Paul is an expert in mediation of trade secret-related disputes. His qualifications and experience include the following:
- Mediation and Arbitration Panelist, American Arbitration Association, 2004-present;
- Mediation and Arbitration Panelist, International Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), 2008-present;
- Mediation and Arbitration Panelist, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s Tech List, which lists highly experienced technology mediators;
- American Intellectual Property Law Association’s List of Mediators and Arbitrators, which lists highly experienced intellectual property mediators;
- Adjunct Professor of Law at the U.S. News No. 1 ranked dispute resolution program in the country, Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution teaching trade secret and technology-related mediation in “Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Intellectual Property Disputes,” 2008-present;
- Former Chair, ADR Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association;
- Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2007-2023;
- Chapter Chair, Licensing Executives Society of the USA and Canada, 2005-present.
Throughout his legal career, Paul has been called upon to handle complex trade secret litigation, often involving prosecuting and defending preliminary injunction proceedings. In 2006, Paul spent over a year working on one of the largest trade secret misappropriation cases in California involving large semiconductor companies in Taiwan and China leading to a preliminary injunction and a favorable settlement. Since 2008, Paul has taught trade secret mediation at the U.S. News No. 1 ranked Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in his course: “Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Intellectual Property Disputes.” Paul has been included in Best Lawyers in America® for Intellectual Property Litigation 2007 through 2019. He is a member of The Sedona Conference’s Trade Secret Working Group, and has served as a Chapter Chair for the Licensing Executives Society for many years. In 2018, Paul presented a program on trade secrets to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s San Diego Chapter.
In 2018, Paul was asked by two AMLAW100 firms to mediate a highly contentious trade secret misappropriation dispute pending in court involving integrated circuit technology with claims exceeding $20 million in damages. Paul was successful in assisting the parties in reaching an amicable settlement, and by 7:00 pm, the parties had signed a binding settlement agreement resulting in dismissal of the court case.