Conducted an investigation at a state university concerning allegations and concerns of undue influence by the university’s football program and athletic department in Title IX investigations.
Investigated claims of wrongdoing by professors and leadership on campus at a state university.
Investigated issues surrounding the suicide of a state university employee.
Successfully litigated a case of first impression in the Commonwealth of Virginia concerning the ownership of an Internet domain name.
Completed a 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 attorney’s 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 plagiarism. Paul and his team critically analyzed and evaluated the situation and determined that there were several serious procedural flaws in the university’s investigation and 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, we obtained a victory for our client. The termination was defeated and the professor remains at the university to this day.
Successfully represented a research scientist who came to us after receiving a negative result during the scientific misconduct process that was confirmed by the university’s vice president in charge of research. The scientist’s career was in jeopardy as the institution was planning to send the research misconduct finding against him to the federal government. By convincing the university to reverse its decision, Paul and his team preserved our client’s career.
Achieved a significant monetary settlement on behalf of a professor who was the subject of a seriously flawed research misconduct investigation conducted by his university. The amount of the settlement was three times higher than any other settlement to which the university was a party.
Successfully defended a research scientist against allegations of misconduct related to maintaining a registry of patients enrolled in a clinical study. The investigation concluded with a determination that our client had not engaged in research misconduct.
Paul has more than 25 years of experience conducting and representing hundreds of clients in internal investigations on college and university campuses, giving him a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced when dealing with higher education institutions. He is nationally known for his work in scientific misconduct matters and represents both scientists and institutions across the United States in matters involving allegations of plagiarism, fabrication, or falsification of data in the context of scientific research supported by federal funds. As Chair of the Scientific Misconduct group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Internal Investigations and Title IX Groups, Paul has significant experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporations, educational institutions, non-profit groups, and other organizations. This includes Title IX and student conduct investigations on behalf of schools, colleges, and universities.
Throughout his career, Paul has successfully defended and prosecuted a wide variety of claims, including scientific misconduct, Title IX, breach of commercial contract, theft of trade secrets, copyright infringement, unlawful discrimination, wrongful termination, and workplace violence. He represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area and in numerous federal courts across the country. Paul has also provided private ADR services and he has mediated or arbitrated hundreds of matters. Paul serves as an arbitrator on the D.C. Bar’s Attorney/Client Arbitration Board, Fee Arbitration Service. He also served as a court-appointed mediator for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Paul is a thought leader in the fields in which he works. He has been an invited speaker for The Office of Research Integrity (ORI), which oversees investigations in scientific misconduct on behalf of the federal government., the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and a select group of professionals in the field of scientific misconduct brought together to develop new standards in the field. He presented at the most recent ORI Conference in 2017. Paul has also been interviewed in numerous national publications, appeared on network television, and testified before the Maryland General Assembly concerning ADR.
Paul is a fifth-generation Washingtonian and is the Managing Partner of Cohen Seglias’ Washington, DC office. He is an active member of the DC community and 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 also 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 (Washington, D.C.). 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. He is a graduate of St. Albans School and is an active member of its alumni community.