Continuing more than 20 years as a trial attorney focusing on labor and employment cases, Paul has established a national practice representing clients in the financial services and hospitality industries. He has tried cases, litigated and counseled clients in more than 25 states, the District of Columbia and the United Kingdom.
Paul built his practice winning jury trials of delicate harassment and discrimination cases. He continues that work and also represents management clients in class and collective actions, complex employment lawsuits and arbitration proceedings. His extensive employment litigation career includes:
•Serving as first chair in numerous employment discrimination jury trials in state and federal courts, all of which returned verdicts in favor of his clients.
Handling Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class/collective action matter involving employee misclassifications, off-the-clock work, and donning and doffing.
Obtaining summary judgments for the defense in sexual harassment, age, gender and disability cases.
He also has represented employers in arbitrations before American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) panels.
Paul is a frequent speaker, trainer and author for business and professional organizations regarding employment obligations and management strategies.
Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Employment Law-Management, 2013-2014
•Chambers USA, Labor & Employment Law, 2013-2014
•Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2002
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006-2012
St. Peter's School, Athletic Director/Chair of Athletic Committee
Defended a highly contested gender/race discrimination case in Hawaii, obtaining summary judgment on two-thirds of the plaintiff's claims and then settling before trial.
•Defended national restaurant chains, hotels and casinos across the country and worked with executive management to develop training and litigation strategies to reduce liability risk in high-turnover industries.
•Defended a class action lawsuit in which claimants challenged the employment applications used by 102 different employer defendants. Plaintiffs alleged that a question regarding the applicant's criminal history resulted in the disclosure of marijuana convictions more than two years old, therefore violating California law.
•Obtained a rare complete-summary judgment in a Missouri state court lawsuit (Davis v. Mediacom and Art Samuel) in which the plaintiff alleged age discrimination and retaliation under the Missouri Human Rights Act.
•Handled a case involving claims of race, age and national-origin discrimination, as well as retaliation and public policy wrongful discharge. The plaintiff claimed that he was fired for refusing to approve nonconforming materials to be used in nuclear weapons. Court granted motion for summary judgment on all four counts based upon admissions obtained in the deposition of plaintiff.
•Defended a complaint filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that client retaliated against the complainant in violating the whistleblower-protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In addition to mounting a substantive defense, aggressively pursued dismissal based on jurisdiction. After extensive discovery and briefing, the administrative law judge dismissed the matter for lack of jurisdiction. Decision upheld on appeal to U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board.
5.01.14 Regulating Marijuana and E-Cigarettes in the Hospitality Industry, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorney's (AHIA) conference
4.01.14 The Most Common Wage Mistakes That Employers Make, Thinking Bigger Business Article
1.27.14 How to Avoid Harassment Claims, Hotel News Now Real Estate, Development & Construction Article
10.02.13 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO
9.01.13 DOMA Raises Questions about Workers' Benefits, Thinking Bigger Business Article
6.01.13 Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace, Thinking Bigger Business Article
5.16.13 Navigating ADA Guidelines, HotelNewsNow.com Real Estate, Development & Construction Article
12.01.12 Avoiding Family and Medical Leave Traps, Thinking Bigger Business Article
9.27.12 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO
9.01.12 To Document or Not to Document, Thinking Bigger Business Article
In The News
5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
Energy & Natural Resources Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
12.27.13 Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys Names Husch Blackwell's Paul Pautler to Board of Directors
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars
10.13.10 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2010 Names 64 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; An Additional 20 Listed as Rising Stars
10.22.09 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2009 Names 73 Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys