Peter Schoenburg is a partner in the Albuquerque office of Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu. He received his undergraduate degree at Yale University and his law degree at Rutgers School of Law. A past chief assistant federal public defender, state district public defender (Santa Fe) and assistant attorney general, Schoenburg has been in private practice since 1993.
He is a past president of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA) and now serves as chair of its CLE committee. He is the 2002 recipient of the Charlie Driscoll Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the NMCDLA. He has been continuously listed in The Best Lawyers in America-Criminal Defense since 1994.
Schoenburg specializes in complex criminal defense work in both federal and state courts. He is also a veteran trial advocacy teacher. For 10 years, he co-authored a bi-monthly column on the defense of drug cases in "The Champion", a magazine published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 1984, he received the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Defender Services Award for his work as a state public defender.
Schoenburg has successfully represented clientscharged with a wide variety of white-collar criminal offenses involving health care, tax fraud, environmental offenses, national lab security allegations, bank fraud, mail fraud, illegal trading in sacred tribal objects (NAGPRA and ARPA) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. He also regularly represents Native Americans charged with illegal possession of feathers in connection with their religious practices.