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Paul Joseph Ultimo

Probate Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Paul J. Ultimo, Paul Ultimo

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Mr. Ultimo works with clients who have suffered a physical or emotional injury, usually by accident or mistake. Mr. Ultimo handles cases such as construction accidents, car accidents, botched surgery, and industrial accidents. Mr. Ultimo knows how the insurance claim process works, what evidence to gather for trial, and how to calculate and present a claim for damages.

    26 years

  2. Probate
    Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; Mr. Ultimo will advise you how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state will control distribution.

    18 years

  3. Medical malpractice
    Surgery gone wrong? Patients have a right to expect that diagnostic and medical procedures will be properly performed. Mr. Ultimo can represent you or a loved one if they are injured by a healthcare provider's negligent care and treatment.

    18 years

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    If you owe more money than you can afford to repay over time, you may benefit from a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you are usually relieved of financial obligations and given a fresh financial start.

    16 years

Paul J. Ultimo  is an  experienced  personal injury and medical malpractice trial attorney. Mr. Ultimo earned his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Western State University, California, after earning his Bachelor's degree in business administration from National University, San Diego. Mr. Ultimo has successfully tried cases before juries in Federal and State Courts in California. Some of Mr. Ultimo's verdicts and settlements include: $14 Million for medical negligence to a patient who suffered anoxic brain injury; $1.6 million to a construction worker whose scissor lift toppled over; $650,000 to a patient for failure to diagnose lymphoma; $250,000 to a patient who was negligently discharged from the hospital to home, whose symptoms later worsened; $150,000 to a woman for a medical battery and negligence; $100,000 to a woman for surgical medical negligence. Mr. Ultimo has also litigated many real estate cases to trial. Mr. Ultimo also won a woman her freedom from county jail after a completed jury trial when she was charged with intentionally running her boyfried over with a car and inflicting great bodily injury.

Licensed for 27 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/28/2022

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Posted by Anita | August 12, 2008
History with Paul
Paul has handled a number of legal matters for my husband and I and we would confidently refer him to our family and friends. He operates with integrity and openness. Paul possesses a work ethinc that speaks volumes about how much he cares about the "right" outcome in any situation.
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2008
I am a Power Plant Employee and Father of 3
I first met Paul about 6 years ago when I was trying to get my dughter back from her grandparents in Texas. The process for me took about 3 years total but Paul was only involved over the final year. Before Paul I went through an attorney who wasted about 18 months of my time and probably $20 k. Paul got the job done in a fraction of that cost and time and he had to do a lot of research on Texas laws to accomplish this (my previous lawyer did none of that). I am convinced that had Paul been my attorney from the start the seperation from my daughter would have been a year at the most. Since then I have recommended Paul to several friends and family members and will continue to do so. I have also used him for advice on different matters such as lawsuits and labor issues. Paul is also very fair when it comes to costs and will pull no punches when discussing these matters. If something is going to take time and/or money he will be very up front with you but will work with you too. If he feels you have no chance to win he will not take your money or give you false hope. He is very up front. Paul does not like to lose, but this doesn't mean he won't take on a hard case. He is a bulldog and if you decide to retain him for any matter he will go to the mat for you and relentlessly do what it takes for you to walk away happy. I give Paul an overall excellent rating. I gave him a "good" rating on resposive but he was probably better than good. Surely the fact that he can handle just about any type of matter and he keeps pretty busy made his respose time a little longer than I wanted. With that said, he probably had 20 things going on at once while I was concerned only about my one item. In a nutshell, I wouldn't hesitate and in fact have hired Paul again for any of my legal needs. He has proven to me to be very competent but just as important in this field he is trust worthy. If you have a need for legal representation Paul Ultimo is the person you want to hire.
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Posted by Leslie | July 28, 2008
Regional Controller
Paul was very understanding and compassionate throughout my entire divorce proceedings. He always had my best interest in mind and fought diligently for me and my children. Paul was constantly trying to make my out of pocket expenses as minimal as possible and was very fair to me regarding those expenses. Paul had great knowledge of applicable case law regarding my situation and was able to obtain the most fair settlement that we could hope for. I have recommended his services to my friends and family already before this service became available. Paul was very professional in his dealings with all parties and when it came time to be tough in the courtroom, he was still extremely diplomatic and respectful which I believe helped me in receiving the best results possible. I wholeheartedly recommend Paul Ultimo.
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Posted by Yolanda | July 28, 2008
Ms. Parker
I highly recommend Paul Ultimo to anyone in need of representation. His attention to detail and research of the facts of my case were outstanding. He stood by me regardless of the actions of the prosecution, and disproved all their allegations in a jury trial. Without his representation I would have been falsly sentenced to time in state prison. I owe my freedom to the hard work and dedication Paul showed in my time of need. When I was scared and unsure of the situation Paul reassured me he had collected the evidence necessary to prove my innocence, and he did. He worked hard for me, and I know he works hard for every client. He is dedicated to those he serves, and is an excellent Attorney.
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Posted by Leo | July 26, 2008
Unique Professional
Paul is accurate, achievement-oriented, active, professional and trustworthy.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2008
Client Review
Excellent lawyer. Reliable, dependable. Keeps clients informed with excellent follow up.
Posted by Lee | July 25, 2008
Excellent arbitration attorney
When I first began working with Mr. Ultimo, he was a fairly new attorney. However, on the recommendation of a mutual friend and after our first meeting I felt comfortable that hiring Mr. Ultimo to represent me was the right thing to do. I was very glad I made that decision, because Mr. Ultimo handled my case (a very difficult international arbitration case) with great precision and poise. The results Mr. Ultimo obtained exceeded my expectations. Mr. Ultimo continues to represent SunLAN Corporation in many of their legal matters.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1998.

Private reproval, public disclosure issued in CA, 1998
updated on 07/30/2013

Private reproval, public disclosure means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Paul's comment: “Not related to the practice of law.”

Work Experience

  • Trial Lawyer
  • Ultimo Law Firm, P.C.
  • 1995 - Present


  • Western State University College of Law
  • Doctorate in Jurisprudence
  • 1995
  • National University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Confidential v. Confidential (Medical Battery)
  • $150,000 - Settlement
  • Boughamer v. Diamond Construction (Workplace Injury)
  • Settlement/Verdict $1,600,000.00
  • Morelli v. Graham Union 76 (Car Accident)
  • Settlement/Verdict $1,000,000.00


  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law
  • Western State University Law School - AmJur BanCroft Whitney
  • 1995
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Uniform Commercial Code
  • Western State University Law School - AmJur Bancroft Whitney
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • White Collar Crime & Government Corruption
  • Mortgage Loan Fraud Prosecution & Defense Stretegies
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
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Litigation Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an outstanding litigator. I have had the pleasure of observing substantial parts of three of his trials. He is astute at questioning witnesses, and he has mastered trial procedure. His exhibit books and his organization are truly impressive--if a witness contradicts his deposition, Mr. Ulitimo will always catch him on it. Not surprsingly, he won all three cases I observed. You will be in excellent hands with him as your attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Ultimo is a top litigation attorney. I have had the pleasure of co-counseling with Paul, and have witnessed the excellent results that he achieves. I highly recommend Paul Ultimo."
Family Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. We worked together on a complex case. He ably handled the family law aspects."
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