Paul F. Enzinna

Paul Enzinna has been a trial lawyer for nearly 30 years, at some of the nation’s largest and most respected law firms, representing individuals, sovereign governments, and some of the world’s largest corporations in complex and high-stakes criminal and civil matters.  He has conducted investigations, tried cases, argued appeals, and helped businesses of all sizes develop and implement programs to ensure compliance with antitrust, anti-corruption, employment, export control, and government contracting laws.

Paul has been recognized as the R. Kenneth Mundy Lawyer of the Year by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, District of Columbia Chapter, as a Washington Super Lawyer, and by Westlaw Group as one of its Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyers.

Paul was a Founding Board member of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, and obtained the first exoneration under Virginia’s DNA statute.  He has served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and American University’s Washington School of Law, and as a Commissioner of the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy.

In law school, Paul served as Notes Editor of the Virginia Law Review, was named to the Order of the Coif, and won the Johnson & Swanson Award in Legal Writing, and the Vinson & Elkins Award in Civil Procedure.  Following law school, he served as Law Clerk to the Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1987-1988).  Paul is the author of The Economic Espionage Act: Industrial Spying and Theft of Trade Secrets (ABA).

Representative Engagements

  • Representation of provider of IT solutions to US military in negotiating Deferred Prosecution Agreement to resolve charges of bribery of US military officers in Asia.

  • Representation of builder in federal fraud case, negotiating 4-year sentence to resolve charges carrying maximum sentence of 30 years.

  • Representation of investment bank analyst accused of insider trading, negotiating sentence of probation.  

  • Representation of securities dealer indicted for insider trading.

  • Representation of sitting state court judge in trial of money laundering charges, resulting in acquittal.

  • Advised US private equity firm in responding to criminal charges and trial conducted in South Korea.

  • Representation of real estate developer accused of bribery in motion to suppress wiretap evidence.

  • Representation of businessman accused of drug trafficking in suppressing evidence, resulting in dismissal of charges.

  • Representation of businessman in trial of assault charges.

  • Representation of husband and wife with young children convicted of bank fraud and facing 11-year sentences.  Obtained staggered 2-year sentences, allowing one parent to remain at home throughout sentence.


J.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., Fordham University

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

US Supreme Court
US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
US District Court, District of Columbia
US District Court, District of Maryland
US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
US District Court, Western District of Virginia

Contact Information

Ellerman Enzinna
is now
Ellerman Enzinna Levy

Ellerman Enzinna is pleased to announce that on February 1, 2022, Michael N. Levy has joined the firm as a partner.

The firm’s name is now Ellerman Enzinna Levy PLLC.