Paul, Niall A.

Member
Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3874 - office
304.550.6490 - mobile

Education

  • Bridgewater College of Virginia, B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, cum laude, 1987
  • University of Richmond, T. C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1990

Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia; the Southern District of Texas; and the Eastern District of Kentucky
Mr. Paul is leader of the firm's Battle Group, a practice group dedicated to handling high-risk matters heading to trial. His primary areas of practice are trial work, litigation and appellate practice focusing on complex tort litigation, class actions, medical monitoring, commercial and employment litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Tried numerous cases to verdict for clients and litigated hundreds of disputes, including environmental and toxic tort claims, unfair trade practices, deliberate intent injury claims, and employment-related jury, bench and administrative trials
  • One of four lawyers in the nation selected to serve on a "litigation strike force" for an international Fortune 100 company
  • Serves as co-chair and outside counsel liaison for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company's "in-house" tort practice group
  • Often retained as substitute trial counsel in high risk matters
  • Defeated several class action certification motions, including recent victory in significant groundwater contamination action
  • Successfully defeated the West Virginia Attorney General's attempt to obtain a statewide immediate preliminary injunction against the world's leading check guarantee company
  • Counsel at a number of "Daubert" hearings challenging a variety of experts
  • Argued numerous cases before various state and federal appellate courts, including an en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Awards and Distinctions

  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Barrister, Order of Justicia and Order of Certus
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV (Highest)
  • Recognized in Chambers & Partners USA as one of America''s Leading Lawyers for Business in Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized as a West Virginia Super Lawyer
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Chairman and Chief Judge, City of Charleston Civil Service Commission
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute

Affiliations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member and Officer of Hazardous and Chemical Product Committee
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Labor and Employment Law Section, and a member of the following committees: Product Liability (Chair of the Chemical & Industrial Products Sub-Committee), Corporate Counsel, and Toxic Torts and Environmental Law

Publications and Presentations

  • Speaker, Litigation Counsel of America 2012 Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows, Santa Barbara, California, May 2012
  • Speaker, "Trying the Unwinnable Case," Litigation Counsel of America, Renaissance Symposium II, Watercolor, Florida, March 25, 2011
  • Spoken and published on the trial of complex toxic torts and the aggressive management of discovery in chemical product liability claims, including panels such as "Discovering the New Frontier - Discovery Management in the Age of New Science and New Legal Theories"; "We Win, You Lose - A Critical Look at Case Themes"; and "The Advantages and Disadvantages of Trying a Mass Tort or Class Action in Stages"
  • Program Chair and organizer of ABA Workshop: 2006 "Contamination Examination - A Regional CLE Workshop on the Changing Face of Chemical Product Liability Claims"; 2007 "The Chemical Products Liability Trial: Winning at Every Stage"; and 2008 "Mass, Class or Pass - Making Strategic Decisions in the Big Chemical Case"
  • Spoken and published internationally on Sarbanes-Oxley litigation, including a 2003 engagement in London, England
  • "Client Service in the Twenty-First Century - Finding Profits in Partnering," Texas State Bar Lawyer Boot Camp, 2003
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