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Paul Allan Brisso

Litigation Attorney at Eureka, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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About Paul

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    General civil litigation, primarily insurance defense in commercial liability, construction defect, real estate, etc.

    43 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements

    13 years

  3. Personal injury
    Primarily insurance defense, retained by insurance carriers to represent their insureds in personal injury cases

    13 years

  4. State, local, and municipal law
    Serve as District Counsel for the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation Dist., Humboldt Community Services Dist., McKinleyville Community Service Dist., Loleta Community Services Dist., Manila Community Community Services Dist., and the Hearing Board of the North Coast Unified Air Quality Dist.

    13 years

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Mitchell, Brisso, Delaney & Vrieze
814 Seventh Street
Eureka, CA, 95502


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Posted by Zachary | December 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best
Paul has practiced law in Northern California for 35 plus years. I have tried many cases against him. He is also my personal attorney. He is one of the most skillful and ethical trial lawyers I know. His induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers (top 1% of nation's trial lawyers) proves my case.
Posted by David | January 25, 2010
Chief Executive Officer, Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District
Paul Brisso has been Council for the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation Distict (District) for over six years. Over that time, I have interacted with Paul 2-3 times per week on all facets of local government law covering personnel, property, liens, leases, agreements, contracts and insurance issues. In all of these interactions, I have found Paul to be very professional, knowledgable, and go the extra mile to help solve the sometimes complex legal issues that face a special district. Paul also teaches local government compliance classes. I have taken his class on California's Brown Act open meeting law and found Paul to be very good at presenting complex legal information in a very understandable and useful way to a non-legal audience. In my opinion, Paul has done an outstatanding job of representing the District and I would not hesitate to recommend him for any legal activity for which he feels qualified.
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Work Experience

  • Judicial staff attorney
  • California Fifth District Court of Appeal
  • 1978 - 1979


  • McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor with great distinction
  • 1978
  • California State University, Humboldt
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude
  • 1973


  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2002 - Present
  • Humboldt County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Insurance Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Humboldt County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2008 - 2008
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Honors and Awards

  • AV--"Pre-Eminent" rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Northern CA "Super Lawyers"
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2009
  • Northern CA "Super Lawyers"
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2008
  • Northern CA "Super Lawyers"
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2007
  • Northern CA "Super Lawyers"
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2006
  • Northern CA "Super Lawyers"
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2005
  • 2005 President's Award
  • Ass'n of Defense Counsel of No. CA and Nev.
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics Training for Public Officials (AB1234)
  • Mandatory ethics training for CA public officials
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Personal injury Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Brisso for many years. He is one of the best defense lawyers in Northern California and has an outstanding reputation. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him for representation. He is particularly well connected in Humboldt County where he maintains his office. He also is a great person and has a sense of humor."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Brisso is one of the finest litigators I have worked with in over 30 years of practice. He is a tough, thorough, diligent and smart advocate. Paul's ethical standards are impeccable. Paul is one of only two local attorneys who have been inducted into The American College of Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious Trial Lawyer organization in the nation. Membership in this organization is limited to the top 1% of Trial Lawyers in the country. He is a "10 +""
Personal injury

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Paul Allan Brisso
Litigation Attorney
Eureka, CA
Licensed for 44 years