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Paul Trahan


Paul  Trahan


T:+1 512 536 5288

As a partner in the Austin office, Paul Trahan's litigation practice is focused on complex commercial matters in a variety of industries, including technology, real estate, construction, banking, motor vehicle, health care, mining and retail.

Paul has significant jury trial, bench trial and arbitration experience. He has represented corporate clients across the country, handling all aspects of pretrial and trial work. Paul attempts to bring common sense and creativity to the table along with his passion for the courtroom.

Prior to attending law school, Paul was an energy and middle market banker in Houston, Texas.

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  • Education

    1997 - J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
    1988 - M.B.A., Finance concentration, The University of Texas
    1985 - B.A., cum laude, English major, Texas A&M University

    While in law school, Paul served as a law clerk, served on the Board of Texas Law Fellowships and was active in trial advocacy competitions.

  • Representative experience
    • Take nothing judgment for a hospital holding company following a jury trial and appeal to the Texas Supreme Court
    • Take nothing judgment for a motor vehicle manufacturer following a jury trial
    • Favorable plaintiff's verdict for a Mexican transport company against a multi-national company, including findings of fraud and breach of contract
    • Summary Judgment in favor of a lottery services provider against a former consultant, successfully disposing of the entire case
    • Summary Judgment in favor of a city in a death case, successfully disposing of the entire case
    • Injunction preventing disclosure of proprietary commercial information under the Public Information Act in response to a competitor's request
    • Injunction preventing disclosure of personal information under the Public Information Act in response to media requests
    • Favorable ruling in Bankruptcy Court following trial of a dispute over an aircraft
    • Transfer of venue in a class action lawsuit, resulting in plaintiff's dismissal of the entire case
    • Appointment and successful representation of a receiver in managing and liquidating an internet banking company
    • Successful defense of a court reporting company before its governing state agency
    • Injunctions and appointment of receivers in various pre-foreclosure proceedings, including appointment of federal court receiver regarding properties in multiple states
    • Successful representations of a pipeline company and transmission company in condemnation proceedings
    • Dismissal of a foreign defendant for lack of jurisdiction in a commercial dispute
  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2012 - 2017
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Civil litigation: defense, Thomson Reuters, 2014 - 2016
    • Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 200 - 2005, 2007
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Arbitration:  If & When It Makes Your Client's Life Easier," Advanced Real Estate Law Course, Texas Bar Association "Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Arbitration," Litigation School – Arbitration & Mediation Presentation Take-Aways
    • "Civil Trial & Post-Trial Practice," Federal Practice Seminar, Federal Bar Association – Austin Chapter  
    • "Defensive Pleadings," UT School of Law Class Lesson  
    • "Practical Considerations for Voir Dire: Focusing on What Matters", 14th Annual Texas Aggie Bar Association Conference  
    • "Performance Bonds, Construction Lien Law Seminar," Lorman Education Services  
    • "An Update and Refresher on Constructing and Proving Damages," 34th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation, The University of Texas School of Law  
    • "Injunctions & Extraordinary Remedies," 25th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, Texas Bar Association  
    • "Punitive Damages, Procedure and Strategy,"  Handling Insurance and Tort Claims, University of Houston Law Foundation
  • Memberships and activities
    • Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Texas Bar Association
    • Texas Bar Foundation (by invitation, <1% of Texas attorneys)
    • Austin Bar Association
    • Volunteer Legal Services, Board of Directors
    • Leadership Austin, Board of Directors
    • Eagles Wings Retreat Center, Board of Directors
    • University of Texas Law Diversity Mentoring Program
    • University of Texas School of Law Austin Alumni Steering Committee
    • Eanes Education Foundation, past President and Board Member