Advocate for environmental stewardship, the arts, and progressive causes
Paul concentrates his practice in the areas of climate change, water, and representation of artists. A member of the New Mexico and Colorado bars, his experience and expertise span complex civil trials and appeals, election law, environmental and water law, and public policy advocacy.
A seasoned advocate
Paul spent 38 years as a civil trial lawyer and was a founding partner of Denver-based Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, the largest civil trial and appellate practice in the Rocky Mountain region. Named Denver Lawyer of the Year in 2010, he served as lead trial counsel in federal and state courts and arbitrations across the US, trying commercial cases involving products liability, banking and bankruptcy, real estate, environmental issues, and intellectual property.
A progressive leader
In 2006, Paul established Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell's pro bono practice. Among his pro bono victories was Conroy v. Dennis, a successful challenge to the use of unsecure and unreliable DRE electronic voting machines. The decision affected voting law nationwide, leading to Colorado’s legislative phase-out of DRE electronic voting machines and serving as a model for other states.
In 2013, Paul served as counsel for the Santa Fe Charter Review Commission. The following year he led a successful campaign to reform the City Charter, which won 58 percent of the vote and resulted in much-needed reform of Santa Fe's city governance. In 2017 Paul was appointed as Chair of the Independent Salary Commission created by the City Charter to set the full-time mayor’s salary.
A catalyst for change
Since relocating to Santa Fe in 2012, Paul has become involved in several major environmental cases. He wrote an Amicus Curiae Brief on Climate Change on behalf of the City of Santa Fe and 37 nonprofit organizations from around the country in the New Mexico Supreme Court. He is co-counsel with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, representing more than 50 homeowners contesting a groundwater application by a Nevada-based water speculator in a major groundwater appropriation case.
An advocate for the arts
A lover of the arts and advocate for creative artists and arts institutions, Paul is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Santa Fe's Center for Contemporary Arts. Paul also represents a number of international artists including Ricardo Mazal, Laura Anderson Barbata, Erika Blumenfeld, Raphaelle Goethals, and the Estate of Dale Chisman.