Paul is a gifted legal researcher and writer. He focuses his practice on brief writing for complex litigation and appeals. His writing is clear, concise, engaging, and most of all, persuasive. Paul has authored countless briefs and motions that resulted in favorable opinions and outcomes for clients. Paul has also consistently obtained favorable appellate judgments for clients in the Oregon and Washington courts of appeal, as well as in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Representative cases include:
- Representing a widow who sued for benefits under an “accidental” death insurance policy after the insurer denied coverage
- Representing a high-asset plaintiff in a legal malpractice action over the tax consequences of a prenuptial agreement
- Representing the State of Oregon in a series of high-profile cases related to the design, sale and implementation of software related to the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange
- Representing a regional grocery store chain in a claim brought to determine whether a terminated executive was entitled to a buy-out of his shares
- Representing a prominent commercial real estate appraiser in claims for professional negligence and breach of contract related to business property appraisal
- Defending a Northwest coffee company in a class action brought by employees under the Washington Minimum Wage Act and Wage Rebate Act
- Defending a manufacturer in the laser industry against claims for trade secret violations
- Defending a large Northwest law firm against claims of legal malpractice brought by former clients
- Representing a local municipality in an environmental cost recovery action stemming from municipality’s designation as a Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) by the EPA
- Representing a life insurance beneficiary who sought policy benefits after the insurance company denied coverage because of non-disclosure on the policy application
- Representing a decedent’s estate in a claim against the estate’s executor under Oregon’s Elder Financial Abuse laws
- Representing Potentially Responsible Party in the Willamette River Superfund site in claims for contribution from client’s general liability insurers under decades-old policies
Paul is also the firm’s go-to lawyer when clients need advice on insurance disputes. Paul literally wrote the book, the Oregon Bar’s Continuing Legal Education binder, on how insurance policies should be construed in Oregon.
Before joining the firm in 2000, Paul practice at another leading Northwest law firm where he worked on a wide variety of cases, ranging from the Exxon Valdez case and tobacco litigation to small pro bono disputes. After obtaining his law degree, Paul clerked for the Alaska State Courts, and then for Judge H. Russell Holland of the United State District Court for the District of Alaska. While there, he gained experience on such diverse matters as Indian sovereignty rights, admiralty law, savings and loan defaults and corporate bankruptcies. In addition to his regular practice, Paul served as a member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners from 2001 through 2004.
When Paul is away from the office, he enjoys Olympic-style weightlifting, which he has been actively participating in for over a decade. In addition, he is a certified judge for the USA Weightlifting Federation. He organizes and runs meets, and judges Olympic-style weightlifting competitions several times a year in the Portland area.
Experience and Affiliations
- Member, Oregon Board of Bar Examiners, 2001-2004
- Member, Portland Oregon Weightlifting (POW)
- University of Puget Sound School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1990
- University of Washington, B.A., English, 1982
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. Tax Court, District of Oregon