Paul is a child of the Midwest: Born in Quincy, Illinois, he has since lived in Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois before moving to Minnesota in 1991. After graduating from high school in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, he moved to Valparaiso, Indiana, to attend Valparaiso University where he earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees.
After graduating from law school, Paul moved to Minnesota where he accepted a position at the Minnesota Supreme Court as a law clerk to Justice Rosalie Wahl. A year later, he joined the Minnesota Attorney General’s office where he represented the Department of Human Services. It was at the AG’s office that Paul began to learn and be interested in health care and mental health law. In 2000, he joined the legal department at UnitedHealthcare where he gained expertise in health insurance law. In 2003, he moved across the street (literally) to Allina Hospitals and Clinics where he provided legal advice and counsel to doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other health care providers.
When Allina downsized its law department in 2008, Paul opened his own law practice. In 2010, Paul joined the law department at HealthPartners on a part-time basis (Mondays-Thursdays, usually) so that he has time to help clients in his private practice, though on a more limited basis.
Paul lives in the Seward Neighborhood of Minneapolis.