Richard A. Paul

Attorney in San Diego, CA
Rich Paul has been a fixture among California management employment lawyers for over 30 years, with a special emphasis on representing research and institutions of higher education, as well as community impact and other complex organizations, in transactions and litigation. After graduating from Stanford Law School, Rich joined the Gray Cary firm, and became a partner and Chair of that firm's Employment Law Group. In 1998 Rich co-founded his own firm, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton, to continue focusing on private and public sector employment law issues for California employers and matters affecting high tech, research, higher education and arts and other community organizations. Mr. Paul is a frequent lecturer on California and national employment law panels, having been an invited presenter in Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and other venues. He has served as an adjunct Professor of Employment Law at USD Law School for many years, and has been a regular lecturer at UCSD and a visiting lecturer at other law schools. He has served on a variety of Boards, including the Editorial Review Board for the California Employment Law Letters, and is past Chairman of the Board of The San Diego Blood Bank.

Mr. Paul has been named annually by his peers since 1987 as among "The Best Lawyers in America." He has also been ranked among the "Best Lawyers in San Diego" (San Diego Magazine), "Best Employment Lawyers in San Diego" (San Diego Daily Transcript), "San Diego Super Lawyers" (New York Times Supplement), "Best Labor and Employment Counsel in California" (Corporate Counsel Magazine), "Southern California Super Lawyers" (L.A. Times) and similar publications. In 2010 he was invited to become a Fellow in the prestigious national College of Employment and Labor Lawyers, and in October, 2010 was named as the single "Best Labor and Employment" lawyer in San Diego by the Best Lawyers' publication.

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Areas of Law

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Affirmative Action
  • Age Discrimination in Employment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Civil Service
  • Child Labor Law
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employee Drug Testing
  • Employee Leasing
  • Employee Privacy
  • Employee Rights
  • Employer Intentional Torts
  • Employer Liability
  • Employer Rights
  • Employment Arbitration
  • Employment at Will
  • Employment Breach of Contract
  • Employment Civil Rights
  • Employment Claims
  • Employment Disability Discrimination
  • Employment Defense
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Class Actions
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance
  • Employment Rights
  • Employment Termination
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Employment Mediation
  • Executive Employment Law
  • Executive Severance Contracts
  • Executive Transfers
  • Fair Employment Practices
  • Fair Labor Standards
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Federal Employment Law
  • Harassment
  • Human Resources Law
  • International Employment Contracts
  • Labor Antitrust
  • Labor Arbitration
  • Labor Law
  • Labor Legislation
  • Labor Relations
  • Labor Strikes
  • Management Employment Law
  • Management Labor Law
  • Minimum Wage Law
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Noncompete Litigation
  • Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation
  • Agreements
  • Outsourcing
  • Personnel Policies
  • Personnel Training
  • Prevailing Wage Litigation
  • Public Sector Collective Bargaining
  • Public Sector Employment Law
  • Public Sector Labor Relations
  • Reductions in Force
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Security Clearances
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Title VII Discrimination
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Union Contract Negotiations
  • Union Elections
  • Union Labor Law
  • Union Organization
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Wage and Hour Law
  • WARN Act
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Workplace Violence
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wrongful Termination Defense


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1973, California
U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court

Law School Attended

Stanford University
Class of 1973

University Attended

Valparaiso University
Class of 1970

Birth Information

Born in 1948
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 23, 1948

Associations & Memberships

State Bar of California; San Diego Bar Association.

Bar Fellowship

in the prestigious national College of Employment and Labor Lawyers, and in October, 2010 was named as the single "Best Labor and Employment" lawyer in San Diego by the Best Lawyers' publication.

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(619) 615-0700


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Richard A. Paul
 101 West Broadway, Ninth Floor,
San Diego, CA 92101


Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP (San Diego, California)

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