Gary M. Paul

Attorney in El Segundo, CA
Gary Paul is a partner at Waters, Kraus & Paul in the firm's West Coast practice. Gary brings a distinguished legal portfolio to the firm, including more than three decades as a trial lawyer in complex civil matters such as consumer and medical product liability, medical and professional malpractice, commercial and insurance litigation, and employment and labor law. After earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from Arizona State University and a master's in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, Gary worked as a space and missile engineer for a decade before deciding to pursue a career in law. Gary earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1974, and was admitted to practice by the State Bar of California the same year. A respected author, Gary has written numerous articles for legal journals. He is co-author of the California Tort Practice Guide, a five-volume law treatise published by Clark Boardman Callaghan. He also is a frequent speaker at legal symposia and continuing legal education seminars.

Gary was recently presented the Harry M. Philo Award by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), and he served as president of the AAJ from 2011 to 2012. He has also served as president of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and remains active on the Board of Governors of all three organizations. In 2006, he was president of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a think tank of accomplished trial attorneys working to strengthen the practice of trial law through educational programs, publications and research grants. He has been recognized multiple times by the CAALA and CAOC for outstanding service to the legal profession and his community, including an election to the CAALA Hall of Fame and an unprecedented second award as CAALA's Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2008. In 2012, Gary's Law School presented him with The Loyola Law School Champion of Justice Award. Gary has also appeared on the Thomson Reuters Southern California Super Lawyers list for 10 consecutive years, from 2005 to 2014. Gary is a member of the State Bar of California, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, AAJ, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). CAALA and CAOC. He is a native of Springfield, Ohio.

Honors & Awards
•Recipient, Harry M. Philo Award, American Association for Justice, 2014
•AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell Featured Peer Review Rated Lawyer
•Selected for recognition on the Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers list, produced by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and published by ALM Media Properties, 2012, 2013, 2014
•Selected for inclusion on Southern California Super Lawyers list, published by Thomson Reuters, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
•Recipient, Champion of Justice Award, Loyola Law School, 2012
•Recipient, Marvin Lewis Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2008
•Finalist, Attorney of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2008
•Recipient, Hall of Fame, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2008
•Recipient, Ted Horn Memorial Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2000
•Recipient, Edward I. Pollock Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of California, 1996
•Recipient, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1981, 2008
•Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society
•St. Thomas More Law Honor Society

Forty-Year-Old English Professor Receives $27.5 Million Asbestos Award

Southern California Super Lawyers 2013

Waters, Kraus & Paul Partner Takes Office as President of World's Largest Trial Bar

California Insurance Commissioner to Pursue Healthcare Fraud Case

American Association for Justice Announces Waters, Kraus & Paul Partner as President-Elect

The National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts of 2009: Waters, Kraus & Paul Asbestos Verdict #98

Asbestos Claimants are 'Truly Sick' and Deserve Day in Court - Daily Journal

WKP Partner Gary M. Paul Elected VP of American Association for Justice (AAJ)

U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate Awarded $12.0M in 1960s Asbestos-Exposure Case

2009 Southern California Super Lawyers (pdf)

Gary Paul Talks to Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) About Asbestos Naval Case - video

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Areas of Law

  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Commercial & Insurance
  • Employment
  • Medical & Professional Malpractice
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Toxic Tort
  • Qui Tam


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Admitted in 1974, California

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  • Law School Attended

    Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    Class of 1974

    University Attended

    Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    Class of 1965

    University of California at Los Angeles, California
    Class of 1969

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    Professional Associations & Memberships
    •State Bar of California
    •International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    •American Association for Justice
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    Gary M. Paul
     222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 1900,
    El Segundo, CA 90245


    Waters, Kraus & Paul (El Segundo, California)

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