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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 concentrates his practice on complex commercial disputes, with a focus on corporate governance matters. Paul has experience litigating in state and federal courts, including trial and arbitration experience. He also represents LGBT clients in civil rights matters, including before the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice. Paul also works regularly on appellate matters and has successfully argued before Oregon appellate courts.

Representative Experience

Major Restaurant Brands Client

Managed large-scale discovery relating to multimillion-dollar breach of fiduciary duty claim.

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.

Jayce M. v. George Fox University

Represented transgender student denied appropriate on-campus housing.

Restroom policies

Advise public accommodations regarding restroom policies for transgender patrons. Advise employers regarding restroom policies for transgender employees.

Domaine Javier v. California Baptist University

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

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)

Ancient Sun Nutrition v. Klamath Valley Botanicals, et al

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

Professional & Community Activities

  • Equality & Diversity Committee, Multnomah Bar Association, 2014-2015
  • Board Member, Equity Foundation, 2012-2013

Professional Recognition

  • Received the "Award of Merit," OGALLA, 2015
  • Received the "Equity Award," Equity Foundation, 2014
  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2013, National LGBT Bar Association

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