Alan Schoenfeld

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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Greenwich Street 250
New York 10006 NY US

Alan Schoenfeld has experience representing clients in a wide variety of civil matters before state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. His practice has focused on commercial disputes and defense of complex class actions, with a particular focus on financial institutions. He has represented a diverse group of clients in cases involving securities, antitrust, bankruptcy, RICO, FCRA, EFTA, FDCPA, UDAP, contract and tort claims, among others.

Mr. Schoenfeld also has extensive experience with appellate litigation in United States Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been involved in briefing and oral argument for matters involving a wide range of issues of both federal and state law, including federal Indian law, intellectual property, antitrust, banking law, contract law, and criminal law and procedure.

Mr. Schoenfeld has represented clients before the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, and has presented oral arguments in the Second and Ninth Circuits.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schoenfeld completed clerkships with the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was a summer associate at WilmerHale in 2005 and 2006.

Mr. Schoenfeld has an extensive pro bono practice, with a particular focus on LGBT, immigration, special education and federal Indian law matters. He has acted as counsel or co-counsel to the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, Immigration Equality, Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Children of New York, and the National Congress of American Indians in numerous matters.

Mr. Schoenfeld was a member of the WilmerHale team acting as co-counsel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in its challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He is currently representing a transgender inmate incarcerated in Virginia, in her Eighth Amendment challenge to the State’s refusal to provide medically necessary treatment for her gender dysphoria.


  • JD, Yale Law School, 2006
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge, 2003
  • BA, Yale College, 2002



  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2007 – 2008
  • The Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2006 – 2007


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