Based in our Houston office, Paul Clote has been a litigation attorney handling trials and appeals for more than four decades. His cases involve commercial and business disputes across a variety of industries. He has tried to verdict in both state and federal courts, cases entailing fiduciary duties; partnership termination and windup; letters of credit; business fraud and civil theft; trust account funds; broker commissions; ERISA disability benefits; child abuse; minimum wage and overtime claims; oil and gas operating agreements; and an election contest. He has argued appeals in the 5th Circuit, Texas Supreme Court and Texas Courts of Appeal.
Paul also serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in complex commercial cases in Houston, Austin and Central Texas.
A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Texas School of Law (with honors), Paul has served as an Adjunct Professor in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Rice University; a Visiting Professor in Commercial Arbitration at the National Law Academy of Odessa, Ukraine; and at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) School of Law. Paul is a member of the Houston and American Bar Associations, American Board of Trial Advocates, Houston and Texas Bar Foundations, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Association of Attorney Mediators. He previously served on the Board of Disciplinary Appeals (appointed by the Texas Supreme Court), including as its Chair.