Paul Battan received a B.A. in 1977 from the University of Arizona with a major in English Literature. Following graduation, he studied Linguistics at the University of Arizona prior to attending law school. He graduated from the Seattle University School of Law (then the University of Puget Sound) in 1983. He has practiced law in private practice in Thurston County, Washington since that date focusing on family law. In addition to his work as a legal counselor and advocate, he has worked as a mediator and arbitrator.
He has served on the board of the Thurston County Bar Association, as family law section chair, and as the association's president. He has served on the family law section board and the inter-professional relations committee of the Washington State Bar Association. For three years he served as Thurston County court commissioner for mental illness commitment hearings and he serves periodically as a pro tem judge and court commissioner in the Thurston County Superior Court. He is a contributing author to the Washington State Bar Association's Family Law Deskbook.
Paul received the Thurston County Bar Association's Daniel Bigelow Lawyer of the Year Award in 1997. In 2000 he received the Boss of the Year Award from the Thurston County chapter of NALS, the association for legal support professionals. Paul was recognized as the Volunteer Lawyer of the Year for 2001 by the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Clinic.
He has received a rating of "AV" from Martindale-Hubbell'. The Martindale-Hubbell' AV rating indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar. In 2007 he was named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics Magazine.