B.S. University of Houston
J.D. South Texas College of Law
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses and waste of time. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln’s words are as good now as they were then. Unfortunately, sometimes litigation is necessary, and when you find yourself in need of a lawyer, you need someone who will take on your fight as though it were his own. That fight must not be an end in itself, but a means towards justice. When Paul ran for District Judge, he had the support of Republicans, Democrats and Independent groups, because they knew his reputation for hard work and his dedication to the law and to justice.
Today, Paul represents a wide array of clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, in all aspects of civil trial and appellate cases, but his practice primarily focuses on business disputes and consumer protection. Before co-founding Simon Herbert & McClelland LLP, in 2006, Paul practiced law at the Texas-based law firm of Winstead Sechrest & Minick in the Houston office of its Litigation/Dispute Resolution and Appellate sections. While there, he worked primarily on complex financial matters in cases all across the United States. He also co-authored an appellate brief that established new law in Texas: a sophisticated business or individual can agree to waive its right to a jury trial before a dispute arises.
Immediately after law school, Paul clerked for Leslie Brock Yates, the Senior Associate Justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Paul earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List, an Assistant Articles’ Editor of the Law Review, a member of The Order of the Lytae (for academic excellence), a member of The Order of Barristers and a member of three of South Texas’ legendary moot court teams. Paul graduated with honors from the University of Houston with honors with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science.
Paul is licensed to practice in the state of Texas, including the Northern, Eastern and Southern Federal District Courts in Texas. Paul has represented clients in courts across the United States. He is a member of the American Bar Association, a Fellow with the Houston Bar Foundation and a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that fights for the rights of all Texans to have their day in court.
Paul has authored or co-authored a number of articles that have appeared in legal and business journals, as well as local newspapers, including:
- Paul Simon, Editorial, Stop Giving Our Rights Away: The Reality of Tort Reform is Unfair System, HOUS. CHRON., Mar. 6, 2011, at B6; available at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7458624.html.
- Paul Simon, Does the Sherman Act Recognize a “Price-Squeezing” Claim Where the Only Duty to Deal Arises from a Regulatory Scheme, 36 ABA PREVIEW (OF UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT CASES), 3 (2008), at 158–63.
- Paul Simon & Beth Fain, Pre-Dispute Jury Waivers Now Enforceable in Texas, 18 THE APPELLATE ADVOCATE, Fall 2005, at 23.
- Jeff Joyce & Paul Simon, How Can an Owner Protect its Company from a Jury of its Peers?, 2004 HOUS. BUS. J. 26 (§ 2, May 7–13).
- Paul Simon, Editorial, Beware Bait-and-Switch by Prop. 12 Supporters, HOUS. CHRON., Sept. 8, 2003, at 17A.
- Paul Simon, The Fourth Amendment’s Exclusionary Rule—Judicial Remedy or Constitutional Mandate: Is There Room for the “Good Faith” Exception?, 41 SOUTH TEX. L. REV. 1101 (Summer 2000).
Should you have any questions, please contact Paul via telephone (713-987-7100) or with the following contact form: