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Overview

Paul represents automobile, consumer electronics, medical device, pharmaceutical and other product manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the defense and prosecution of cases involving product liability, breach of warranty, complex commercial litigation, construction law, insurance law and personal injury.

Paul also counsels clients on drafting and enforcing sales agreements and form documents to limit his clients’ liability from the initial product sale. He has extensive trial and appellate court experience litigating contract and warranty issues arising under the Uniform Commercial Code.

Paul’s noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • Won Defense Verdict of the Year for 2010, as determined by Wisconsin Law Journal, for jury trial of a products liability matter on behalf of a multinational consumer electronics manufacturer. 
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of residential housing contractor in insurance coverage matter, awarding coverage to contractor for claims alleging extensive construction defects in housing development.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict on behalf of transportation company in accident alleging traumatic brain injury in multivehicle trucking accident on Interstate highway.
  • Guided national retailer through Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigation and subsequent recall of gas-powered electric room heaters that were found not to comply with relevant ANSI Standards and presented risk of fire and serious personal injury.

Paul also guides clients in all aspects of product safety, including investigations; product recalls and other corrective actions; and product warnings, warranties and instructions. He advises clients on reporting requirements to the CPSC and assists with resolution of matters before the CPSC.

In addition, Paul counsels owners, developers and contractors on contract review and insurance and indemnity issues.  He advises construction industry clients on dispute resolution, including representation in mediation and arbitration, and represents clients in litigation matters involving contract claims, warranty issues, construction defects and insurance coverage disputes.  Paul regularly lectures on construction law topics at the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering and the UW Law School.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Paul worked in the insurance industry for nine years, where he analyzed coverage and evaluated, negotiated and resolved general liability and professional liability claims. Throughout his career as a lawyer, Paul has continued to advise clients on insurance matters, and regularly represents both insureds and insurers in complex insurance coverage disputes and litigation matters involving claims under general liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, and other insurance policies.


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Services

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
      • Dean's Scholar
      • DePaul Law Review
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
Experience
  • Won Defense Verdict of the Year for 2010, as determined by Wisconsin Law Journal, for jury trial of a products liability matter on behalf of a multinational consumer electronics manufacturer.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of residential housing contractor in insurance coverage matter, awarding coverage to contractor for claims alleging extensive construction defects in housing development.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict on behalf of transportation company in accident alleging traumatic brain injury in multivehicle trucking accident on Interstate highway.
  • Guided national retailer through CPSC investigation and subsequent recall of gas-powered electric room heaters that were found not to comply with relevant ANSI Standards and presented risk of fire and serious personal injury.
  • Successfully tried to verdict products liability and personal injury matters on behalf of product manufacturers, transportation companies and medical professionals.
  • Served as Wisconsin products liability counsel for major American automobile manufacturer.
  • Served as outside legal counsel to small and midsize product manufacturers, providing counsel on a broad range of matters such as employment issues, contract review and drafting, and dispute resolution.
Community Leadership
  • Dane County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Board Member
  • Notre Dame Alumni Club of South Central Wisconsin, Director, Past President
  • Village of Shorewood Hills, Pool Management Committee Member