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Today, Paul represents a wide array of clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, in all aspects of civil trial and appellate cases, but his practice primarily focuses on business disputes and consumer protection. Before co-founding Simon Herbert McClelland & Stiles, LLP in 2006, Paul practiced law at the Texas-based law firm of Winstead Sechrest & Minick in the Houston office of its Litigation/Dispute Resolution and Appellate sections. While there, he worked primarily on complex financial matters in cases all across the United States. He also co-authored an appellate brief that established new law in Texas: a sophisticated business or individual can agree to waive its right to a jury trial before a dispute arises.


Immediately after law school, Paul clerked for Leslie Brock Yates, the Senior Associate Justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Paul earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List, an Assistant Articles’ Editor of the Law Review, a member of The Order of the Lytae (for academic excellence), a member of The Order of Barristers and a member of three of South Texas’ legendary moot court teams. Paul graduated with honors from the University of Houston with honors with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science.


Paul is licensed to practice in the state of Texas, including the Northern, Eastern and Southern Federal District Courts in Texas. Paul has represented clients in courts across the United States. He is a member of the American Bar Association, a Fellow with the Houston Bar Foundation, a Fellow with the State Bar of Texas, and a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that fights for the rights of all Texans to have their day in court.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 55%
    2 years
  2. Appeals: 30%
    2 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 10%
    2 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    2 years



Hourly ($300-350/hour), contingent (25-45%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kevin R. Pennell

    I have worked with Paul on several different matters over several years. He is first class. I have referred clients to him in the past and will continue to do so in the future.


    Kevin Pennell Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Benjamin Harwood Rose

    Paul is an ideal litigator. He not only fiercely represents his clients and pursues multiple avenues to secure the best result, he also is a reasonable adversary who puts his clients interests above any personal concern.


    Benjamin Rose Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Simon Herbert McClelland & Stiles, LLP

3411 Richmond Ave Ste 400
Houston, TX, 77046-3408


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200008/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSimon Herbert McClelland & Stiles, LLP2006 - Present
ClerkHonorable Leslie Brock Yates, Sr Associate Justice on the 14th Court of Appeals2001 - 2001
AssociateWinstead, PC2001 - 2006
Briefing AttorneyFourteenth Court Of Appeals2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasFellow2013 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationFellow2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
General Metal Fabricating Corp. v. StergiouOn second motion for rehearing, reversed and remanded
General Metal Fabricating Corp. v. StergiouAppellate court affirmed trial court's summary judgment ruling that Rule 11 agreement was enforceable
Melawer v. Total Aircraft$82,000 Judgment for client, including $25K in sanctions against attorney and attorney's client for discovery abuses and appellate attorney's fees, etc. Affirmed by court of appeals and 100% recovery against plaintiff/counter-defendant.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Houston ChronicleStop Giving Our Rights Away: The Reality of Tort Reform is Unfair System2011
36 ABA Preview, 3, 158-63Does the Sherman Act Recognize a "Price-Squeezing" Claim Where the Only Duty to Deal Arises from a Regulatory Scheme2008
18 The Appellate AdvocatePre-Dispute Jury Waivers Now Enforceable in Texas2005
Houston ChronicleBeware Bait-and-Switch by Prop. 12 Supporters2003
41 SOUTH TEX. L. REV. 1101The Fourth Amendment's Exclusionary Rule - Judicial Remedy or Constitutional Mandate: Is There Room for the "Good Faith" Exception?2000
2004 HOUS. BUS. J. 26How Can an Owner Protect its Company from a Jury of its Peers?N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2000
University of Houston, main campusPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1997