Attorney Profile

Professional Overview

After graduating law school in Boston and interning for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya, Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Paul moved to San Francisco and practiced at well-regarded litigation firms. His practice areas included real property, complex business, commercial law and personal injury matters. Prior to starting his firm in 2015, he worked as a principal at a real estate law firm and as in-house counsel at a startup. Now running his own firm, he concentrates on real estate matters and provides general counsel services to real estate brokers and startups

Experience

Paul has successfully represented real estate clients in jury and bench trials, arbitration, mediation, and litigation, whether resolved by settlement or motion.  From 2012 to 2015, he represented clients in four real estate trials, including:

  • Defending a broker against a condo buyer’s non-disclosure claims in a jury trial where the court granted the broker’s motion for nonsuit after the buyer closed its case in chief.
  • Proving homebuyers’ negligent misrepresentation claim against sellers in residential sale.
  • Defending sellers against most of buyers’ construction defect claims in a multi-unit sale.
  • Proving HOA members’ entitlement to relief under CC&Rs in a two-unit condo dispute.

Paul also develops practical and creative strategies to settle cases. For example, he represented real estate clients to reach the following settlements:

  • Close to seven-figure settlement reached prior to starting depositions for buyer clients alleging construction defects against builder and failure to disclose claims against sellers through mediation efforts by marshaling evidence and sharing expert witness analysis.
  • Reaching settlements for seller clients in pre-litigation mediations through informal, cooperative information exchanges with buyers’ counsel and by critically analyzing the settlement value of cases and persuasively presenting analysis and evidence at mediation.
  • Broker client dismissed from case after showing strength of client’s case by examining adverse witness and presenting client witness at depositions.

Re neighbor and HOA disputes, Paul has represented homeowners in neighbor disputes related to boundary lines, fences, retaining walls, gate and alley access issues, noise and nuisance issues, views, trees, easements, encroachments and construction projects. Paul has also represented HOAs through their boards and members in disputes about alleged CC&R violations, Davis-Stirling issues, noise and nuisance issues, repairs, shared maintenance obligations, short-term rentals, parking, common areas, use and other issues related to CC&Rs and house rules.

Re buyer and seller disputes, Paul has defended or prosecuted misrepresentation and nondisclosure claims related to easements, encroachments, construction defects, HOA issues, neighbor or nuisance issues, water leaks, repairs, permit and code issues, past lawsuits, structural conditions and soil issues. He also has represented buyers, sellers and developers in cases arising from purchase and sale transactions of commercial and multi-unit residential income properties.

Re broker defense matters, he has defended real estate brokers and agents in court actions against claims alleging breach of fiduciary duty, nondisclosure, negligence and misrepresentation. And, he has represented brokers and property managers in administrative proceedings, including BRE inquiries, accusations and audits, HUD & DFEH investigations and EEOC wage-claim hearings.

Education

Doctor of Jurisprudence (Cum Laude)| Boston University School of Law, 1996
First-year Student – (ranked first in class) | New England School of Law, 1993-1994
Bachelor of Science – Marketing & Management | Northeastern University, 1989

Bar Memberships

  • Admitted to the State Bars of California and Massachusetts
  • Federal District Courts in California and Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Associations & Community Involvement

  • California Association of REALTORS® Legal Affairs Forum, 2015 to present
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Real Estate Panel, 2014 to present
  • Italian American Bar Association of Northern California, 2011 to present
  • Legal Services for Children, Pro Bono Panel, 2003 to 2010
  • Child’s Advocacy Award, Legal Services for Children, 2010
  • South End Rowing Club, 2009 to present
  • Listen to Paul’s interview on KQED’s My Spot: Braving the Icy Waters of San Francisco Bay by Greta Mart.

Photo Greta Mart/KQED.

Writing & Teaching Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer – Introduction to Real Estate, Menlo College, October 2016.

Training Presentations for real estate brokers and agents:

  • Defending and Avoiding Buyer Nondisclosure and Misrepresentation Claims in Real Estate Transactions at Intero Real Estate Services in October 2016.
  • Real Property Sales: Probate, Conservatorships & Trusts at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty in November 2015.

Practice Areas

Real Estate

  • Neighbor Problems & Disputes
  • Buyer & Seller Litigation
  • HOA & Member Disputes

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Litigation Real Estate Matters

  • Business & Contract Disputes
  • Personal Injury Claims, Consultations & Referrals

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General Counsel Services

  • Real Estate Broker Practice
  • Business & Contract Disputes
  • Pre-Litigation Claims & Compliance Issues

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Testimonials

Paul has great instincts, and executes them well. After bringing him into a months-long real estate-related liability negotiation, Paul quickly assessed the situation and provided a new approach. To our surprise, we were able to quickly resolve the conflict completely in our favor!”

–  From a buyer

Paul reviewed a lease of a potential office for my company and saved us from a nightmare situation. The lease was 20+ pages and I didn’t have time to read it. With just a few hours of work, Paul was able to point out some major issues with the lease. He didn’t tell us no, he presented us with facts which I found super helpful.

– Andrew Munday, Startup Founder

534 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-781-0260
415-276-4529
paul@ppdlaw.com
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