Paul-Schlaud

Paul Schlaud, Partner

pschlaud@reevesbrightwell.com
ph: 512.334.4504
f: 512.334.4492

Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law

Law clerk to the Honorable Judge Merrick B. Garland

Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1999 (Harvard Law Review)

The University of Texas, B.A. in psychology with highest honors, 1996

Paul is an appellate lawyer and board certified in civil appellate law. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Paul clerked for Judge Merrick Garland, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Paul has worked as a commercial litigator and appellate lawyer handling a wide variety of matters, first as a big firm associate and later as a founding partner at Reeves & Brightwell. Paul has argued cases before the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, Texas Courts of Appeals, and the New Mexico Supreme Court. In addition to his appellate work, Paul has significant experience enforcing arbitration agreements in state and federal courts, litigating software implementation and health care disputes, and defending class actions. Paul is a member of the American Law Institute.
 

Representative Matters

  • Appellate counsel in 5th Circuit appeal involving scope of Ex Parte Young exception
  • Appellate counsel in 5th Circuit appeal involving Title VII discrimination claim
  • Appellate counsel attended all parts of a jury trial in an employer wrongful death gross negligence case
  • Appellate counsel attended all parts of a jury trial that resulted in a defense verdict in a complicated medical causation death case
  • Served as lead counsel in multimillion-dollar software implementation dispute
  • Served as lead defense counsel in a class action alleging violations of California consumer and service contract law
  • Served as lead appellate counsel seeking dismissal on immunity grounds of a mass action against a city arising out of a wildfire
  • Assisted clients with drafting of arbitration agreements and extensive experience litigating motions to compel arbitration in state and federal courts
  • Served as lead defense counsel for insurance carrier removing doctors from custom health care network

 

Reported Cases

  • Vault, LLC v. Dell Inc., 1:18-CV-00633, 2019 WL 113726 (M.D.N.C. Jan. 4, 2019) (successfully moved for a motion to transfer venue from the Middle District of North Carolina to the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, based on a contractual mandatory venue clause).
  • City of Austin v. Liberty Mut. Ins., 431 S.W.3d 817, 821 (Tex. App.—Austin 2014, no pet.) (lead appellate counsel in case where Court of Appeals reversing trial court in part and holding that plaintiffs had failed to plead a valid takings claim).
  • Shelley v. Colorado State Univ., A-14-CA-516 LY, 2015 WL 1004292, at *1 (W.D. Tex. Mar. 6, 2015) (lead counsel in case where court denied joinder of non-diverse defendant).
  • Garcia v. Dell, Inc., 905 F. Supp. 2d 1174 (S.D. Cal. 2012) (member of litigation team in case where court compelled individual arbitration in state wide class action involving alleged wiretap violations).
  • Bean v. Texas Mut. Ins. Co., 2012 WL 5450826 (Tex. App.-Beaumont Nov. 8, 2012, no pet.) (lead counsel in case where Court of Appeals affirmed trial court dismissal of lawsuit because plaintiff failed to exhaust administrative remedies).
  • A.A. ex rel. Betenbaugh v. Needville Indep. Sch. Dist., 611 F.3d 248, 253 (5th Cir. 2010) (member of appellate team where Court of Appeals upheld religious right of Native American kindergartner to wear his long hair in braids at public school).
  • Adler v. Dell Inc., 08-CV-13170, 2009 WL 4580739 (E.D. Mich. Dec. 3, 2009) (lead counsel in case where court compelled individual arbitration in state-wide class action).
  • Oestreicher v. Alienware Corp., 322 Fed. Appx. 489 (9th Cir. 2009) (lead appellate counsel in case where Court of Appeals upheld dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6) of class action alleging defective computer hardware).
  • Fair Isaac Corp. v. Texas Mut. Ins. Co., CIVA H-05-3007, 2006 WL 3484283 (S.D. Tex. Nov. 30, 2006) (member of litigation team in case where court recognized attorney client privilege for internal investigation conducted for general counsel).
  • Humphrey v. United Parcel Serv., 200 Fed. Appx. 950, 951 (11th Cir. 2006) (member of appellate team where Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of RICO and race discrimination claims).

 

Professional Background

  • Law clerk to the Honorable Judge Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1999-2000

 

CLE Presentations

  • Justice Kavanaugh—What Should Businesses Expect, October 2018
  • Arbitration v. Litigation:  Three Perspectives on Contemporary Issues (2018 Austin Bench Bar)(as panelist)
  • Justice Gorsuch—What Should Businesses Expect, April 2017
  • Lessons from the Courthouse:  A Litigators Guide to Contract Drafting (with Sinead O’Carroll), October 2015

 

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Rising Star, 2006-2013

 

Activities and Affiliations

  • American Law Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Section
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Volunteer Legal Services, Clinic Volunteer

 

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals (4th, 5th, 9th, & 11th)
  • All federal district courts in Texas