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Paul was born in Milwaukee, WI and grew up on the south side of Milwaukee. Paul has five brothers and was raised by a single mom. Growing up on the south side of Milwaukee, Paul attended the local Catholic grade school and worked his way through school by working at gas stations, having a paper route and doing whatever he could to raise money to pay for tuition and books. Paul attended Pius XI high school and, once again, worked to pay all costs of his education, as did his five brothers.
Upon graduating from high school, Paul took a year off and worked in a foundry on the south side, only to discover that education was less strenuous (and not as hot!). He then enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in social welfare/criminal justice. Upon graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in three years, Paul attended Pepperdine University School of Law located in beautiful Malibu, CA. Paul was in the top of his class at Pepperdine and was placed on the Dean's List. However, longing to return to his roots, Paul returned to Wisconsin and completed his law studies at Marquette University School of Law, graduating in 1981.
Upon graduation, Paul worked as a legislative aide and then legal counsel and Executive Assistant to then State Senator Susan Engeleiter. While working in the State Senate, Paul handled legislative matters, policy issues and also campaign finance matters for the Republican Senate Campaign Committee. In 1983, Paul joined the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney and was later appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson as the District Attorney for Waukesha County in 1988. At the time, Paul was the youngest District Attorney in the State. Paul remained the District Attorney of Waukesha County for a record term of almost ten terms, just under 20 years.
Paul was elected twice as President of the State Wide District Attorneys Association and served on dozens of state wide task forces on violent crimes. Paul litigated the most high profile and complicated cases in the State of Wisconsin and has litigated thousands of cases. Paul directed or personally handled dozens of homicides, hundreds of drunk driving offenses and thousands of serious drug cases.
In 2005 Paul announced his candidacy for the Attorney General of the State of Wisconsin and began a two year campaign. Paul left the District Attorney's Office in January, 2007. Paul's practice is comprised of complex litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, government law, open records/open meetings, campaign finance and election law and victim's rights. Paul is also a court commissioner for Judge Loyd Carter, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge.
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Wisconsin, 1981
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1981
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Honors: Dean's List
- Major: Social Welfare/Criminal Justice
Honors and Awards
- Recipient, United States Department of Justice Community Service Award
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- Waukesha County Bar Association
- Federal Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
- WCTC and Carroll University, Instructor
Past Employment Positions
- Waukesha County District Attorney, District Attorney (District Attorney 1988 - 2007), 1983 - 2007
- State Senate of Wisconsin, Executive Assistant, 1981 - 1983
- Wisconsin Department of Justice, Past Instructor