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Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Paul Carlos Southwick


Paul Southwick litigates in state and federal courts. He is experienced in handling complex commercial disputes, with a focus on corporate governance and real estate matters. He also represents LGBT clients in civil rights matters, including before the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice, and advises businesses on restroom and other policies for transgender patrons and employees. Paul has trial and arbitration experience. He takes and defends depositions, drafts and argues dispositive motions, and manages discovery. Paul also works regularly on appellate matters and has successfully argued before Oregon appellate courts.

Representative Experience

Jayce M. v. George Fox University

Representing transgender student denied appropriate on-campus housing. (Ongoing)

Restroom policies

Advising theater client regarding restroom policies for transgender patrons. Advised employer regarding restroom policies for transgender employees. (Ongoing)

Defense of wrongful foreclosure claims for Bank of America

Represented the bank in several wrongful foreclosure actions in state and federal court relating to non-judicial foreclosures. Obtained several judgments in favor of the bank. (2014)

Domaine Javier v. California Baptist University

Represented transgender student expelled from California Baptist University after she came out as transgender. (2014)

Adam Ackley v. Azusa Pacific University

Represented transgender employee who transitioned at work. (2013)

Malone v. SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.

Represented lender in wrongful foreclosure trial, culminating in verdict in favor of client. (2013)

Uhl v. Krupsky

Represented landowner in appeal over adverse possession claim, obtaining favorable opinion that affirmed lower court judgment in favor of client. (2012)

Drollinger v. Gordon Mallon, et al

Represented client in appeal of dismissal of legal malpractice action. Drafted appellate brief and argued before the Oregon Supreme Court, obtaining favorable opinion that allowed client’s malpractice action to proceed at trial court. (2011)

New Seasons Market v. Anderson

Represented employer in whistleblowing action. Case went to arbitration and arbitrator dismissed employee’s claim. (2011)

Ancient Sun Nutrition v. Klamath Valley Botanicals, et al

Represented natural products supplier in multi-jurisdictional dispute over sales agreement. (2010)

Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa et al. v. Kartar Singh Khalsa et al.

Represented ministers in action to recover assets misappropriated from trust for the benefit of religious group. Case culminated in four-week bench trial.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Equality & Diversity Committee, Multnomah Bar Association, 2014-2015
  • Member, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Board Member, Equity Foundation, 2012-2013 
  • Cooperating Attorney, ACLU
  • Executive Committee, OneGeorgeFox

Professional Recognition

  • Received the "Equity Award," Equity Foundation, 2014
  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2014-2015
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2013, National LGBT Bar Association
  • Named "Queer Hero" by Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN) and Q Center, 2013
named one of the best LGBT lwyers under 40 by the national LGBT bar association