Throughout his legal career, Paul has concentrated on construction, development, contract and business law. He also frequently handles corporate formations, shareholder and employment disputes, creditor bankruptcy claims and defenses. These include bankruptcy litigation, adversarial proceedings, preference claims, collection matters, administrative and regulatory agency representation relating to licensing, fraudulent conveyance actions, non-competition, trademark and zoning cases.
He represents a varied client base including developers, general contractors, suppliers, subcontractors, lending institutions, title companies, mortgage companies, engineers, and architects. He has litigated more than a thousand cases, many through trial and/or arbitration, and several through the appellate process.
Prior to HSLC, Paul was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Sheridan Management Services, Inc., a group of commercial subcontracting companies located in Manhattan, New York. In addition to his commercial construction experience, Paul was the Managing Member and Chief Operating Officer of Sonoran Insights, LLC, a residential development and construction company in Southeastern Arizona. Under his guidance, the company increased annual sales to $26 million in three years and he oversaw the development of land and building of custom homes and single-family dwellings.
Paul has been named a Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite Attorney on several occasions. He also served on the North Carolina Bar Association Construction Section’s Committee on Lien Law Revision, which proposed substantive legislative rewriting of North Carolina’s mechanic lien statute, General Statute § 44A, marking the first substantial changes to the lien laws since the 1960’s. The proposed revisions addressed the hidden, or inchoate, lien issue, overruled recent bankruptcy judicial decisions interpreting the statute, provided notice to general contractors and owners of lower-tier subcontractors and supplies on projects to ensure better communication and the payment of all tiers prior to resorting to liens and litigation.
Paul is the proud father of three boys and a girl. The kids keep him busy on weekends playing ice hockey and moto-crossing.
Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Juris Doctor – 1992
American University, Washington, D.C. Semester / Justice Honors Program – 1987
Bethany College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Management / Minor in History – 1987
United States District Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Harrison Place Homeowner’s Association Board Member and Architectural Committee
2012-2013 Revisions to the North Carolina Lien Law/Bond Law , Drafting Committee Appointee
Construction Law Section of the North Bar Association, Member, Construction Law Council, Lien Law Committee, Chair of the Pro-Bono and Service Project.
American Bar Association, Member
Wake County Bar Association, Member
Panelist and Speaker, North Carolina Bar Association Summit on Mechanic’s Lien Law Changes
National Association of Credit Managers, Lien Waivers, Mechanic’s Liens, Joint Check Agreements, and Credit Applications
Carolina Recycling Association Annual Conference and Southeastern Green Building Conference, Featured Speaker – Municipal Contracting
Leadership Raleigh Graduate, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Business North Carolina “Legal Elite” for Construction Law