Paul focuses his practice on solving complex legal disputes. Having appeared in hundreds of federal and state lawsuits, Paul is a seasoned litigator with experience in a wide range of complex cases, including multimillion-dollar tort cases, constitutional claims, trade secret, and intellectual property theft disputes, complex contractual and warranty disputes, and cases involving fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. He also advises business clients on warranty and sales-related legal issues, assists several banks on commercial collection matters, and is a leader of SouthBank Legal’s appellate practice. Paul clerked for four years at the federal trial and appellate levels and has taught commercial law at Notre Dame Law School for a decade.
Besides having extensive legal experience, Paul is easy to work with and is a good teammate. His ego-free approach has helped him successfully team up with corporate in-house counsel from Fortune 500 companies as well as with litigators from the top law firms in the country—like Williams & Connolly, Kirkland & Ellis, and Winston & Strawn, to name a few. Paul’s focus is not on burnishing his own resume but on helping the legal team best serve the client by meeting the client’s objectives.
In previous cases, Paul has:
- Represented a military vehicle manufacturer in obtaining a $277 million judgment against an international defense company for bilking the manufacturer on the sale of vehicle components.
- Represented a company president in multiple civil and criminal matters regarding the alleged misappropriation of over $100 million.
- Represented a publicly traded insurance company in multimillion-dollar trust litigation against a publicly traded bank for breach of fiduciary duty.
- Defended a publicly traded bank in a series of lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duty over some of the bank’s trust accounts.
- Represented a Fortune 500 company in claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against a supplier.
- Defended a publicly traded bank in a lawsuit involving allegations of fraudulently signed loan documents and violations of civil RICO.
- Defended an equipment manufacturer against warranty claims in excess of $14 million.
- Represented a control systems company in obtaining a preliminary injunction against its former employees and a competitor for stealing the company’s trade secrets on its premier product.
- Represented an individual in a federal investigation concerning alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
- Defended a large medical device manufacturer against a defamation suit brought by a South American executive in connection with an investigation the manufacturer had conducted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
- Helped a publicly traded bank recover the proceeds from a commercial loan that a municipality was claiming it did not have to repay because the loan allegedly violated municipal finance laws.
- Represented individuals and entities in disputes and litigation regarding the financing, development, and operation of large-scale casinos.
- Defended a museum in a lawsuit alleging that it had purchased stolen artwork.
- Represented a jet servicing company in federal, state, and administrative proceedings on a variety of constitutional and statutory claims.
- Represented a group of gas station tenants in a lawsuit against a fuel distributor over ethanol pricing.
- Represented a borrower opposing a $20 million foreclosure of its primary commercial property.
- Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
- Articles Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
- Franciscan University of Steubenville, B.A., summa cum laude
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Selected Case Coverage
- Investor Dispute May Imperil Hard Rock Casino License Renewal, Carden, D., Northwest Indiana Times, June 13, 2021
- Victims in Elkhart Businessman’s Alleged Fraud Could Soon Recoup Their Losses, Sheckler, C., South Bend Tribune, Mar. 30, 2021
- Indiana Gaming Commission Reaches Settlement with Casino Magnate Rod Ratcliff, Magdaleno, J., Indianapolis Star, Mar. 3, 2021
- Rod Ratcliff Sues Indiana Gaming Commission in Response to License Suspension, Bittenbender, S., Casino.org, Jan. 20, 2021
- Lippert Components Preparing Challenge to Fraud Claim in Updated Corporate Lawsuit, Ambrose, A., Goshen News, Oct. 7, 2020
- Company Can Bring Fraud Claim into Lippert Lawsuit, Weiser, J., Goshen News, Oct. 6, 2020
- A Tale of Betrayal Lies in Lawsuit Accusing Lippert Components of Stealing Trade Secrets, Sheckler, C., South Bend Tribune, Apr. 21, 2020
- Court Battle Continues Between ASA Electronics and Lippert Components, RV News, Apr. 14, 2020
- ASA Gains Preliminary Injunction Against Lippert, Verdon, M., Tradeonlytoday.com, Nov. 7, 2019
- Auction of Rare Autos Once Owned by Businessman Nets $44M, Associated Press, Nov. 1, 2020
- Elkhart Company Founder Accused of Fraud Had $98 Million Fortune, Including 281 Vehicles, Bauer, C., South Bend Tribune, Nov. 26, 2019
- KeyCorp Shares Fall After the Bank Uncovers $90 Million Fraud by Payrolls Processor, Imbert, F., CNBC, July 16, 2019
- KeyBank Defrauded by Business Customer, Suit Says; Could Lose Up to $200 Million, Dixon Murray, T., The Plain Dealer, July 7, 2019
- Right of First Refusal Splits Court of Appeals, Odendahl, M., The Indiana Lawyer, May 30, 2017
- Humvee Maker Wins $277M, Stafford, D., The Indiana Lawyer, April 23, 2013
- Record Established that RV Buyer Gave Manufacturer an Opportunity to Cure, Kelley Drye, Dec. 22, 2011
- In Our Opinion: Loan Lawsuit; Stevensville is on Weak Footing in 1st Source Dispute, Editors, Herald-Palladium, Sept. 22, 2011
- 1st Source Steps up Pressure on Village Council, Ast, W., Herald-Palladium, Sept. 14, 2011