Paul A. Engelmayer

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Paul A. Engelmayer
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4T
Service:
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   98-0
Active:   7/26/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Gerard Lynch
Personal History
Born:   1961
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Harvard, B.A., 1983
Law School:   Harvard Law, J.D., 1987
Paul A. Engelmayer is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the court in 2011 after a nomination from Barack Obama. Prior to nomination, he was a partner at the law firm of WilmerHale.[1][2][3]

Early life and education

Engelmayer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1983. He earned his J.D. with distinction from Harvard Law School in 1987.[2]

Professional career

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.[2]

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Paul A. Engelmayer
 Court:Southern District of New York
 Progress:Confirmed 174 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:2/2/2011
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
DefeatedDQuestionnaire:
ApprovedAHearing:3/16/2011
DefeatedDQFRs:
DefeatedDReported: 
ApprovedAConfirmed:7/26/2011
 Vote:

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."[2]

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.[4]

Engelmayer was confirmed on July 26, 2011 by a Senate vote of 98-0.[5]

Notable cases

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.[6][7][8]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Gerard Lynch
Southern District of New York
2011–Present
Succeeded by:
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