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Paul S. Thaler

Partner   |   Washington, DC, Baltimore
Partner   |   Washington, DC, Baltimore

PAUL S. THALER is Managing Partner in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Co-Chair of the Internal Investigations Practice, and a member of the ADR and Commercial Litigation Groups at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. He has successfully defended and prosecuted a wide variety of claims, including breach of commercial contracts, scientific misconduct, theft of trade secrets, copyright infringement, unlawful discrimination, wrongful termination and workplace violence. Paul has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area as well as in numerous federal courts across the country. 

Paul is known for his work in scientific misconduct matters. He has worked with colleges and universities for more than twenty-five years on internal investigations related to allegations of research misconduct. This breadth of experience in working within institutions of higher learning in investigations will complement the experience of our  former prosecutors to provide a level of sophistication and sensitivity to Title IX matters that other firms do not offer. 

Paul has provided private ADR services for nearly 25 years and has mediated or arbitrated hundreds of matters. He has served as a court-appointed mediator for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia since 1992, and in 2009, Paul was appointed to serve as an arbitrator on the D.C. Bar’s Attorney/Client Arbitration Board (“ACAB”), Fee Arbitration Service. In 2016, Paul was elected by the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar to serve a three-year term on the bar’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. The Judicial Evaluation Committee conducts confidential evaluations of judges who preside over the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Paul has also been interviewed in numerous national publications, appeared on network television and testified before the Maryland General Assembly concerning ADR.

He is a speaker on research integrity issues, including being an invited speaker for The Office of Research Integrity (“ORI”), which oversees investigations related to allegations of scientific misconduct on behalf of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Since 1994, Paul has been a regular guest lecturer on the subjects of negotiation and mediation at the George Washington University Law School. He is also an adjunct professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business, teaching courses in Business Ethics and Business Law since 1999. Paul is a fifth-generation Washingtonian and graduated from St. Albans School in 1979.

Paul served as an appointed member representative of the Montgomery County Base Realignment Committee (BRAC) addressing the impact of the Walter Reed Hospital closure and move to Bethesda Naval Medical Center. He was the Vice-chair of the Coalition of Military Medical Center Neighbors and  a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Child Research Center. Paul also served as an appointed member of the Vassar College Fund Advisory Committee.

Associations

Experience
  • Successfully litigated a case of first impression in the Commonwealth of Virginia concerning the ownership of an Internet domain name.
  • Successful mediation spanning 6-months between a local university and its neighbors concerning a new school building.
  • Won an international arbitration in which the arbitrator awarded Paul’s client all of the relief sought including 100% of all legal fees incurred by the client.  Multi-day arbitration included international testimony.
  • Specially assigned by the D.C. Superior Court to mediate several hundred lawsuits at once over attorneys fees between a Washington, D.C. law firm and the City of Washington.  Settled all (nearly 600) claims concerning special education in a short period of time.
  • Successfully defended an established professor at a major east coast university who was accused of plagarism. Paul and his associates critically analyzed and evaluated the situation. They determined that there had been several serious procedural flaws in the university’s investigation. Paul demanded that the university withdraw its letter of termination and hold a trial before the University Senate. After a day-long trial in which many witnesses were called, including several of the highest-ranking members of the university administration, Paul scored a victory for the client. The termination was defeated. The professor remains at the university to this day.
News & Publications
Awards
  • Paul has been named in the Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and “Legal Leaders: Top Rated Lawyers” in Washington, D.C./Baltimore region.
  • Paul has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating for professional ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings provides reviews of lawyers and law firms for consumers and professionals.

Education

Georgetown University, J.D.
Vassar College, A.B.

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
U.S. Court of International Trade