Paul Rooney has over four decades of experience as a trial lawyer and white-collar
criminal defense attorney. Mr. Rooney served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the
Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York from 1965-1970. His most notable
trials included United States v. Carmine DeSapio, a case involving municipal corruption,
and United States v. Samuel Berger, a case involving bribery at the Teamsters Central
States Pension Fund, then run by Jimmy Hoffa. In all, he has represented corporations
and individuals in almost 90 trials in the federal and New York State courts.
Mr. Rooney has represented clients in major investigations such as Watergate, Michael
Deaver, and Enron. Among his significant engagements in private practice, Mr. Rooney
has represented defendants in connection with:
● Criminal antitrust matter brought by the main antitrust division of the Department
● Criminal securities action involving revenue recognition against the former
president of American Bank Note.
● Criminal securities and accounting fraud against a former company president.
Previously, Mr. Rooney was Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of New York (1970),
Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Crime (1970); and
Counsel to the New York City Commission to Investigate Police Corruption (1970-1971).
He is also a former Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Economic
Mr. Rooney is currently a Master of the Bench at the New York County Lawyers’ Association,
American Inn of Court; a Fellow of both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
and the American College of Trial Lawyers; and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Prior to joining Exeter, he was a litigation partner at Howrey LLP. Mr. Rooney
also currently maintains a private practice at Paul K. Rooney & Associates.