Paul A. Engelmayer

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Paul Engelmayer
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Assumed office
July 27, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Gerard Lynch
Personal details
Born (1961-04-12) April 12, 1961 (age 55)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University

Paul Adam Engelmayer (born April 12, 1961) is a District Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New York, New York, Engelmayer earned an A.B. summa cum laude in 1983 from Harvard College and a J.D. magna cum laude in 1987 from Harvard Law School.[1] He then worked as a law clerk for United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Judge Patricia Wald from 1987 until 1988,[1] and then for Supreme Court of the United States Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1988 until 1989.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Between 1983 and 1984, Engelmayer worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in the paper's Philadelphia bureau.

From 1989 until 1994, Engelmayer worked as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1989 until 1994 but also serving as deputy chief appellate attorney in 1994. From 1994 until 1996, Engelmayer was an Assistant to the United States Solicitor General Drew S. Days, III.[1]

Engelmayer returned to the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan in 1996, serving as the chief of the major crimes unit from 1996 until 2000, according to his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.[1]

In 2000, Engelmayer joined the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Manhattan as a partner.[1] He was the partner in charge of the New York office since 2005.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On February 2, 2011, President Obama nominated Engelmayer to a judicial seat to fill the seat vacated by Judge Gerard Lynch, who previously had been elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.[2] On March 16, 2011, Engelmayer had a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.[3] On March 31, 2011, Senator Charles Grassley placed Engelmayer's nomination on hold, along with two other nominations.[4]

Grassley later lifted the holds, and the Senate Judiciary Committee referred Engelmayer's nomination to the full Senate on April 7, 2011.[5]

On Friday, July 22, 2011, it was announced that the Senate had scheduled a full vote on Engelmayer's nomination on July 25, 2011. On July 25, 2011, the vote was postponed until July 26, 2011.

The Senate confirmed Engelmayer in a 98–0 vote on July 26, 2011.[6] He received his commission on July 27, 2011.[7]


Engelmayer and his wife, Emily Mandelstam, who are both Jewish, live in Manhattan.[8] Englemayer and Mandelstam have two school-age children, Caroline and William.


  1. ^ a b c d e f The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (February 2, 2011). "President Obama Names Two to the United States District Court". Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (February 2, 2011). "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Ingram, David (March 16, 2011). "SDNY Nominees Breeze Through Senate Hearing". The Blog of Legal Times. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Keen, Lisa (March 31, 2011). "Grassley puts gay district court nominee's vote on hold". Keen News Service. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
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  7. ^ Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  8. ^   (July 3, 1994). "WEDDINGS; E. F. Mandelstam, Paul Engelmayer". New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Gerard Lynch
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York