Paul D. Motz

Partner

Paul joined Patton & Ryan in 2013, after six years of vigorous litigation practice that included a wide array of tort and insurance coverage disputes. During that time, Paul handled every aspect of case preparation from trial through appeal.

Now a partner at Patton & Ryan, Paul has been a vital team member on numerous high-exposure trials, coast to coast. His recent trial experience includes products liability, bad faith and insurance coverage, catastrophic personal injury, professional negligence, and construction defect.

Paul is typically immersed in one extremely complex case at a time, picking up the ball (or picking up the pieces) in an ongoing dispute that is approaching trial. He dives deeply into each case, evaluating the work of other skilled defense firms, and acting as a critically objective second set of eyes. He quickly analyzes their work and seeks ways to further enhance their discovery efforts, strengthening their strategy and positioning big, tough cases for trial. As the trial date approaches, he works closely with John Patton, distilling enormous volumes of evidence into the most salient components.

Paul’s approach separates the wheat from the chaff, identifying the strongest defense theories, and simplifying the case for the jury. Defending insurance companies against sympathetic plaintiffs means that complexity or confusion can be the biggest enemy. Paul finds the simple story a jury can understand and believe, greatly increasing the chance of an equitable, just verdict. This experience also affords him a nuanced understanding of the facts, making him a fair but fierce and tireless cross-examiner.

In addition to his significant trial work, Paul’s focus has been on Patton & Ryan’s national insurance coverage and bad-faith litigation practice as well as complex construction-defect cases across the nation.

Education

  • DePaul University, B.A. Political Science and Communication, 2004
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2007

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2007
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General and Trial Bar), 2007
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado, 2014
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2014
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2014

Pro Hac Vice Admissions

  • State: Michigan, Vermont, Hawaii, California, Wisconsin
  • Federal: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Recent Successes

  • Dempe v. Lindroth, Spring 2014, Catastrophic Personal Injury. Defense verdict after five week trial where Plaintiff asked the jury for $57 million.
  • Counts v. LB Rose Ranch, Summer 2015, Construction Defect, Verdict awarded damages less than pre-existing setoff.
  • Busch Properties, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA., February 2016, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith litigation arising out of mold litigation, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit affirmed dismissal finding no legal obligation to pay.
  • Douglas v. Arlington Park and Churchill Downs, Spring 2016, Catastrophic Personal Injury/Products Liability. Defense verdict after four week trial where Plaintiff asked the jury for $30 million. The jury deliberated for only eighty minutes in reaching this verdict.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2016
  • Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyer 2016

Associations

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS)
  • Chicago Bar Association

Hobbies

In his spare time, Paul enjoys golfing, playing soccer, reading, traveling, working out, and patiently rooting on the Chicago sports teams.

Family

Paul, a lifelong resident of Illinois, has been married to Nicole since 2013.