- University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
- Princeton University (M.A. 1999)
- Amherst College (A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994)
- Third Circuit Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the area of First Amendment, Media, & Advertising Law
- Named to the 2010 Pro Bono Roll of Honor in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
- Is It Truthful? Then the Media Has a Right to Publish It, Pennsylvania Law Weekly (Feb. 2, 2017)
- The First Amendment, The Courts, and “Picking Winners,” 87 University of Washington Law Review 397 (2012) (with Judge Thomas L. Ambro, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)
- Judicial Approaches to Expectations of Privacy in E-Mail, 3 Bloomberg Law Reports 10 (2010)
Paul’s practice focuses on representing news, entertainment, and other media clients in defamation and privacy suits, as well as litigating and advising media clients on copyright and trademark matters.
Paul began his legal career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. While in law school, he interned for the Honorable Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining LSKS, Paul was a litigation associate with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, where he was a member of the firm’s appellate and financial services practice groups.
Before law school, Paul studied political science at Princeton University and was a lecturer at Princeton University, Swarthmore College, and Temple University. He also wrote opinion columns for The American Prospect and the Willamette Week.
Fine v. ESPN (N.D.N.Y. 2016). Paul and his LSKS colleagues successfully defended ESPN and its journalists against a defamation lawsuit brought by the wife of a prominent assistant basketball coach. The lawsuit challenged a broadcast reporting on sexual abuse allegations by a former ball boy against the coach. The coach’s wife alleged that the broadcast implied she was aware of the abuse and failed to intervene. Granting ESPN’s motion for summary judgment, the court held that the plaintiff was a limited purpose public figure and that the defendants “conducted a painstakingly thorough investigation” and did not doubt the accuracy of their reporting.
Chau v. Lewis, 771 F.3d 118 (2d Cir. 2014). Paul was part of a team that successfully defended hedge-fund manager Steven Eisman, both at the trial court level and on appeal, in a defamation case arising out of Michael Lewis’s best-selling book on the origins of the 2008 financial crisis, The Big Short, for which Mr. Eisman was a source. The plaintiff claimed he was defamed by a chapter in the book that depicted a conversation between himself and Mr. Eisman. The Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s prior grant of summary judgment, holding that the statements concerning the plaintiff were either constitutionally protected opinion or substantially true.
Gordon v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. (Pa. Super. Ct. 2014). Paul and Mike Berry successfully defended CBS’s television station against a lawsuit brought by a New Jersey church and pastor who claimed they were defamed by a news report describing the arrest of one of the church’s preachers on child molestation charges. After CBS won summary judgment, the ruling was affirmed on appeal.
Office of Governor v. Scolforo, 65 A.3d 1095 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2013). Paul and Gayle Sproul successfully represented the Associated Press in obtaining unredacted copies of the Governor of Pennsylvania’s calendar entries under the Right to Know Law, which the Governor’s office had refused to disclose citing the law’s exception for internal deliberations.
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Bar & Court Admissions
- New Jersey
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Eleventh Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey