Attorney Profile

Professional Overview

After graduating law school in Boston and interning for a 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, intellectual property and employment law. 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 software startup. Now running his own firm, he concentrates on real estate matters and maintains a business law practice related to startups.

Experience

Paul has successfully represented real estate clients in jury and bench trials, arbitration, mediation, and litigation, whether resolved by settlement or motion.  He has defended or prosecuted misrepresentation and nondisclosure claims related to easements, encroachments, construction defects, HOA issues, noise, shared maintenance obligations, repairs, improvements, water leaks, permit and code issues, past lawsuits, structural conditions and soil issues.  He has also represented buyers, sellers or developers in real estate matters arising from purchase and sale transactions of commercial and multi-unit residential income properties.

From 2012 to 2015, he represented clients in four trials regarding real estate matters, 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 buyers’ negligent misrepresentation claim against sellers in residential sale.
  • Defending sellers against most of buyers’ construction defect claims in a multi-unit residential sale.
  • Proving HOA members’ entitlement to relief under CC&R’s 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 following important depositions after it became necessary to demonstrate strength of client’s case by examining adverse witness and presenting client witness at depositions.

His real estate experience also includes representing homeowners in neighbor disputes related to property lines, fences, gate and alley access issues, views, trees, easements, encroachments and construction projects.  Paul has also represented HOA members in disputes about noise, repairs, maintenance, common areas, use and other issues related to CC&R’s and house rules. He has defended real estate brokers and agents in court actions against claims alleging breach of fiduciary duty, nondisclosure, professional 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.

Paul gained his business law experience by serving as in-house counsel for a software startup developing products for OEM’s, including software and services for audio/video receivers, digital TV receivers and DVD players. He counseled the executive team on intellectual property agreements and developed standards for IP agreements related to software licensing, development, consulting and professional services. As outside counsel, he has litigated claims related to trade secrets, employee mobility and compensation, breach of contract, commercial law and shareholder rights, including entity control, freeze out and fiduciary duties.

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, 2008 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.

Testimonials

From a buyer:

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!”

Practice Areas

Real Estate Litigation

  • Buyer & Seller Litigation
  • Neighbor & HOA Disputes
  • Broker Defense & BRE Proceedings
  • Construction Defect Claims

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Real Estate Transaction & Counseling Services

  • Buyer and Seller Transactions
  • Seller Disclosures & Buyer Investigations
  • Resolving Neighbor Issues and HOA Issues
  • Broker Risk Management and BRE Compliance Issues

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Business Law

  • Intellectual Property Rights & Agreements
  • Employee and Shareholder Matters
  • Contracts, Commercial Law & Compliance

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