Philip R. Schatz, Partner

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group

Phil Schatz has spent 30 years navigating the courts and arbitration forums in New York. He tried his first federal jury trial in 1988, months after finishing his federal district court clerkship, and has directed many trials, arbitrations, and mediations in New York City federal courts, state courts, and arbitration forums.

Phil has taught deposition, trial-advocacy, and advocacy-teaching programs for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy ("NITA") for over 20 years, and has earned the coveted “Faculty” designation for consistently superior evaluations. He has chaired advocacy-training program for the New York City Bar in 2014 and 2015. He is a “Member of the Bench” of the American Inns of Court and rated “AV/Preeminent—High Ethical Standing” by Martindale-Hubbell.

Phil has a broad knowledge of federal and state criminal law from his past service as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panels of the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, representing federal criminal defendants who are unable to afford their own lawyers. He was also pro bono Special Assistant District Attorney for the New York County and Kings County District Attorney’s offices for over a dozen criminal appeals.

Phil is a panel mediator for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court, and the Appellate Division, First Department. He trains other lawyers in mediation skills.

Phil is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyer’s Bar Association (Federal Courts Committee), the Federal Bar Association (Assistant Editor-in-Chief and member of Editorial Board, The Federal Lawyer; past Vice President for the Second Circuit; past President of the Southern District of New York Chapter (Winner, Presidential Excellence Award 2013)), the Network of Bar Leaders (past Second Vice President), the New York City Bar Association (Litigation Committee; Judiciary Committee; Chair, Anatomy of a Trial (2014, 2015, and 2016)), the New York Criminal Bar Association, the American Society of Legal Writers, and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Master Advocate Certificate; Faculty Designation).


Phil received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of the travelling Moot Court team. He received his B.A. degree in English with minors in Mathematics and German from the University of Minnesota.

Following law school he was a law clerk for the Honorable R. Allan Edgar, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Illustrative Professional Experience

  • Represents corporations and corporate decision-makers in a wide variety of cases and disputes, in both federal and state court, including: breach of contract, fraud, corporate control, indemnification, employment, and a broad range of federal and state statutory laws, including the securities laws, ILSA, FLSA, and other federal statutes.
  • Represents broker-dealer clients in a wide-range of industry-related disputes involving all exchanges, including industry arbitrations, customer arbitrations, disciplinary proceedings, and regulatory investigations.
  • Represents corporations, managers, performers, writers, and artists in a wide-range of contract, copyright, trademark, and patent disputes.
  • Represents numerous financial institutions in Madoff-related proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy and District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Articles and Presentations

Phil writes frequently on legal topics for the New York Law Journal and The Federal Lawyer magazine, where he is the Assistant Editor in Chief. As indicated above, he is a frequent lecturer and panel member on deposition advocacy, trial advocacy, and mediation. Some recent representative programs:

  • Program Chair, Trying Cases to Win, New York City Bar, June 14, 2017
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills: NYC, April 1-2, 2017
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills: NYC, November 4-6, 2016
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Teacher Training Program, June 2-4, 2016
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills: New Jersey, April 8-10, 2016
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Building Trial Skills: Northeast, August 12, 2015

Other Activities

Phil is a frequent volunteer in community activities. He has spoken on Law Day to inner-city high school students, acted as webmaster and parish-council member for a church, manned the phones for the PTA, and organized a letter-campaign to fund our courts. He has been the president of a 400+-unit condominium on Central Park West, and is currently the vice-president of a cooperative apartment building in Riverdale.