Paul D’Emilia is a New York City based attorney specializing in the fields of international law, criminal defense, estate matters, business consulting, real estate, private investigations and general counsel work. His client base also includes numerous overseas companies and foreign individuals that have various business and personal legal matters pending in the U.S. Mr. D’Emilia is a co-founder of a law practice in Europe that specializes in US expatriate issues.
Prior to his recent return to private practice Mr. D’Emilia worked for Governor Andrew Cuomo as the New York State Inspector General responsible for the investigation of fraud and corruption for the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board. As Inspector General he oversaw a statewide agency that investigated and referred for prosecution malfeasance that recaptured millions of dollars annually back to the taxpayers.
Mr. D’Emilia was legal counsel in a private equity firm that specialized in early-stage investments in the real property development, technology, and consumer sectors. In addition to his management role in vetting opportunities and investors, he oversaw due diligence operations and was instrumental in developing the firm’s sub-specialty of sports franchise procurement and marketing at the international level.
Prior to 2007, Mr. D’Emilia was the Managing Director and General Counsel of TKG, an international consulting firm that specialized in complex security assessments and planning, emergency preparedness, crisis management and response, procurement assistance as well as corporate investigations and due diligence. In addition to serving as an investigative consultant in high profile criminal matters, Mr. D’Emilia oversaw all legal matters pertaining to the firm and served as a liaison to foreign governments for the firm’s international assignments in those countries.
Previously, Mr. D’Emilia was the Managing Director and Head of Investigations for the investigative and consulting firm of Nardello Schwartz & Co., headed by Bart Schwartz, from its inception in 2004. He was the direct overseer of monitorship appointments and compliance, as well as the primary author of ethics and anti-fraud programs.
Mr. D’Emilia had been an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (Brooklyn, N.Y.) since 1991. His prior legal experience included a civil litigation firm based in Manhattan and the Organized Crime Strike Force of the United States Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York. He also worked for the United States Department of Justice as the Resident Legal Advisor to the United States Embassy in Albania.
While serving under District Attorney Charles Hynes, Mr. D’Emilia rose to Bureau Chief and Counsel to the Trial Division. An accomplished trial attorney, he has tried approximately 40 felony cases as well as conducting numerous Homicide trials and investigations. As a supervisor in almost every major bureau of the District Attorney’s Office, he trained, advised and evaluated a continuous rotation of assistant district attorneys.
In January 2000, Mr. D’Emilia was selected by the United States Department of Justice to be the Resident Legal Advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Albania. He was the primary advisor to the U.S. Ambassador on all criminal justice matters concerning Albania and the European Union, Eastern Bloc, and the United States. He was charged with the task of reforming and restructuring the criminal justice system of Albania. His work with that country’s Attorney General, President and Interior Minister resulted in countrywide and overseas training workshops and case specific investigations involving almost every Albanian prosecutor.
During his tenure with the Justice Department, Mr. D’Emilia cultivated extensive working relationships with numerous foreign government agencies and officials. Of particular note was his work with his European counterparts in the Foreign Ministry, Diplomatic Corps, Intelligence Division and Judiciary.
In 2001, Mr. D’Emilia initiated and brought to a successful conclusion the first ever extradition of an Albanian national accused of a homicide in the United States. The extradition to the U.S. culminated in a conviction and life sentence for the accused.
Mr. D’Emilia is a graduate of Fordham University and the Fordham University School of Law. He has been a lecturer in Trial Advocacy courses, a member of the Colombian Lawyers Association, and is fluent in Italian. He is married and lives with his family in Manhattan.
Law Offices of Paul D’Emilia – New York, NY (2007-Present)
Independent practice that deals mainly with overseas clients that have legal and commercial interests in the US.
- Specialized areas of interest include international law, criminal defense, estate matters, personal injury, business consulting, private investigations and general counsel work.
- Analyzing investment opportunities in real property development, technology, and consumer sectors;
- Specialization in sports franchise and venue commercial opportunities;
- Management and participation in investor relations, due diligence processes and legal counsel.
