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, 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 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 catastrophic loss trial practice, insurance coverage and bad-faith litigation practice as well as complex construction-defect cases across the nation.
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In his spare time, Paul enjoys golfing, playing soccer, reading, traveling, working out, and patiently rooting on the Chicago sports teams.