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Joel Wertheimer

Mr. Wertheimer began his career at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP, where he worked on a broad spectrum of commercial litigation, arbitration, and antitrust matters.

From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Wertheimer clerked for the Honorable Lorna G. Schofield, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York before returning to Winston & Strawn.

In 2015, Mr. Wertheimer left Winston & Strawn to serve in government. He worked in the West Wing for President Obama as Associate Staff Secretary, remaining through the end of the President’s term.  Beginning in January 2017, Mr. Wertheimer served as Governor Cuomo’s Staff Secretary before deciding to return to the active practice of law.

In September 2017, Mr. Wertheimer joined the David B. Shanies Law Office, practicing in a wide range of civil rights cases, including wrongful conviction, police and prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful death, prisoners rights, and transgender rights cases. There, he honed his skills as a trial lawyer, before leaving to found his own firm.


New York University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2010

Tufts University, BA, magna cum laude, 2005

Professional Activities

Law Clerk, The Honorable Lorna G. Schofield, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2013-2014

Court Admissions

United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

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