- Of Counsel to New York law firm of Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins.
New York State Inspector General (2012-2014)
Workers’ Compensation Board
Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2012.
- Head of agency that employs a NYS-wide staff of approximately 30 including attorneys, criminal investigators, auditors and support staff;
- Oversee budget of $3M annually;
- Investigate all criminal matters and violations concerning the operation of the Workers’ Compensation system as well as internal investigations of WCB’s 1300 employees;
- Investigate fraud relating to medical providers, attorneys, insurance carriers, professionals and claimants;
- Coordinate and supervise white collar investigations with other agencies, including multi-jurisdictional task forces;
- Recommend legislative and regulatory changes to the Governor.
TKG Group LLC – New York, NY (2005-2007)
Managing Director & General Counsel
- Managed cases involving security assessments and planning, including emergency preparedness, crisis response and disaster recovery, training and exercises in security and counter terrorism scenarios, procurement assistance, security engineering and design, jails and prisons assessments and training, and corporate investigations and due diligence;
- Served as investigative consultant in high profile criminal matters;
- Drafted all contracts, representative agreements and legal documents pertaining to company’s security consulting, investigative assignments and crisis management planning projects.
Nardello Schwartz & Co. LLC – New York, NY (2004-2005)
- Assisted in start-up of private investigation and consulting firm;
- Head of Investigations for the New York office;
- Managed complex cases in the fields of investigations, including asset tracing and recovery, internal investigations and audits, forensic accounting, fraud investigations, computer forensics, intellectual property investigations, executive protection, security assessments and consulting;
- Responsible for oversight of monitorship appointments and compliance, and the institution of ethics and anti-fraud programs;
- Conducted due diligence on entities and individuals before acquisition, investment or transactions and background screening investigations of potential employees, clients and distributors.
United States Department of Justice Washington, DC (2000-2002)
- Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development
- Assistance and Training (OPDAT)
Resident Legal Adviser, United States Embassy, Tirana, Albania
- Primary adviser to the United States Embassy and Ambassador on criminal justice matters within Albania;
- Developed, managed and served as main Point of Contact to a United States Department of Justice/Department of State initiative with the Albanian Attorney General to reform and restructure Albania’s criminal justice system;
- Oversaw foreign assistance budget of $2,000,000;
- Conducted trial practice and management workshops for Albanian prosecutors;
- Planned countrywide and overseas educational tours for Albanian law enforcement officials to participate in seminars and cooperative projects with United States counterparts;
- Top Level security clearance granted.
Kings County District Attorney’s Office – Brooklyn, NY (1991-2004)
Deputy to Trial Division Chief
- Managed and structured individual trial units;
- Personal caseload targeting high profile crimes and complex trial issues.
First Deputy Bureau Chief
- Trained and supervised fifteen felony trial assistants to conduct hearings and trials;
- Evaluated cases regarding charges, pleas, and resolution;
- Served as Deputy in Grand Jury Bureau, Criminal Court Bureau, and Early Case Assessment Bureau;
- Member of the Homicide Trial Bureau;
- Drafted legal briefs, memoranda and appeals;
- Conducted over forty felony trials and ten homicide trials.
Fleming, Zulack & Williamson – New York, NY (1989)
- Civil law firm dealing primarily with asbestos claims, contracts, and matrimonial cases.
- United States Attorney’s Office – (1988)
- Eastern District of New York
- Organized Crime Strike Force
- Witness preparation, legal research for trials and sentencing, drafting legal briefs and memoranda.
Fordham University School of Law – New York, NY (J.D., 1990)
- President, Student Bar Association;
- Co-Founder, Public Service Project;
- Intern, United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York.
Fordham University – Bronx, NY (B.A., 1987)
- Concentrations: History, Journalism, Foreign Language
- Dean’s List student;
- Language Department Honors.
Key Skills and Achievements
- Fluent in written and spoken Italian;
- Initiated and completed only successful extradition of Albanian citizen to the United States for homicide of American citizen;
- Board Member, Columbian Lawyers Association.