Adam Schuman, the Wolf of Wall Street prosecutor, has joined the law firm Perkins Coie in New York.
Schuman has been at the focal point of some of the most highly publicized investigations and cases in the country, including serving as lead prosecutor in a securities fraud and money laundering trial arising out of the boiler room depicted in the film The Wolf of Wall Street.
As senior in-house counsel he managed the defense of Standard & Poor’s against multiple domestic and international government investigations and private litigations coming out of the 2008 financial crisis
“Adam is a highly respected and experienced litigator and trial attorney,” said Markus Funk, chair of Perkins Coie’s White Collar & Investigations practice. “His prosecution and high-stakes defense background, coupled with his in-house and public sector experience, is an ideal match with our culture of professional excellence. We are excited to have him on our team.”
Schuman began his career in public service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York.
He then spent 12 years at McGraw-Hill/Standard & Poor’s, including as Executive Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer.
The year prior to his tenure with the Governor’s office, Schuman served as General Counsel for New York State Homes and Community Renewal, where he oversaw a legal team of more than 100 attorneys.
Before that, Schuman was a lawyer with the New York firms Paul Weiss and Corbin Silverman & Sanseverino and served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in the Southern District of New York.
“Adam is admired by his peers nationally and in the New York legal market, and he brings an impressive list of credentials,” said Keith Miller, managing partner of Perkins Coie’s New York office. “As a former federal prosecutor, his addition complements the strategic growth of our New York office.”
Schuman earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and received his B.A.from Swarthmore College.