Paul is a trial lawyer. His practice is concentrated on the areas of plaintiff’s civil rights, personal injury, and criminal defense. He has obtained large settlements and jury acquittals – sometimes for the same client in related cases. For example, Paul defended a young man shot by a police officer three times in the back. The State charged Paul’s client with first-degree assault to cover up the police shooting. Paul convinced a jury to acquit his client, saving him from at least ten years in prison. Paul and his firm then sued the police officer for excessive force. The case settled for $2.85 million. In 2016, Paul was named “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer for his work on a highly-publicized, free speech case. In 2017, Paul was also named “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.
Paul attended law school at the University of Minnesota, where he is now an Adjunct Law Professor for the school’s civil rights/civil liberties moot court program. Prior to law school, Paul was a financial analyst and a firefighter. He enjoys solving complex problems and thrives in the heat of competition.
J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude
B.S. Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado
Major: Finance, with honors
Yang v. Chadbourne
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2015)
Federal civil rights action stemming from the January 25, 2014 incident where Brooklyn Park probationary police officer Jason Chadbourne panicked and fired his service weapon six times into a snow-covered vehicle was it backed slowly out of its parking space, hitting Shoua Yang three times.
Reid Sagehorn v. ISD No. 728, et al.
United States District Court, District of Minnesota (2015)
Federal civil rights action stemming from the school’s unconstitutional punishment of Reid Sagehorn, the former honor student and two-sport varsity captain who was suspended, expelled, and forced to withdraw from Rogers High School because of a two-word, sarcastic tweet he posted outside of school hours, off school grounds, and without using any school property. Included was a defamation claim against the Rogers Police Chief.
In the Matter of “Anonymous”
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2017)
Won a large settlement for an eight-year-old girl with a medical malpractice claim against a healthcare provided.