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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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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2000||01/19/2017|
|Partner||Simon Herbert McClelland & Stiles, LLP||2006 - Present|
|Clerk||Honorable Leslie Brock Yates, Sr Associate Justice on the 14th Court of Appeals||2001 - 2001|
|Associate||Winstead, PC||2001 - 2006|
|Briefing Attorney||Fourteenth Court Of Appeals||2000 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Texas||Fellow||2013 - Present|
|Houston Bar Association||Fellow||2012 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|General Metal Fabricating Corp. v. Stergiou||On second motion for rehearing, reversed and remanded|
|General Metal Fabricating Corp. v. Stergiou||Appellate 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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|Houston Chronicle||Stop Giving Our Rights Away: The Reality of Tort Reform is Unfair System||2011|
|36 ABA Preview, 3, 158-63||Does the Sherman Act Recognize a "Price-Squeezing" Claim Where the Only Duty to Deal Arises from a Regulatory Scheme||2008|
|18 The Appellate Advocate||Pre-Dispute Jury Waivers Now Enforceable in Texas||2005|
|Houston Chronicle||Beware Bait-and-Switch by Prop. 12 Supporters||2003|
|41 SOUTH TEX. L. REV. 1101||The Fourth Amendment's Exclusionary Rule - Judicial Remedy or Constitutional Mandate: Is There Room for the "Good Faith" Exception?||2000|
|2004 HOUS. BUS. J. 26||How Can an Owner Protect its Company from a Jury of its Peers?||N/A|
|South Texas College of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||N/A||2000|
|University of Houston, main campus||Political Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1997|