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J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude
B.S. Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado
Major: Finance, with honors

Paul practices at the interface of criminal and commercial law.  He represents people and companies under investigation for or accused of unlawful conduct typically in matters alleging RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) violations, civil and criminal conspiracies, fraud, theft, and other related offenses.

Practicing in federal and state court, Paul is one of the few lawyers to have tried a terrorism case to a jury, and most recently was part of the trial team that won a very large jury verdict for an individual plaintiff in a commercial dispute.

Paul joined GBBS in 2010.  He earned his law degree at the University of Minnesota with high honors, and was the first student in the history of the school’s largest moot court program to win both the best brief and best oralist awards.  As a lawyer, Paul has written briefs in both the federal and state appellate courts.  He is now an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, teaching second-year law students legal writing and appellate advocacy.

Before attending law school, Paul was both a financial analyst and a firefighter.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

CRIMINAL

United States v. Mahamud Said Omar.  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. McArthur, et al. Co-counsel to one of the lead defendants in a twenty-five defendant racketeering case.

United States v. Robert Paul Bossany, Jr. Wrote appellate brief to the Eighth Circuit for a client convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering.

United States v. Gregory Joseph Jaunich.  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.

COMMERICAL

James Render v. LCM Development, LLC and John Prins. 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.

Target Corp. v. LCH Pavement Consulting, LLC, et al. 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.

OTHER

Bradley Gombold v. Call One, Inc.  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.

In the Matter of “XYZ”. 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.

MEMBERSHIPS

Federal Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

COURT ADMISSIONS

Minnesota
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

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