Education

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D.)

Order of the Coif| California Law Review, Articles Editor|

New York University, College of Arts and Sciences (B.A., magna cum laude)

Chemistry and Mathematics

Biography

Matthew Paul represents many different types of clients in complex, high-stakes litigation in federal and state courts, both in trial courts and on appeal. For example, Mr. Paul represents governmental entities and officials in various matters, including civil-rights claims, employment-discrimination claims, and public-records requests. Mr. Paul also represents companies and their officers and directors in class actions and other complex litigation. Mr. Paul also represents lawyers in disputes with former law firms, co-counsel, and clients, as well as ethics complaints.

Mr. Paul graduated from New York University magna cum laude with a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics. He earned his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor for the California Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable James E. Graves, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and for the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Federal Bar Association, Member

Representative Matters

Representation of a corporation challenging an Endangered Species Act critical-habitat designation in the U.S. Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court

Representation of a district attorney’s office and individual prosecutors in civil-rights lawsuits brought by former prisoners, witnesses, and advocacy groups

Representation of a bio-pharmaceutical company in patent and trade-secret litigation against a former collaborator

Representation of a utility company and its officers and directors in shareholder class-action litigation arising out of a merger

Representation of a utility company in class-action litigation alleging widespread flood damage

Representation of a utility company in litigation arising from a fatal aircraft accident

Representation of a court-appointed jail compliance director in civil-rights lawsuits brought by multiple prisoners

Representation of an insurance company on appeal in the U.S. Fifth Circuit following an adverse judgment in the district court

Representation of a law firm in a multi-million-dollar fee dispute with former co-counsel

Representation of a law firm and individual lawyers in malpractice litigation brought by a former client and business partner

Representation of a contractor and developer on appeal in litigation concerning French Quarter real estate

Experience

Law Clerk to the Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Law Clerk for the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina

BAR ADMISSIONS

Louisiana State Bar Association

State of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

All Louisiana federal district courts

RECOGNITION

Order of the Coif, U.C. Berkeley School of Law

 

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