Paul D. Motz

Managing 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 managing partner at Patton & Ryan, Paul has been a trial lawyer on numerous high-exposure cases, coast to coast. His recent trial experience includes products liability, catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, 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 the trial team, 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 professionals, corporations or 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 catastrophic loss and medical malpractice practice as well as complex construction-defect cases across the nation.


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


  • Illinois, 2007
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General and Trial Bar), 2007
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2018
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado, 2014
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2018
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2014
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2014

Pro Hac Vice Admissions

Paul spends a significant amount of time representing clients and defending matters out of state. Over the past few years, he has had the privilege of working in numerous state and federal courts on behalf of the firm clients.

Those venues include:

  • State: Michigan, Vermont, Hawaii, California, Wisconsin, Washington, Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Iowa
  • Federal: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Recent Successes

  • Dempe v. Lindroth, Catastrophic Personal Injury. Defense verdict after five week trial where Plaintiff asked the jury for $57 million.
  • Counts v. LB Rose Ranch, Construction Defect, Verdict awarded damages less than pre-existing setoff.
  • Busch Properties, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA., 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, 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. This verdict was later confirmed by the appellate court.

Honors & Awards

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


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


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


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