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Overview

As a former entrepreneur and business owner, Paul understands exactly what matters to clients and has seen firsthand how great attorneys and great law firms can deliver great outcomes for clients.

Before assuming executive leadership positions in the legal industry, Paul spent 20 years hiring law firms and working closely with attorneys to achieve his own companies’ ambitious goals. His experiences made him acutely aware of what it takes to solve clients’ challenges.

Paul enjoys working shoulder to shoulder with Husch Blackwell attorneys.  He works hard to ensure that the firm’s attorneys have the resources needed to help clients advance their business goals.

Believing that careful listening is an important part of leadership, Paul is attentive to the ideas and views of the firm’s attorneys, who in turn know the importance of listening to clients to better understand their problems and perspectives—and help them succeed.


Recognition

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2017 Todd Wehr Volunteer Award
  • Marquette University High School, 2018 Alumnus of the Year

Education

  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross
    • English

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • BizStarts Milwaukee, Board of Directors
  • Greater Milwaukee Committee
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), Board of Directors
  • Wisconsin Technology Council, Board of Directors
  • Golden Angels Network (GAN), Marquette University angel capital investment group, 2005-present
Experience
  • Founder, President, Senior Advisor, Capital Data Inc., Milwaukee
  • Managing Member, Capital Properties of Wisconsin LLC, Milwaukee
  • Founding Shareholder, LaserNet Inc., Green Bay
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Gregg N. Sofer Joins Husch Blackwell's White Collar Team

Gregg N. Sofer becomes the latest high-profile arrival for Husch Blackwell’s White Collar, Internal Investigations & Compliance practice group.

News Releases | April 01, 2021
Catherine Hanaway Becomes Husch Blackwell Chair
News Releases | February 22, 2021
Husch Blackwell Achieves Record Revenue in 2020
News Releases | October 02, 2020
Husch Blackwell to Relocate Office in St. Louis

Husch Blackwell has committed to taking on between 100,000 and 120,000 square feet of space in Commerce Bank Tower. The firm will relocate its main St. Louis-area office to Commerce Bank Tower once construction is completed.

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Kansas City Business Journal: Virtual Husch Blackwell office attracts first attorney outside firm's footprint

"This is just a great concept and I hope more firms embrace this sort of thing," Benefield said. "It gives me an opportunity to join a law firm as reputable and amazing as Husch Blackwell without having to pick up and move my family across the country to one of their offices."

Outside the Office

Paul’s wife, 10 children and three grandchildren are the core of his personal life.

Paul enjoys family time, both the daily routine and the special occasions when they can all be together. Other favorite ways to relax are playing golf and, when in Canada with friends from the firm, catching sizable fish.

Community Leadership

Paul’s efforts on behalf of his city reflect the precepts of his Jesuit education: striving for excellence, educational opportunity, justice and care for the poor.

An able fundraiser, he has led significant capital campaigns for a homeless shelter and the performing arts. He also works to support educational institutions that provide college-prep education for urban children.

  • Guest House of Milwaukee, Board of Directors, 1998-2008; Development Subcommittee, Campaign Cabinet Chair, 2012-2017
  • Marquette University High School, Development Subcommittee, 2001-2017
  • Jesuit Retreat House, Development Subcommittee, 2010-present; Advisory Board Chair, 2011-present; Campaign Committee, 2011-2017
  • United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), Board Member, 2012-present; 2016 Campaign, Co-Chair
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee, Feasibility Study Executive Committee, 2011-2013; Board of Directors, 2014-present

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