University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law J.D. 1979,
Order of the Coif
Order of the Barristers
Associate Editor-in-Chief, Missouri Law Review
Chairman Board of Advocates
Ike Skelton Trial Practice Award
University of Missouri-Columbia,
B.A. Political Science, cum laude, 1976
Westminster College, 1972-1973
The Missouri Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Illinois State Bar Association
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Illinois Association of Defense Counsel
American Bar Association
Missouri Public Charter School Association's 2016 Charter School Advocate of the Year Award
Named Lawyer of the Year for Mass Tort/Class Action Defense in St. Louis by Best Lawyers®, 2015
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2011-Present
St. Louis Bar Foundation's 2013 Spirit of Justice Award, 2013
St. Louis Small Business Monthly's 2013 List of Top 100 People to Know in St. Louis
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2011-2012
American Board of Trial Advocates, 2005-Present
Lafayette Preparatory Academy
Board of Directors, 2014-Present
Real Estate Committee: Member, 2009-Present; Chair, 2014-Present
Steering Committee, 2009-2013
Downtown STL, Inc.
Co-Chair, Residents Council, 2011-2016
Member, Board of Directors, 2011-2016
Lawyers for City Neighborhoods, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
St. Louis Association of Community Neighborhoods, Vacant Properties
Committee and Member, 2016-Present
Marquette Upper Residential Condominium Association
President, Board of Directors, 2006-2014
Marquette Master Condominium Association
Secretary, Board of Directors, 2006-2014
Adjunct Professor, St. Louis University School of Law, 2006-2010
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Trial Academy
April, 1991 and April, 1993
Paul is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. He focuses his practice on the trial of civil lawsuits in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois.
He has tried in excess of fifty jury cases and thirty bench-tried cases in his career. His litigation experience spans many different kinds of lawsuits, including real estate, taxation, indemnity, breach of contract, construction, fraud, trade secrets, product liability, maritime, railroad, RICO, civil rights, toxic tort, environmental, and regulatory.
In addition to his trial work, Paul has extensive experience in appellate court. He has briefed and argued more than thirty cases in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Missouri Supreme Court, all three districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the 5th District Illinois Appellate Court.
Paul's litigation experience includes the following lawsuits in which he served as lead counsel: Prosecution of a lawsuit against the United Mine Workers of America under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), defense of a toxic tort case involving more than 250 plaintiffs who claimed brain damage and peripheral neuropathy from industrial exposure to lead, prosecution of a maritime action for damage to a bridge over the Mississippi River from a barge strike, defense of a class action lawsuit against a public water system for refund of alleged overcharges, and prosecution of a redistricting lawsuit involving issues under the Voting Rights Act.
"Corporate Designee Depositions," Railroad Litigator's Notebook, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel,
3rd Edition (2004) and 4th Edition (2008)
"Implications of Amendments to Rule 57.07 for Corporate Designee Depositions," Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Newsletter,
"Hearsay," Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration, Henry Holt & Co.,
"Impeachment," International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Admin., Henry Holt & Co.,
"Improper Venue Based on Pretensive Joinder - Recognizing and Beating the Plaintiff's Effort to Manipulate Venue," Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Newsletter,
"Righting the Wrong of Woytus: A Proposal for Adoption of a Rule Permitting Depositions Limited to Discovery of Expert Testimony," 56 Missouri Law Review 75,
"Constitutional Law -- School Financing System Based on Local Property Tax Violative of Equal Protection Clause of State Constitution," 43 Missouri Law Review 322,
Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you (an ‘engagement letter’).
By clicking the ‘ACCEPT’ button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that our review of your information, even if you submitted it in a good faith effort to retain us, and, further, even if you consider it confidential, does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you. Please click the ‘ACCEPT’ button if you understand and accept the foregoing statement and wish to proceed.