E. Randol Schoenberg

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E. Randol Schoenberg (born 1966) is a U.S. attorney, based in Los Angeles, California, who has gained public attention through his involvement with legal cases related to the recovery of works of art alleged to have been looted or stolen, particularly by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.[1]

Legal Career

He represented Maria Altmann in her suit to obtain five Gustav Klimt paintings from the estate of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer as well as the "Palais,"[2] the Viennese house in which the paintings were originally housed. Ms. Altmann won her case before the Supreme Court of the United States against the government of Austria in Republic of Austria v. Altmann in 2004. Schoenberg operated on a no-win, no-fee basis and reportedly received 40% of the proceeds from the Klimt paintings,[3][4] amounting to a legal fee of over $120 million. He was interviewed for the documentary "Adele's Wish",[5] which deals with these events.

Schoenberg is currently of counsel at the 5-attorney firm of Burris, Schoenberg & Walden LLP and a lecturer at the University of Southern California. He previously was employed as an associate of the law firms Fried Frank and Kattin Muchin. He was awarded the California Lawyer "Attorney of the Year" award in 2007 for outstanding achievement in litigation practice.

Personal Life

Schoenberg is the grandson of the Austrian composers Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl, and presently serves as the President of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. He graduated from Princeton University in 1988 and received his law degree from the University of Southern California.[6]

He lives in Brentwood, CA with his wife, Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg. They have two sons, Joseph and Nathan and a daughter, Dora. His spouse Pamela is the owner of dnj Gallery, a contemporary photography gallery. She is the daughter of the owners of the Mayers Electrical Supply company and is originally from Cincinnati, OH.


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