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As a partner and member of both the Medical Malpractice Defense and the General Liability Groups, Paul brings 24 years of expertise to a wide variety of matters in sports, recreation and motorsports litigation, construction defect, product liability, premises and general liability litigation. Paul specializes in insurance defense claims of professional negligence, primarily medical and dental, as well as general personal injury, and insurance coverage cases.
A seasoned trial lawyer, Paulís philosophy is straightforward: "Thereís more than one way to get to the finish line. Iím a reasonable, honorable guy. With all my success at trial I never push an argument I donít believe in. Clients are looking at the bottom line, they donít have unlimited funds. I take the most expeditious path to get to the finish line."
Paul has been especially active in appellate work, defending his cases through the Court of Appeals, and realizing victories with affirmed defense verdicts, such as in the cases of Cimolino v. Toluca Lake Tennis Club, and Allen v. Skate ní Score, LLC.
In case of note, Paul secured a defense award for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in an alleged premises liability action at the Los Angeles Forum. The case involved a woman slipping and falling outside of The Forum on the way to the game during a rainstorm. At the jury trial, opposing counselís expert witness offered scientific analysis, claiming that the sidewalks were defective and unsafe for the public. Paul boldly challenged the expert on the stand, arguing that his opinions were not supported in the scientific community. The court agreed, plaintiffís entire case fell apart, and the jury issued a defense award.
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.
Graduated top one-third of class
Pepperdine University, B.A.
State Bar of California
Admitted to Practice:
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA)
"Ask an Attorney", monthly column for Bowling Center Management magazine 2009-2011
Planning Commission Chairman, City of Rancho Palos Verdes, Second Term
Assistant Scoutmaster, Cub Scouts
Governing Committee, Boy Scout Troop 128
Little League Assistant Coach
AYSO Soccer Referee
"Racing Legal Update: Annual Report, Law and Regulation". 38th Annual RPM Racing Promotion Monthly Workshop Series: Reno, Nev., Dec. 2010, and Daytona Beach, Fla., Feb. 2011.
"Legal and Legislative Roundtable". IAAPA Attractions Expo, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Fla., Nov. 2010.
"RACE SAFE: Risk Management Q & A", and "RACE SAFE: Cary Agajanian Case Law Report". 37th Annual RPM Racing Promotion Monthly Workshop Series: Reno, Nev., Dec. 2009, and Daytona Beach, Fla., Feb. 2010.
"Legal and Legislative Roundtable". IAAPA Attractions Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 2009.
"Legal Guardianís Hour/Risky Business Q & A". 36th Annual RPM Racing Promotion Monthly Workshop Series: Reno, Nev., Dec. 2008, and Lake Mary, Fla., Feb. 2009.
"Benzenes Exposure and Additional Environmental Issues". 12th Willis Construction Risk Management National Conference, Franklin Marriott Resort & Convention Center, Franklin, Tenn., May 2006.