Paul A. Engelmayer
|Paul A. Engelmayer|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||7/26/2011 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Gerard Lynch|
|Hometown:||New York, NY|
|Undergraduate:||Harvard, B.A., 1983|
|Law School:||Harvard Law, J.D., 1987|
Early life and education
After graduating Engelmayer started his career in law by serving as a law clerk to Judge Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1987 to 1988 and then as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1988 to 1989. He then worked as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1989 to 1994, and following that as the Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in 1994. Following that, he worked in the Solicitor General’s Office at the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant to the Solicitor General from 1994 to 1996. He also served, for three years as Chief of the Major Crimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is currently a partner at the law firm of WilmerHale, he has held that position of employment since 2000.
Southern District of New York
|Candidate:||Paul A. Engelmayer|
|Court:||Southern District of New York|
|Progress:||Confirmed 174 days after nomination.|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
Engelmayer was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Obama on February 2, 2011, to fill the seat vacated by Gerard Lynch. Obama commented on the nomination, stating, "I am proud to nominate these two outstanding candidates to serve on the United States District Court. I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and distinction."
Engelmayer was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 16, 2011 and you can find his hearing transcript here.
Strippers entitled to minimum wage (2009-2013)United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Hart v. Rick's Cabaret International Inc. et al, 09 Civ. 3042 (PAE))
Engelmayer presided over a minimum-wage violation class action suit filed on behalf of nearly 2,000 current and former strippers employed at Rick's Cabaret, a Manhattan gentlemen's club. Like many strip clubs, Rick's classified its exotic dancers as independent contractors, without paying hourly wages; they earned income solely from customer tips. Because of the "tight control, indeed, control fairly described as micromanagement" Rick's enforced upon its dancers, often in the form of stringent guidelines and hefty fees and fines, Engelmayer ruled that they ought to be classified as employees deserving of a minimum wage, rather than as independent contractors. Attorneys for the club said that an appeal is likely.
- White House Press Release "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate," February 2, 2011
- White House Press Release "President Obama Names Two to the United States District Court," February 2, 2011
- Official FJC Bio of Judge Engelmayer
- 112th Congress Nomination Materials
- 112th Congress Confirmations
- CNN Money, "Strippers win labor fight in New York," September 11, 2013
- CBS New York, "Judge: Strippers Must Be Paid At Least Minimum Wage," September 11, 2013
- ABC News, "Rick's Cabaret Strippers Entitled to Minimum Wage," September 12, 2013
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of New York
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