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 Civil Litigation:



  • Business Torts (e.g.misappropriation of trade secrets)

  • Intellectual Property (e.g. trademark or copyright infringement, licensing disputes)

  • Personal Injury Defense (e.g. toxic torts, motor vehicle  accidents, construction-site accidents)

  • Personal Injury Plaintiff's Claims (e.g food borne illnesses, toxic torts, motor vehicle accidents)

  • Estate and Trust Litigation (e.g will/ trust contests)



  • Composer, musician (piano, organ and guitar)

  • Released multuple award winning CDs

  • Co-founder of and 

  • Member, ASCAP


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    36 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    36 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%
    31 years
  4. General Practice: 5%
    36 years

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  • Michael S. Waddington

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  • Tracy Jong

    I endorse this lawyer. Paul is regarded by the local intellectual practitioners as the go-to guy on copyright issues. He is such a joy to work with and he knows his stuff. He is active in the bar and keeps up on the latest legal issues.


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Contact info

Underberg & Kessler LLP

300 Bausch & Lomb Place

Rochester, NY, 14604-2702


NYCurrently registered 197803/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 50 Upstate New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2013
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in New YorkNew York Magazine2011
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2009
Best LawyersNew York Magazine2009
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2008
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2007
Empire State CounselNew York State Bar Association2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
President's AwardLandmark Society of Western New York1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerUnderberg & Kessler LLP1985 - Present
AssociateThacher Proffitt & Wood1980 - 1985
Law ClerkAppellate Division, Fourth Dept (Honorable Emmett J. Schnepp)1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York Academy of Trial LawyersMember2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1991 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Monroe County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesMember1982 - Present
Arts and Cultural CouncilBoard Member2002 - 2009
Landmark Society of Western New YorkPresident1999 - 2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
College of the Holy CrossEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
University of Durham, ENGLANDEnglish LiteratureN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Memoirs: Legal Issues and StrategiesDefamation and the Right to Privacy2016
Micro-Entrepreneur WorkshopProtecting Intellectual Property2015
Hackerfest 2012E-Discovery: What you don't know could hurt you2012
Cornell University Cooperative ExtensionFood Safety- A Legal Perspective2012
Hackerfest 2011E-Discovery2011
Technology & Homeland Security Forum 2010Electronic Discovery2010
Hackerfest 2010E-Discovery2010
Association of Legal AdministratorsE-Discovery- Federal Requirements2010
Hackerfest 2009E-Discovery2009
MCBA CLENuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property- Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets2008
RBA ConferenceNew Federal Rules Regarding Electronic Discovery2007
Protecting Your Business InformationProtecting Your Business Information2006
SUNY Geneseo- Guest LecturerIntellectual Property- An Introduction2005
NYS Judicial InstituteInfant Settlements2005
A Candid Conversation with Presiding Justice Eugene PigottA Candid Conversation with Presiding Justice Eugene Pigott2005
NYSBA CLEModern Discovery2004
MCBA CLEInfant Settlements2004
The Evidence Institute 2003Documentary Evidence2003
MCBA CLEE-Discovery: The Collection of Computer Data and Electronic Information2001
Basic Federal Civil PracticeElectronic Discovery2001
MCBA CLEAdvise from the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts2000
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program ConferenceLead Poisoning Litigation: New vs Old Torts1998