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 matters, defense of white-collar investigations, and litigation 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