Gary M. Paul

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  • Partner at Waters Kraus & Paul (34 Attorneys)
  • 222 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 1900, El Segundo, CA 90245
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Gary Paul is a partner at Waters Kraus & Paul in the firm’s West Coast practice. Gary brings a distinguished legal portfolio to the firm, including more than four decades as a trial lawyer in complex civil matters such as consumer and medical product liability, medical and professional malpractice, commercial and insurance litigation, and employment and labor law. After earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Arizona State University and a master’s in engineering from UCLA, Gary worked as a space and missile engineer for a decade before deciding to pursue a career in law. Gary earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1974, and was admitted to practice by the State Bar of California the same year. A respected author, Gary has written numerous articles for legal journals. He is co-author of the California Tort Practice Guide, a five-volume law treatise published by Clark Boardman Callaghan. He is also a frequent speaker at legal symposia and continuing legal education seminars.

Gary has achieved the rank of Diplomate with the American Board of Trial Advocates, a position reached once an attorney has tried 100 jury trials. Gary was presented with the Leonard Ring Champion of Justice Award in July 2016 and the Harry M. Philo Award in 2014 by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), and he served as president of the AAJ from 2011 to 2012. He has also served as president of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and remains active on the Board of Governors of all three organizations. In 2006, he was president of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a think tank of accomplished trial attorneys working to strengthen the practice of trial law through educational programs, publications and research grants. He has been recognized multiple times by the CAALA and CAOC for outstanding service to the legal profession and his community, including an election to the CAALA Hall of Fame and an unprecedented second award as CAALA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2008. In 2012, Gary’s Law School presented him with The Loyola Law School Champion of Justice Award. Gary has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America magazine for his work on behalf of plaintiffs in Personal Injury Litigation. This is his second year in a row to be selected. Gary has also appeared on the Thomson Reuters Southern California Super Lawyers list for 15 consecutive years, from 2005 to 2019. Gary is a member of the State Bar of California, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, AAJ, CAALA and CAOC. He is a native of Springfield, Ohio.


•2019 SoCal Super Lawyer: Gary Paul Reaches 15-Year Milestone
• 8.45M Mesothelioma Verdict for Career Pipefitter in Calif.
•Gary Paul Named on 2018 Southern California Supers Lawyers List
•Gary Paul Named on 2017 The Best Lawyers in America List
•Mesothelioma Victim Receives 7.55M Verdict
•Gary Paul Receives Distinguished Service Award
•Southern California Super Lawyers 2017
•Whistleblower Claims Lead to 30M Settlement for CDI
•Waters Kraus & Paul Partner Wins Leonard Ring Award
•2016 Southern California Super Lawyers
•Forty-Year-Old English Professor Receives 27.5 Million Asbestos Award
•Waters Kraus & Paul Partner Wins Harry Philo Award
•Southern California Super Lawyers 2013
•Waters Kraus & Paul Partner Takes Office as President of World’s Largest Trial Bar
•California Insurance Commissioner to Pursue Healthcare Fraud Case
•American Association for Justice Announces Waters Kraus & Paul Partner as President-Elect
•The National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts of 2009: Waters Kraus & Paul Asbestos Verdict #98
•Asbestos Claimants are ‘Truly Sick’ and Deserve Day in Court - Daily Journal
•WKP Partner Gary M. Paul Elected VP of American Association for Justice (AAJ)
•U.S. Navy Machinist’s Mate Awarded 12.0M in 1960s Asbestos-Exposure Case
•2009 Southern California Super Lawyers (pdf)
•Gary Paul Talks to Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) About Asbestos Naval Case - video

Honors & Awards

•Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America, 2017, 2019
•Selected for recognition on the Best Lawyers in America list, produced and published by Best Lawyers, 2018, 2019
•Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice, 2017
•Recipient, Leonard Ring Champion of Justice Award, American Association for Justice, 2016
•Recipient, Harry M. Philo Award, American Association for Justice, 2014
•AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell Featured Peer Review Rated Lawyer
•Selected for recognition on the “Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers” list, produced by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and published by ALM Media Properties, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
•Selected for inclusion on Southern California Super Lawyers list, published by Thomson Reuters, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
•Recipient, Champion of Justice Award, Loyola Law School, 2012
•Recipient, Marvin Lewis Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2008
•Finalist, Attorney of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2008
•Recipient, Hall of Fame, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2008
•Recipient, Ted Horn Memorial Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2000
•Recipient, Edward I. Pollock Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of California, 1996
•Recipient, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1981, 2008
•Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society
•St. Thomas More Law Honor Society

Gary M. Paul Rated by Super Lawyers


Areas of Practice (10)

  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Birth Defects Litigation
  • Commercial & Insurance
  • Employment
  • Medical Device Litigation
  • Medical & Professional Malpractice
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Product Liability
  • Qui Tam
  • Toxic Tort

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
310.414.8146  Phone
310.414.8156  Fax
University Attended:
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, B.S.E.E., 1965; University of California at Los Angeles, California, M.S.E., 1969
Law School Attended:
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, J.D., 1974
Year of First Admission:
1974, California

Professional Associations & Memberships

•State Bar of California
•International Academy of Trial Lawyers
•American Association for Justice
•Board of Governors, 2001-present
•Executive Committee 2005-2006, 2012, 2014-2016
•Parliamentarian, 2006
•Treasurer, 2007
•Secretary, 2008
•Vice President, 2009
•President-Elect, 2010
•President, 2011
•Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
•Board of Governors, 1977-1979
•Treasurer, 1980
•Secretary, 1981
•Vice President, 1981-1983
•President, 1985
•Hall of Fame, 2008
•Consumer Attorneys of California
•Board of Governors, 1979, 1981-1983
•Vice President, 1987-1988, 1989-1991
•President-Elect, 1992
•President, 1993
•American Board of Trial Advocates
•Pound Civil Justice Institute
•President, 2006

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