Paul A. Woodard
Paul represents clients in a broad range of complex civil matters in federal and state courts. He is routinely asked to assist with some of the firm’s most challenging cases due to his reputation for developing creative strategies to tackle complicated legal issues, and the ability to present his arguments in a persuasive and accessible manner. Paul has briefed and argued motions and appeals on subjects ranging from complex business disputes, to high-stakes personal injury cases, and claims arising under a wide array of federal and state statutes, such as the False Claims Act, RICO, civil rights law, and New York consumer protection law.
Paul played a key role in representing the families of the men and women killed in the 2009 crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence, New York, working closely with Terry Connors to plan and direct the joint prosecution of the case. He helped coordinate the plaintiffs’ joint efforts, including document discovery, expert and lay witness depositions, and extensive motion practice – contributions that proved invaluable in successfully resolving the families’ lawsuits.
Paul enjoyed an early start in litigation while earning his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. While at Duke, he was heavily involved with the Duke Law Innocence Project, both acting as the organization’s student director and personally investigating inmates’ claims of wrongful conviction. While in law school, he also represented dozens of clients in a wide variety of criminal proceedings as an intern with the Wake County Public Defender’s Office, and he later gained key trial experience and insight into criminal prosecution as an intern with the Durham County District Attorney’s Office. Paul was selected as a member of the Duke Law Mock Trial Board and served as chair of the school’s annual mock trial tournament.
In addition to his J.D., Paul earned an L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke and studied at the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law in Hong Kong. Prior to law school, he earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College, where he majored in Classics and Mathematics. He received honors for authoring a thesis in each subject and was the only student in his class to complete more than one thesis.
Did You Know? Paul is originally from North Carolina and grew up in Los Angeles. He moved to Western New York in 1999 and now lives in Orchard Park with his wife Kaitlyn and their two dogs.
- Williams College, B.A., magna cum laude
- Duke University School of Law, J.D.
- Duke University School of Law, L.L.M.
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Bar Association of Erie County
- Past Student Director, Duke Law Innocence Project
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society
- Williams College, Erastus C. Benedict Prize in Classics for Latin, First Prize
- Williams College, Erastus C. Benedict Prize in Classic for Greek, First Prize
- Williams College, James Lathrop Rice Prize in Classical Language (two-time recipient)