Kendall Pauley


Kendall has a broad litigation practice representing financial institutions and international corporations in commercial disputes, complex multi-district litigations, and government investigations.

Kendall’s representations include banks, brokers, hedge funds, private equity funds, international corporations, and decentralized finance platforms. Kendall also has developed a speciality with litigating Section 1782 discovery disputes, including briefing before the Supreme Court of the United States. Kendall’s civil litigation experience includes drafting pleadings, motion practice, all aspects of discovery, including taking and defending depositions, and working with experts on developing complex damages-focused analyses.

Kendall’s recent experience includes representing a global manufacturer of cathode ray tubes in a multi-district antitrust litigation, advising a former executive of a hedge fund in connection with a criminal securities fraud case, and successfully quashing a 28 U.S.C. Section 1782 request to obtain discovery from a private equity firm for use in an alleged foreign criminal investigation. Kendall also has recently represented companies and individuals in connection with SEC, CFTC, and FINRA investigations involving allegations of fraud, market manipulation, and securities fraud.


Published Work

  • Masser A., Raimanová L., Pauley K., Plachý P. (2021), “Special Mechanisms for Obtaining Evidence”, Chapter in The Guide to Evidence in International Arbitration (Kläsner, Magál and Neuhaus (ed), 1st edition), London: Law Business Research Ltd
  • Kendall R. Pauley (2017) “Why Salman is a Game-Changer for the Political Intelligence Industry,” Comment in the American University Law Review, Vol. 67, Issue 2, Washington, DC.



Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2019


J.D., magna cum laude, American University Washington College of Law, Order of the Coif, 2018

Senior Staff, American University Law Review

B.A., George Washington University, 2013

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.