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I have been practicing law for the past 25 years in a wide variety of areas. These areas include personal injury, insurance defense, municipality litigation, constitutional law matters, professional malpractice and employment law. I also have been a mediator for the past 8 years and have successfully mediated 100s of cases.


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Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 25%
  2. Employment: 25%
  3. Defective Products: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Kirkpatrick & Startzel, P.S.

1717 S Rustle Rd Ste 102
Spokane, WA, 99224-2065


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKirkpatrick & Startzel, PS1988 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Mediation SectionMemberN/A
Spokane County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Idaho State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Kootenai County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Montana State BarN/AN/A
Defense Research InstituteN/AN/A
Washington Defense Trial LawyersN/AN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
American Veterinary Medical Law AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cashmere Pioneer Growers v. UnigardSuccessfully defended against ins. coverage claim
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Publication nameTitleDate
Gonzaga Law ReviewThe “Atascadero” Rule: New Hurdle For Plaintiffs Suing States in Federal Court, 21 Gonz. L. Rev. 47-115 (1986) with Downey, Karau & Kirkpatrick - See more at:
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Montana State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSU veterinary classesAvoiding malpractice claims2010