Jarrod L. Schaeffer

Jarrod is a seasoned trial and appellate advocate, an experienced criminal and civil litigator, and a pragmatic advisor to both institutions and individuals. His practice includes white collar criminal defense, government investigations and enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on matters involving allegations of bribery and corruption, complex fraud, international money laundering, and emergent issues such as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and cybercrime.

Prior to joining the firm, Jarrod served for more than five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) where he investigated and prosecuted numerous cases involving a wide array of federal crimes, from corruption and fraud to money laundering and armed robbery. As a senior member of the Public Corruption Unit, Jarrod handled some of the SDNY’s most sophisticated and sensitive matters, including high-profile investigations and prosecutions of politicians, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and international wildlife traffickers. In addition to his exceptional work in the federal District Court, Jarrod also briefed nine appeals as an AUSA and argued seven cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Before serving as federal prosecutor, Jarrod was an associate at a prestigious international law firm in New York City and Washington, D.C., where he worked on a range of commercial litigation and white collar matters at both the trial and appellate level, including contract disputes, derivative and securities litigation, class actions, internal investigations, and criminal and civil enforcement matters. Jarrod clerked for the Honorable Barbara S. Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Roslynn R. Mauskopf of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Jarrod also maintains an active pro bono practice and is a member of several bar associations and affinity groups, including the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, and the New York City Bar Association. He has published articles concerning constitutional law, federal procedure, and white collar crime.

Jarrod is admitted to practice in New York and California, and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits; and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Northern District of California.

White Collar Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations

As a former prosecutor and experienced litigator, Jarrod has deep familiarity with how federal cases are built, litigated, and resolved. He has worked closely with foreign, federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and is well-versed in the practices and tactics that agents and agencies often employ. On the defense side, Jarrod combines that understanding and experience with a focus on strategic and nuanced representation in order to achieve successful outcomes for clients facing difficult and complicated challenges.

Additionally, having investigated numerous complex and sensitive crimes—some garnering significant public attention—Jarrod brings a well-refined suite of investigatory skills to uncover and analyze complex facts through the lens of potential criminal and civil liability.  In addition to internal investigations related to government or regulatory inquiries, he has also conducted investigations on behalf of special litigation committees to assist board members in assessing and resolving actual or potential claims against a company.

Among the more prominent cases he prosecuted as an AUSA, Jarrod was part of the teams that:

  • investigated and charged former Lieutenant Governor of New York Brian Benjamin with bribery and falsification of records offenses;
  • convicted the former president and vice president of New York chapters of an international labor union of crimes related to demanding bribes in exchange for union membership;
  • convicted several international wildlife traffickers, including the former leader of one of the most active smuggling syndicates on the African continent, of crimes related to smuggling elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns worth millions of dollars;
  • convicted multiple defendants of fraud offenses in connection with a multimillion-dollar business email compromise scheme that defrauded victims worldwide;
  • convicted a transportation company owner and former state contractor employees of healthcare fraud offenses in connection with a scheme involving more than $5 million in fraudulent billing for Medicaid-funded transportation;
  • convicted multiple guards formerly employed on Rikers Island of corruption offenses for taking bribes to smuggle contraband, including weapons and controlled substances, into city detention facilities.

Commercial & Appellate Litigation

With substantial experience litigating cases in federal court, Jarrod has handled a number of high-stakes matters in both criminal and civil contexts. Additionally, clients often require sophisticated appellate guidance not only when challenging unfavorable outcomes, but also in the course of lower court litigation when familiarity with key appellate issues can strengthen a trial strategy and insulate hard-won victories. Jarrod has substantial experience briefing and arguing cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals as well as New York state courts. He has also prepared and filed briefs on behalf of amici curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court and the New York Court of Appeals.