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Paula J. Schauwecker


477 Madison Avenue
15th Floor
New York, NY 10022-5835
New York

  • State University of New York, Empire State College (B.S., Business and Environmental Studies)
  • Yale University (Master of Environmental Management)
  • Pace University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2002)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Federal District Corts: Eastern District of New York; Southern District of New York
  • American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy and Resources
  • Board of Editors for Natural Resources and Environment

Ms. Schauwecker's practice is focused on complex litigation and matters in which she represents major industrial manufacturing and refining companies in toxic torts and product liability suits, as well as suits brought under CERCLA, RCRA and other federal and state environmental statutes. She specializes in cases concerning groundwater contamination and impacts to drinking water wells, and brings clients her significant experience and skill working with experts on issues related to causation, source identification, natural resource damages, remediation and repair, project management and the fate and transport of contaminants in many types of media. Ms. Schauwecker is sought after for the leadership and sound judgment she brings to all types of complex issues, and for her consensus-building skills in joint defense or other multi-party groups.

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) and earned a certificate in environmental law.

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 land use and land use planning, including hydrogeology, wetland analysis and restoration and its relationship to land use. Ms. Schauwecker is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School where she has taught courses in Land Use Law and Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts.

Ms. Schauwecker is a member of the New York, Washington D.C. and Connecticut State Bars and is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources where she has served on the Committee on Environmental Justice and the Board of Editors for Natural Resources and Environment.

Before pursuing her legal career, Ms. Schauwecker was a successful singer and songwriter, playing guitar and singing in venues in North Louisiana and Texas. She started and ran a successful corporate gift marketing company in Dallas, TX and was featured in articles in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine. This previous experience, in addition to growing up in a military family that traveled extensively, enhances her ability to approach problems in a creative and interdisciplinary way.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Schauwecker serves on the Firm’s Management Committee and previously served as the Firm's Diversity & Inclusion Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is committed to B&D’s ongoing leadership in areas of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the environmental legal profession. She is an avid golfer and member of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association, a non-profit organization that supports women’s and girls’ leadership development through golf. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Victory Institute, a non-profit organization, which trains and supports LGBT candidates for public office. Ms. Schauwecker is recognized in the 2016 - 2018 editions of Who's Who Legal: Environment and in the 2011-2018 editions of Super Lawyers.