Born:  November 10, 1942
Newark, New Jersey

Summary by
Louis R. Cohen

Interviews Conducted by
Louis R. Cohen, Esq.

Henry F. Schuelke, Esq.

Oral History Text & Documentation

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Oral History Summary


1979- present: Founding partner, Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler, Washington, D.C.

Nationally renowned practice of criminal defense representation in “white collar” cases with focus on the representation of corporations and their officers and employees in grand jury proceedings and criminal prosecutions, primarily at the federal level. As a corollary to that work, the firm often represents clients in the situations involving parallel civil  and administration proceedings and congressional investigations.

Since 206, specialized in the representation of the Boards of Directors of publicly-trading companies and their constituent audit, management oversight and special litigation committees in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act , federal securities law applied to public company accounting and shareholder demands for pursuit of derivative actions.

Illustrative representations
The Board of Directors of Halliburton, its management Oversight Committee and its Audit Committee
The Board of Directors of Boston Scientific Corporation and its Special Litigation / Legal Affairs Committee
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Ingersoll Rand PLC

Special Prosecutor appointed by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to investigate the conduct of the U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors in United States v. Theodore F. Stevens, 2009- present
Special Counsel to the District of Columbia Commission of Judicial Disabilities, 1982- present
Counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics, 1989-1991
Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 1980-1981
General Counsel, the National Society for Autistic Children, 1980- 1990

1972-1979,  Assistant United States Attorney and Executive Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia
1968-1972, Captain, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps; Military Judge, United States Army Judiciary

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1968
United States District Court for the district of Columbia, 1968
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1972
United States Court of Military Appeals, 1968
United States Supreme Court, 1980
United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1985
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2002

Committee on Grievances, United States District Court for the District of Columbia
American Judicature Society
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey, A.B., 1964
Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1967

Born November 10, 1942, Newark, New Jersey

Courtesy of the Schuelke Family