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Paul was born in San Francisco and attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory before matriculating at Santa Clara University, where he earned a degree in Political Science. Thereafter, Paul earned his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law and studied International and European Union law at Oxford University, where he placed first in his class. At Pepperdine, Paul was on the Dean's List and received several Dean's Awards. In addition, he served as President of the student body, was a student mentor, participated in moot court competitions, was listed in the Who's Who Among American Law Students publication, and was a volunteer at the Union Rescue Mission Legal Clinic located on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. While in law school, Paul clerked for the venerable San Francisco law firm, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly, Wecht. & Schoenberger.

Prior to founding Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP, Paul practiced at one of the five largest law firms in California in the areas of complex tort and personal injury litigation, including products liability, commercial liability, and wrongful death actions. Paul has been involved in some of the most high profile and complex civil cases in the state over the past decade. He was trial counsel in one of the first clergy sexual abuse cases to go to trial in the last ten years and was primarily responsible for handling over fifteen coordinated abuse cases. Paul was also trial counsel in a recent high stakes case involving fraud and breach of contract resulting in a very favorable jury verdict for his client.

In addition to his trial work, Paul has handled a variety of cases before the California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court, including successfully obtaining a Writ of Mandatein a complex case involving First Amendment and Equal Protection rights.

Paul is an active member of the American Bar Association, Advisory Panel, and of the Italian American Lawyers Association. He was recently recognized in SuperLawyers Magazine as a Northern California Rising Star and in Madison Who's Who Among American Lawyers . His work has been chronicled in numerous media outlets including: Fresno Bee, Oakland Tribune, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Mercury News, Sierra Star, Contra Costa Times, KTVU, KSBW, and KION.  He is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, the Northern, Central, and Eastern  United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Languages spoken: English, Italian

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    12 years, 500 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 40%
    12 years, 500 cases
  3. Litigation: 10%
    12 years, 500 cases

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  • Douglas Senger Saeltzer

    Paul is an extremely bright and talented lawyer who consistently obtains excellent results for his clients.


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Contact info

Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP

44 Montgomery Street
Suite 3850
San Francisco, CA, 94104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Who's Who Among American ProfessionalsMadison2007
Dean's AwardPepperdine University School of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMatiasic Roth & Johnson LLP2007 - Present
Associated AttorneyLarge National Defense Firm2002 - 2007
Law ClerkWalkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger2001 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Advisory PanelMember2010 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Coronado v. Caltrans2,000,000 Dollar Verdict in Clients' Favor
Doe v. Negligent Driver$2,950,000 Recovery for Client
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Pepperdine University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A