J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude
B.S. Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado
Major: Finance, with honors
Paul is a trial lawyer. He practices primarily criminal defense and civil rights litigation. He also handles large, complex personal injury cases.
In his criminal defense practice, Paul represents people and companies under investigation for or accused of unlawful conduct in both federal and state court. He has represented clients on charges ranging from RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) violations, and other civil and criminal conspiracies, to murder. Paul is one of the few lawyers to have tried a federal terrorism case to a jury, and recently won jury acquittals in a first- and second-degree assault case, and a first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct case.
In his civil rights practice, Paul represents individuals in federal lawsuits against government actors who trample on his clients’ most fundamental rights – e.g., the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures (police brutality) and the right to free speech. Recently, 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 in an attempt to cover up the police shooting. Paul convinced a jury to acquit his client of the criminal charges. Paul and his colleagues then sued the police officer for excessive force. The case settled for $2.85 million.
Paul also represented Reid Sagehorn in the high-profile, free speech case of the former honor student and two-sport varsity captain who was suspended, expelled, and forced to withdraw from Rogers High School for a two-word sarcastic tweet he posted on the Internet outside of school hours, off school grounds, and without using any school property. Paul sued the superintendent, assistant superintendent, and principal for violating Reid’s First Amendment right to free speech, as well as the chief of police for defamation. The case settled for $425,000.
Paul is an accomplished legal writer. He has written briefs in both federal and state appellate courts. He has won numerous awards for his legal writing. He is now an adjunct associate law professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, his alma-mater, and teaches second-year law students legal writing and oral advocacy.
Before attending law school, Paul was both a financial analyst and a firefighter.
State v. Anonymous (2015). Won a jury acquittal in Scott County on first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.
State v. Shoua Yang (2015). Won a jury acquittal in Hennepin County for a man charged with attempting to use deadly force on a police officer, a charge that would have subjected him to 10-year mandatory minimum prison sentence.
United States v. Gregory Joseph Jaunich (2014). Co-counsel for an individual charged with five counts of mail fraud in relation to a wind energy project. Two-week long federal jury trial in front of Chief Judge John Tunheim.
United States v. McArthur, et al. (2013). Co-counsel to one of the lead defendants in a twenty-five defendant racketeering case.
United States v. Mahamud Said Omar (2012). Co-counsel for a Somali-born man charged with terrorism-related offenses. Three-week long federal jury trial in front of Chief Judge Michael Davis.
United States v. Robert Paul Bossany, Jr. (2012). Wrote appellate brief to the Eighth Circuit for a client convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering.
CIVIL RIGHTS AND PERSONAL INJURY
Yang v. Chadbourne (2015). $2,850,000.00 Settlement. 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 as it backed slowly out of its parking space, hitting Shoua Yang three times. Yang, along with his cousin and friend, were at a banquet hall for a Valentine’s Day party and decided to leave after a fight broke out. Chadbourne arrived on the scene and followed the men to determine if they were involved in the fight – they were not. Chadbourne did not issue any commands to Yang and had no information Yang had committed any crime. Yet, Chadbourne positioned himself behind the snow-covered vehicle and fired six-times – later claiming the vehicle was speeding in reverse at him – a claim unsupported and refuted by the evidence. Yang was hit in the back, neck and shoulder and one of the bullets severed his kidney and almost killed him.
Reid Sagehorn v. ISD No. 728, et al. (2015). $425,000.00 Settlement. 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. Paul also sued the Rogers Police Chief for defaming Reid by falsely and continuously reporting to the media that Reid, a minor at the time, committed a felony. Defendants settled the case after losing their motions to dismiss.
In the Matter of “XYZ” (2011). Confidential Settlement. Won a large confidential pre-lawsuit settlement against a healthcare provider. Clients came to Paul after a law firm with over 35 years of medical malpractice experience investigated the case and told them there was nothing they could do.
James Render v. LCM Development, LLC and John Prins (2013). Co-counsel for plaintiff in a breach of contract claim involving the development of real estate in Arizona. Jury returned a verdict nearly a million dollars in favor of plaintiff.
Bradley Gombold v. Call One, Inc. (2013). Lead counsel for plaintiff in a federal ERISA lawsuit against his Florida employer, which plaintiff discovered had been failing to deposit his 401(k) contributions to his retirement account in full and on a timely basis for seventeen years. Defendant ultimately settled the lawsuit, making a payment reflecting lost principal, lost earnings, statutory penalties, and plaintiff’s costs and attorney fees.
Target Corp. v. LCH Pavement Consulting, LLC, et al. (2012-2015). Co-counsel for paving contractor and corporation in a twelve-defendant lawsuit alleging RICO violations, fraud, breach of contract, and violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Federal Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (committee member)
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit