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About Me

I have been practicing law for the past 25 years in a wide variety of areas. These areas include personal injury, insurance defense, municipality litigation, constitutional law matters, professional malpractice and employment law. I also have been a mediator for the past 8 years and have successfully mediated 100s of cases.


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Practice Areas


  1. Insurance: 25%
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • Richard Todd Wetmore

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Richard Wetmore Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Kirkpatrick & Startzel, P.S.

1717 S Rustle Rd Ste 102
Spokane, WA, 99224-2065



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerKirkpatrick & Startzel, PS1988 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Mediation SectionMemberN/A
Spokane County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Idaho State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Kootenai County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Montana State BarN/AN/A
Defense Research InstituteN/AN/A
Washington Defense Trial LawyersN/AN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
American Veterinary Medical Law AssociationN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Cashmere Pioneer Growers v. UnigardSuccessfully defended against ins. coverage claim
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Publication NameTitleDate
Gonzaga Law ReviewThe “Atascadero” Rule: New Hurdle For Plaintiffs Suing States in Federal Court, 21 Gonz. L. Rev. 47-115 (1986) with Downey, Karau & Kirkpatrick - See more at:
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Montana State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1982
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
WSU veterinary classesAvoiding malpractice claims2010