Paul H. Schafhauser is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on complex commercial and contractual disputes involving real estate, insurance, intellectual property and business dissolutions. Paul practices in state and federal courts throughout New York and New Jersey at both the trial and appellate levels.
A keen and practical problem-solver who is a forceful advocate for his clients, Paul has helped clients prevail in a wide variety of commercial disputes. Paul successfully defended a prominent international diamond grading network against trademark infringement and unfair competition claims totaling nearly $140 million and, following trial in federal court, obtained the dismissal of all claims against his client. Following a 38-day trial in state court, Paul obtained an equitable lien for four lenders against a prominent New Jersey real estate developer. Paul has litigated before the New Jersey Supreme Court and obtained a ruling from that court that the Township of Middletown was required to reimburse his clients for damages flowing from the Township’s acceptance of dedicated land.
Paul has been recognized by Chambers USA (2014 and 2015) as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. As Chambers USA notes, Paul’s clients praise his abilities as a “very skilled litigator” and “an effective oral advocate who is very good on his feet in court.”
Paul’s clients benefit from his holistic understanding of finance and real estate law, honed from his prior investment banking and real estate development experience. Prior to joining CSG, Paul was a partner at Herrick Feinstein LLP and counsel to a large real estate development company in the New York metropolitan area. Earlier in his career, Paul worked on Wall Street at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers.
Paul is a contributor to New Jersey Foreclosure Law and Practice, a seminal treatise on foreclosure law that is regularly used by the state’s legal practitioners.