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Overview

Paul, leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group, has more than 20 years as a trial attorney and represents clients in the financial services and hospitality industries.

He has tried cases and counseled clients in more than 25 states, the District of Columbia and the United Kingdom.

Paul built his practice winning jury trials of delicate harassment and discrimination cases. He continues that work and also represents management clients in class and collective actions, complex employment lawsuits and arbitration proceedings. His extensive employment litigation career includes: 

  • Serving as first chair in numerous employment discrimination jury trials in state and federal courts, all of which returned verdicts in favor of his clients. 
  • Handling Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class/collective action matter involving employee misclassifications, off-the-clock work, and donning and doffing. 
  • Obtaining summary judgments for the defense in sexual harassment, age, gender and disability cases.

He also has represented employers in arbitrations before American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) panels. Paul is a frequent speaker, trainer and author for business and professional organizations regarding employment obligations and management strategies.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star - Midwest, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law-Management, 2013-2019
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment Law, 2013-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006-2012, 2014-2018

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Order of the Coif
    • Missouri Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • B.A., William Jewell College
    • magna cum laude
    • Student, Editor-in-Chief
    • Hilltop Monitor, Editor-in-Chief

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment and Litigation Law Sections
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, 2005-present; Board of Directors, 2013-2016
  • Human Resource Management Association of Kansas City
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
Experience
  • Defended a highly contested gender/race discrimination case in Hawaii, obtaining summary judgment on two-thirds of the plaintiff’s claims and then settling before trial.
  • Defended national restaurant chains, hotels and casinos across the country and worked with executive management to develop training and litigation strategies to reduce liability risk in high-turnover industries.
  • Obtained verdict in state court jury trial where plaintiff originally demanded $10 million to settle and its last offer during trial was $2 million. Obtained award of attorney’s fees and expenses for prevailing client.
  • Obtained a rare complete-summary judgment in a Missouri state court lawsuit (Davis v. Mediacom and Art Samuel) in which the plaintiff alleged age discrimination and retaliation under the Missouri Human Rights Act.
  • Handled a case involving claims of race, age and national-origin discrimination, as well as retaliation and public policy wrongful discharge. The plaintiff claimed that he was fired for refusing to approve nonconforming materials to be used in nuclear weapons. Court granted motion for summary judgment on all four counts based upon admissions obtained in the deposition of plaintiff.
  • Defended a complaint filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that client retaliated against the complainant in violating the whistleblower-protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In addition to mounting a substantive defense, aggressively pursued dismissal based on jurisdiction. After extensive discovery and briefing, the administrative law judge dismissed the matter for lack of jurisdiction. Decision upheld on appeal to U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board.
Thought Leadership
Community Leadership
  • St. Peter's School, Athletic Director/Chair of Athletic Committee
  • YouthFriends, volunteer