Paul’s practice involves complex civil cases. The subjects vary, including Antitrust, Consumer and Employment Class Actions, environmental enforcement, unfair competition, and substantial contract disputes. In all cases, Paul brings judgment and analysis with complete focus on advancing the client’s interests. Sometimes this has involved lengthy trials or accelerated motions for injunctive relief. But in most cases, matters are resolved by identifying the key legal issues and obtaining the client’s goal through pretrial motions or settlement. While Paul is relentlessly interested in the legal issues, he is just as focused on counseling clients in a coordinated effort to resolve the problem presented.
Paul has litigated cases in state and federal court in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Colorado, Kansas, and Arizona, and has represented clients in arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce and American Arbitration Association. He has argued cases in the Washington Supreme Court, Washington Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit.
- Washington State Bar Association
- King County Bar Association
- J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1982
- B.A., Claremont McKenna College, cum laude, 1979
Professional and Community Activities
- Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission - Former chair and member for 8 years
- Recipient of multiple awards for success in obtaining a court order vacating conviction of death row inmate.
- Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer review as AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.*
- Recognized as a Washington "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2003, 2005-2016.
- Avvo Rating of 10.
- Obtained jury verdict on claim regarding assignment of intellectual property with total judgment of approximately $5.9 million including substantial fee award.
- Counsel for defendant in the Price v. Price shareholder litigation. Paul's client prevailed after a three‑week bench trial and recovered his attorney's fees and costs.
- Counsel for plaintiff in Pakootas, et al. v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd. The case concerned waste discharge from a large smelter in Trail, British Columbia. In early proceedings in the case the federal district court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that United States environmental law applies to cross-boundary pollution resulting in disposal in the United States. In December 2012, after trial on remaining issues, the firm's client, together with the State of Washington, prevailed in proving the smelting company's liability under United States environmental law. In 2014, after trial, the District Court awarded the firm's client all fees and costs requested.
- Obtained dismissal of novel antitrust and dormant Commerce Clause claims on summary judgment. Our client contracted to be the exclusive provider of ambulance services for a county on the Oregon border near Portland. A competing ambulance company claimed the implementing ordinance violated the Sherman Act and the dormant Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. District Court disagreed, sustaining our client's position.
- Defended an international arbitration conducted in Vienna, Austria under Austrian substantive law and International Chamber of Commerce rules of procedure. In this case, which related to bedrock contract law principles, the three-person international tribunal agreed with our position regarding key legal requirements and our client substantially prevailed.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissal in our client's favor on business issues and avoided trial despite contested issues. The case involved suit on an unpaid promissory note issued in a business venture and the defendant argued various forms of modification or waiver. In Cornerstone Equipment Leasing, Inc. v. MacLeod, No. 64342-8-I, the Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal, rejecting arguments that the terms of a written debt instrument could be disregarded based on claimed oral agreements.
- Counsel for defendant in Weston v. Emerald City Pizza, LLC, which culminated in a Washington Court of Appeals case that reversed a class certification order and provided useful authority for employers seeking to avoid class certification in wage and hour litigation.
- Represented a client in a dispute over the provisions of a buy/sell agreement that led to parallel proceedings in Arizona and Washington. The matter was settled in the client's favor following trial.
- Defended a class action alleging contract and Consumer Protection Act claims based on claimed erroneous billing practices. After litigation over availability of contract relief in third-party billing context and suitability of class treatment of CPA claim, the case was settled.