," 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, 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 He was interviewed for the documentary "Adele's Wish", 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.
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.
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 and received his law degree from the University of Southern California.
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".
- Paul Gallagher, "'Nazi loot' is in major National Gallery show", The Independent, October 20, 2013.
- Patt Morrison, "Patt Morrison Asks: E. Randol Schoenberg -- for the gold Klimt", Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2012.
- "An Interview with E. Randol Schoenberg", Essential Vermeer, March 20, 2011.
- Anne-Marie O'Connor, "Attorney's Perseverance Yields a Legal Masterpiece", Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2006.
- Bloomberg.com: Culture
- Klimt-astic Deal - Forbes.com
- David D'Arcy, " Klimt lawyer’s fee funds museum: New space for Los Angeles Holocaust centre opens in October", The Art Newspaper, September 2010.
- Cast of the film 'Adels's Wish'
- YAHOO! INC., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. LA LIGUE CONTRE LE RACISME ET L'ANTISEMITISME, a French association; L'Union Des Etudiants Juifs De France, a French association, Defendants-Appellants.
- Michael Goldstein, "Alumni Profile: E. Randol Schoenberg '88", Princeton Alumni Weekly, May 25, 2011.
- Margarite Korol, "Unclear Origins: Swiss Investigate Museum Collections for Nazi Looted Art", Jewcy, January 25, 2011.
- Bondo Wyszpolski, "Lance Richlin is an Old Master for modern times", Easy Reader, July 11, 2012.
- Adele's Wish
- Official website of Burris, Schoenberg & Walden LLP
- Resumé at Burris, Schoenberg & Walden LLP
- History of the Maria Altmann legal cases
- Information on the Klimt paintings
- Information on the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust