Professionals / Paula J. Schauwecker
Paula J. Schauwecker
477 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022-5835
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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. She specializes in cases concerning groundwater contamination and brings clients her significant experience and skill working with experts on issues related to causation, source identification, natural resource damages and the fate and transport of contaminants in many types of hydrogeologic environments. Ms. Schauwecker brings leadership and sound judgment to all phases of litigation, and consensus-building skills to 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 hydrogeology, wetland analysis and restoration and its relationship to land use. Ms. Schauwecker is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School where she teaches Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts.
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.In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Schauwecker serves 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 Executive Women’s Golf Association, a non-profit organization that supports womens’ and girls’ leadership development through golf. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Victory Institute, a non-profit organization, which trains and supports LGBT candidates for public office.