A significant amount of Paul's practice is concentrated in the area of civil rights litigation. He defends police officers, public officials, corrections officers and administrators, teachers and school district administrators, children and youth case workers, as well as their respective municipal entities, in state and federal court in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. These areas of practice include representing clients before inquest and grand jury proceedings and before administrative proceedings.
Paul has been utilized to perform audits of municipal departments, such as police departments and 911 call centers, and has conducted internal investigations. He has also provided consultation to numerous municipalities regarding the operational aspects of their police departments. His nearly 22 years of experience in law enforcement provide him with a unique perspective, particularly in the numerous matters he has litigated involving the use of Tasers.
Additionally, Paul has litigated a wide array of professional liability and product liability cases in West Virginia, including the defense of real estate agents, insurance brokers, logging cases, correctional facilities and civil rights matters. Among his West Virginia cases was the defense of Weirton Steel Corporation and Wheeling Downs and the City of Huntington. Paul has also represented a number of private and public employers in employment matters.
Paul was designated as lead defense counsel for all suits arising out of the Pittsburgh “G-20.” In this role he successfully completed training provided by the Department of Homeland Security in both the Basic and Command courses in Managing Civil Actions and Threat Incidents (MCATI).
In 2015, Paul was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to assist in developing a policy and training program on the use of Body Worn Cameras (BWC). As a member of the BWC Committee, Paul provides recommendations to members of the Pennsylvania legislature in drafting legislation to govern the use of BWCs by police officers.
In 1979 Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University. For nearly 12 years before attending the Duquesne University School of Law, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul was a police officer. He served in Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania, and then in the cities of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, Florida. He served as a uniform police officer and field training officer, became certified as a crime scene analyst, and was part of the Major Crimes Unit. Paul was recognized as an expert in crime scene reconstruction and the science of fingerprints in both state and federal courts in Florida.
•Hot Topics for Local Law Enforcement, Washington County Chiefs of Police Association, May 2015
•Beyond Asking Questions at a Deposition, November 2014
•Challenging 8553 - Tort Claims Act Damages Cap and Damages Recoverable Under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, September 2013
•Employment Liability in the Cyber Age, Marshall Dennehey / AIG Employment Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2, 2013
•Leadership Course for Law Enforcement Executives, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, December 2011
•Reasonable Expectation of Privacy, the Danger in Enforcing the Wiretap Act, Police Departments from Beaver, Allegheny and Butler Counties, August 2011
•Liability Issues for Municipalities Hosting National Events: Including the Development of Security Plans, Training and Equipping Police Officers, and Executing Law Enforcement and Security Functions During These Complex Events, City of Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2010
•Exposure in Education Cases Related to Due Process and Bullying, Client Seminar, August 2010
•Assisted the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission, Pennsylvania State Police - preparation and training to training officers (2006, 2008)
•Constitutional Litigation in the Current Political Climate, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, June 2008
•Section 1983 Civil Rights, Continuing Legal Education, Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Law Enforcement Issues and Liability, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors & Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, October 2008
•Implications of Scott v. Harris on Police Pursuits and Beyond, Lorman Education Services
•Development of a Critical Incident Protocol - City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh Law Department, various Chiefs of Police Organizations
•Effective Law Enforcement Through Police Accountability - City of Pittsburgh and various municipal law enforcement agencies
•Police Rights and Liabilities - Various Chiefs of Police Organizations
•Police Accountability - Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors and various police departments
•Effective Witness Preparation - Continuing Legal Education for in-house lawyer training
•Terrorism and An Analysis of the Events of 9/11 - American Inns of Court and University of Pittsburgh
•Workplace Violence - Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh
•Disability of Deriliction? - Claims Management Advisory Board Seminar for a major municipal insurance carrier
•Litigating an Uninsured Auto Case in West Virginia - Maryland Auto Insurance Fund
•Civil / Criminal Forfeiture and RICO - University of Pittsburgh
•Police and Drug Enforcement - University of Pittsburgh
•Immigration and Law Enforcement - University of Pittsburgh
•Crime Scene Investigation - University of Pittsburgh and various law enforcement agencies
•Property Crimes - University of Pittsburgh
•Organized Crime; Asian and African American - University of Pittsburgh
•Organized Crime; Russia - University of Pittsburgh
•Community Consideration of Policing Immigrant Populations - University of Pittsburgh
•Probation and Parole - St. Vincent College
•Crime Prevention and Property Crimes - St. Vincent College
•Introduction to Criminology - Beaver County Community College
•Certified I.A.I. Crime Scene Analyst
•Florida State Certified Police Field Training Officer
• Close Judicial Scrutiny of Qualified Immunity And Municipal Liability In An Excess Use-Of-Force Death Case, Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 4, December 2012
• Palsfraf Revisited - Brisbine v. Outside Inn School of Experiential Education, Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2002 and Lawyer's Journal, Vol. 5 No. 3, February 7, 2003
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Scott Dunlop and Paul Krepps (Pittsburgh, PA) and Christopher Boyle (King of Prussia, PA) presented a Leadership Course for Law Enforcement Executives
January 12, 2012
Scott Dunlop and Paul Krepps (Pittsburgh, PA) and Christopher Boyle (King of Prussia, PA) presented a Leadership Course for Law Enforcement Executives in Monroeville, PA and in Hatboro, PA for the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. The statewide program calls together Police Chiefs from...
Employment Liability in the Cyber Age
Seminar • May 2, 2013
Join us for this unique presentation on cutting edge employment issues. The seminar will feature a mock trial Social Media on Trial - How Social Media Affects Employers and a panel discussion Cyber Data Breach - The Latest...